Dr. Kidero must do more
30 July 2013, 10:35
I must note that the Nairobi County governor, Dr. Evans Kidero has not had a lot of time in office to effect much of what he promised in his campaign manifesto.
The pace he is going at though is a little bit worrying.
Take the issue of hawkers for instance. Daily in the City, you will be almost certain to smell teargas as the hawkers engage in endless confrontations with City Council askaris. A bad spectacle, if you are faced with the misfortune of getting caught up in the exchange.
The city is perennially dirty and it leaves a number of unanswered questions. Where do the taxes and revenue that the city council collect go? How is that money utilized if the very council we pay money to is not able to clean up our city and ensure some order around the City?
I appreciate some of the efforts the governor is making though. The city clean-ups for instance. But you have to ask yourself, is this the way to go? According to me, it is not quite it.
A few disgruntled city dwellers may want to ask, don’t we pay for the city to be cleaned up?
It is important to live in a clean environment and this cannot be emphasized more. That the city’s leadership has come out to point out that we need to take initiative is indeed a considerate thing.
However, the leadership must do more. The leadership ought to sensitize the people on the need to live in a clean environment. The need not to litter. The need to ensure safe disposal of waste material.
Bylaws barring littering should be effected. But by who, one may ask? Surely not by the same city council askaris who are keen to collect a bribe instead of a parking fee. Not the ones that are ready to harass innocent Kenyans that may not be aware of the bylaws.
A makeover is important. Proper education and sensitization is important. Let us clean up. Let us not litter.
But let the government we pay taxes to take charge of such issues.
Let them not call for clean-ups every weekend yet residents pay hefty fees for the same.
Let there be order and good governance as well as proper management of the City’s institutions.
Let city dwellers be educated and sensitized on proper disposal methods of refuse.
Let the city council provide avenues for proper disposal of the said refuse.
Let hawkers have a designated point to sell their wares.
Let city dwellers abide by this.
Let bylaws be effected.
Let us once and for all have some sanity in this City.
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Pancras Mutuma is a Public relations and Marketing consultant.
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