Nakuru's informal settlements to get facelifts – Capital Business
NAKURU, Kenya, Mar 1 – Nakuru County’s Murogi and Lakeview informal settlements are set to get a facelift under the second phase of the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Programme II (KISIP).
The two, along with London/Hilto in Nakuru West Sub-county, and Karagita in Hells Gate Ward of Naivasha Sub-county, will benefit from improved infrastructure and the issuance of land documents.
The first phase saw the county receive a Sh429.7 million grant from the World Bank that was majorly channeled towards improving the drainage infrastructure, waste management, and tarmacing of roads in the slums, as well as the installation of flood lights.
Speaking in his office when he commissioned the County Project Coordination Team (CPCT), Chief Officer for Housing and Urban Development Kamau Kuria noted that the team would be critical in ensuring that the proper project scope is captured by the project consultants so as to ensure the beneficiaries get value for money.
The team will help map out possible areas of extension of trunk infrastructure to the settlements to enable access, while focusing on investment and socio-economic support for the dwellers.
Kuria, who also doubles up as the CPCT Coordinator, noted that the team of experts from Nakuru Municipality, Environment, Social Services, Roads and Infrastructure, Land Physical Planning, Urban Development, as well as Supply Chain and Accounting personnel, would ensure the success of the projects.
“KISIP Phase I implemented a few years ago delivered civil works projects in Gilani, Kaptembwa, and Rhoda settlements in Nakuru Town West Sub-county as well as Karagita, Kamere, Kihoto and Kasarani in Naivasha Sub-county,” said Kuria.
“In consultation with the community, the team will support the planning, surveying and issuance of land documents for residents of these informal settlements to enable them invest, while strengthening the capacity of county officers to deliver on their mandates,” he remarked.
Phase I also delivered title deeds under the tenure of the security component in Tarabete, Keringet, Kasarani, Eastleigh, Kongasis, and Crater Lake.
Phase II envisages enhancing access to basic services and improving tenure security in urban informal settlements by first planning for infrastructure upgrades.