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Nakuru town in crisis

15 February 2012, 12:19 Steve Wambugu

Nakuru town which is rated as the fastest growing town in East and Central of Africa is at the blink of losing its newly acquired status following numerous challenges that have become a nightmare for the investors and local residents. 
The once beautiful town under the sun in the late 80’s and early 90’s, has slowly started taking up a new status of being the most polluted and congested town in Kenya today, this is due to the 1.7 million people who reside in this town.   
Among the challenges that are facing this town are; shortage of water, street families, and garbage collection, poor planning of housing, congestion and high level of insecurity.

According to one Amos Nyakombo, the chairman of bicycle boda boda in Nakuru, said that, the biggest challenge the town is facing was poor drainage where sewer systems are in poor condition in most of the areas therefore creating a health hazard to the public.

”Most of our town’s sewer system are either broken or broken which I feel it’s a pending danger to our health” Amos said.

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A view of Nakuru town

He added that, congestion is a nightmare and also pollution of environment where the council and NEMA are allowing cutting down of
trees leaving the town bare and are not re-planting others.

“The town is too congested for anyone to transact his or her business well, while on the on the other hand the council continues to cut trees without emphasizing on its residence the importance of replanting other trees” Amos added. 

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Street boy’s sits on a pavement of a busy street in Kenyatta Avenue Nakuru town hoping they will get something to eat from any of the well wishers, the town is said to have over 700 street children and families.

Another thorny issue that is facing the town is the issue of a burial ground, where both cemeteries north and south are full to capacity but still the council is yet to acquire a new peace of land for cemetery.

According to one former Deputy Commissioner of Lands Elisha Chebii the government had Urban New Planning project in 1990 for Nakuru in order to expand roads and public but never came to pass.

Elisha said apart from National park Nakuru have no other recreation facilities where local residents can afford to visit and this pose as a challenge for a growing town.

“Back in the 1990 their was a certain project by the name Urban New Planning which was meant to plan for the construction of roads and housing but the project failed to take off from the ground”  Elisha said.
Other challenges he noted was shortage of water, poor roads land and fragmentation.

According to one prominent lady Susan Chesiyna who is also chairlady of Business and Professional Women Club Nakuru chapter (BPW), she blamed the local leaders and town Mp lee Kinyanjui for failing to give the residence a way forward when it comes into planning.

“Out leaders have really failed as big time because their were no ways or measures that had been put into place for the expansion of the town and all this challenges that this town is facing today is as a results of that failure of planning” Susan said.
Chesiyna has also decried land fragmentation and sub-division across the town especially at high class estate in Milimani and Section 58 saying it’s a security threat to the resident.

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