Public Participation For Kiambu County Spatial Plan Begins

The Department of Housing and Planning in Kiambu County is undertaking public participation forums for the ten-year CSP programme running from 2023-2024 Financial Years.

The engagements are a prerequisite for the various development projects to be carried out in the County.

Article 174 of the Constitution of Kenya, grants powers to the common Mwananchi to self-govern and enhances their participation in making decisions affecting them.

The exercise, which began yesterday, has covered twelve venues, including two sites in Thika, Ruiru, Gatundu North, and South. Others are Juja Kiambu, Limuru, and Kikuyu, with one site each. The remaining Lari, Githunguri, Kiambaa, Kabete, Ndeiya, and Karai are scheduled for today.

The plan, once complete, will provide a development framework of 10 years (2024-2024) by outlining policies, guidelines regarding infrastructure development, environmental protection, and goals for land use and development within the County Government of Kiambu.

In attendance were representativ
es from Mwihoko ward, Ruiru Sub County, who gave a scintillating projection of what the region should look like in 10 years’ time.

The residents want issues addressed to include education, with the group calling for the construction of ECDE centre in the ward to be fully equipped and well-staffed. They also called on the Ministry to establish TVET and VTI centres so as to help address the skill gap in the ward.

On matters of transport, the delegation from Mwihoko called on the ministry to improve the quality of access roads in the Mwitirithia, Mwibuko, New Kahawa Sukari, Mahira, Mutuya, Kizito, Langata, and Mwiki areas.

The group, led by its Spokesperson, Kariuki Nderu, also urged the Kiambu County Government to double down on waste management in the region, saying there should be no off days when it comes to garbage collections.

‘Regular garbage collection should be done by the county trucks,’ Nderu said.

Touching on land ownership in the area, the group implored the County to fast-track the issuance of
title deeds to legitimate owners and also start the process of recovering lost public land, terming this a priority.

The forum has been put in place by the Kiambu County Government under Governor Wamatangi’s leadership, partnering with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) under the Digital Land Governance Programme (DLGP).

In attendance was Director of Physical Planning, Madam Hannah Maranga, who said such forums are the way to go if the county is to achieve its set development agendas.

‘This project will give us a useful framework for deliberate development agendas in the county,’ she said.

Other members present were FAO Cluster Representative Mr. Josephat Kariuki, respective sub-county planners, representatives from MCA offices, Municipal Managers, ward administrators, Nyumba Kumi representatives, and representatives from the invited professional bodies.

Source: Kenya News Agency