Development in Kenya have citizens hopeful

2017-11-17 11:00

In generations' since time colonial powers allowed settlement of the Nubian community in to the Kibera area, it has been the first time ever to have state powers pulled towards improving the now Africa’s second largest slum after Soweto in South Africa.

Following the now duped ‘UHURUTO’ administration taking charge of the country, the Kibera dwellers have had a reason to smile in reference to the many years they have lived in misery.

Just in 2010, security in the slam was dearly wanting with residents finding it difficult to venture into profitable and sustainable entrepreneurship with fear of being robbed. The predecessor governments have been turning a blind eye on the security issue in Kibera but that has been a major concern of the Jubilee administration. The government has introduced the community police posts in the slam with the objective of easing the access to policing services. This has improved security and eased tensions that were being experienced during odd hours. The police posts offer support to the existing administration police station and camps that have been existent before.  

Transport has been a major challenge in the slam with her totally having lucked main roads that would link her to the civilized world of Nairobi. With the Jubilee administration in power however, more transition has been experienced with the construction and completion of the Bombolulu-Otiende road linking Kibera to Lang’ata. Consequently the ongoing construction of a Bitumen Standard of Ngong road-Kibera-Kungu Karumba highway through the Kibera slum has exposed the area to civilization and access to business opportunities.

Sanitation has hindered settlements to the slam with her having lucked toilets. In that context, every one familiar with the slam would recall the origin of the term “flying toilets”. Early 2014, the national government made it a different scenario after it engaged the National Youth Service,NYS to ensuring sanitation to the slam was improved. Construction of public toilets was initiated through the Kazi kwa Vijana initiative that was supervised by the NYS. Even though the initiative was existent as from 2009, its effect had not been felt in the slam until after the Jubilee Administration took over from a praised leadership of immediate retired president Mwai Kibaki. Today, the area has access to public toilets that are well maintained by employed youths. The same projects saw the construction of drainage systems that opened up the area to easy management of storm waters.

Initially, the slam dwellers solely depended on the St. Mary’s Mission Hospital in Lang’ata as the only close by facility for health solutions. However that has been eased with first aid services and minor treatments being brought close to the residents after the first lady introduced the beyond zero static and mobile clinics in the region and country wide with the objective of reduced maternal deaths during delivery. Today, St. Mary’s mission hospital works majorly as a referral hospital.

The slum upgrade project has seen more than 3000 low cost houses being constructed to ease pressure on the lowly earning community in Kibera.

The Relocation Action Plan, RAP project that was furnished by Jubilee government collaborating with the World Bank has seen the ease of pressure from the inhabitation and encroachments along the Railway line across Kibera slam. The ongoing construction has seen lots A,B and C complete with lot D yet to be completed. The project has seen more than 4000 residential units being constructed.

The land ownership problem experienced by the Nubian community said to have settled in Kibera for many decades now received a stunning solution. This is after the Jubilee Administration sorted to offer them title deeds. On the 2nd June 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta offered a 288 acre title deed to the chairman of the council of elders of the Nubian community Sheikh Issa Abdulfaraj at the state house. This was seen as a move by the jubilee government to solve what many have termed as a historical injustice as the Nubian community is believed to have been offered the land by the colonial authorities.

The partnership between the Kenyan Government and the United States of America to provide subsidized rates of power connection enabled the residents to have safe, legal and reliable connections. The move has reduced the high levels of fire brake outs being reported in the slam.

The move by the Jubilee administration to see an upgrade to the living standards in Kibera slam has attracted several investors in the region. The up bring of business ventures like Kibera Town Centre, improved schools and tertiary education institutes is being seen as a positive move to have Kibera a better place in the future.

As many say, 1000 mile journey starts with a step and Kibera has a reason to believe that its development journey has just begun.

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