Nairobi regeneration team urges patience

Irene Githinji @gitshee

The Nairobi regeneration committee has affirmed that the process of transforming the city to restore its lost glory is well on course.

The committee co-chaired by Tourism Cabinet secretary Najib Balala and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said the first 30 days of the initiative, which expired yesterday, has borne fruit with a lot happening behind the scenes.

Balala said the committee pushed for 53,000 title deeds that in the first period which will be issued out by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the end of the month.

Most of those to receive titles are landowners from Eastlands, even as the committee urged people with allotment letters to present them for easier processing of title deeds.

Also within the 30-day period, Balala said roads have been mapped out and the National Treasury will release funds to allow for major repairs.

“We want to assure that the National government’s work in this initiative is to complement the work of Sonko, the primary responsibility lies with the governor and we have committed to stop the blame games with the objective to revitilise Nairobi,” he said.

He spoke yesterday at City Hall as they issued a joint communique alongside Sonko and Cabinet secretaries Keriako Tobiko (Environment), Farida Karoney (Lands) and James Macharia (Transport).

They urged Nairobi residents to be patient saying the programme is divided into 30 days, 90 days and 180 days and that tangible changes will be felt by December.

The regeneration team is also in the process of laying down the foundation for a Bus Rapid Transit System.

“The bus specification has been finalised and procurement of 50 high capacity buses has been initiated,” said Balala.

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