Westlands MP Hon Tim Wanyonyi, in collaboration with Civil Society Urban Development Platform (CSUDP), the Urban Development Department of The University of Nairobi, Nairobi County Government and other stakeholders, have today kicked off the process of upgrading Githogoro Informal Settlement by engaging the residents.
The upgrading will involve installation of social infrastructure and physical infrastructure such as social halls, drainages and ablution blocks, introducing income generating activities for the youth and women, environment and solid waste management through a biodigester, capacity building among the communities in addition to addressing cross cutting issues such as drugs and insecurity among others.
The Westlands MP sensitized the Githogoro residents of the initiative while highlighting the key milestones it will yield.”Githogoro will be more accessible and enable access of medical services as well as fire trucks. Similarly, with interconnected ablution blocks, proper solid waste management and a biodigester there will be improved sanitation preventing break out of diseases and creation of jobs for the youth. A social hall will enhance active engagement of youth through arts as well as provide a venue for community meetings,” Tim Wanyonyi said.
He requested the members of the community to cooperate with CSUDP and UON Urban Development students as they prepare a blue print to guide the implementation of the project in the next ten days.”Through the chief, the elders in the community and the youth facilitate our friends to walk through the informal settlement as they map and provide and inventory to guide the implementation of the programme,” the soft spoken legislator added.
Hon Tim Wanyonyi reiterated his firm stand against corrupt cartels who have grabbed public utility lands. He lamented the lack of land to build basic social amenities such as hospitals and schools. Furthermore, he said the corrupt have developed the tendency to hide behind their tribes in the fight against graft.
Situated on both sides of the Nothern by-pass linking Limuru and thika roads, Githogoro is one of Nairobi’s grossly underserved informal settlements with a population estimated to be around 15,000.
The area Chief as well as the Karura ward administrator Patrick Orenga was present and represented the County Government of Nairobi.