How Kidero is transforming Nairobi
The remarkable success of Singapore in transforming itself from a tiny third-world country into a first-world city state can be attributed to a number of factors which include:
Strong, politically neutral and visionary leadership of the like of Lee Kuan Yew steering the transformation experience.
Pragmatic approach to addressing issues arising during the transformation experience.
Inclusive and accommodative policy on ethnic groups during the transformation experience.
The ability to think long term and avoid populist measures, among many others. The question is can Nairobi City draw these lessons, or is Nairobi City already on this transformation path? A quick checklist reveals the following:
Nairobi is lucky to have its first Governor in the transformation process, an undeniably less polarizing seasoned professional with a transformation and revival history in his past engagements.
Dr. Kidero is a hard-nosed pragmatic realist while dealing with issues surrounding the transformation experience. Examples can be found in how he has delicately handled the CORD-JUBILEE political dynamics and competition in the City, the traffic flow and decongestion plans.
Kidero drums on roundabouts, only one side turns on the highways and now the cancellation of all PSV licenses of Matatus into the CBD, environmental restoration.
Beginning with the major highways (Kidero grass) and franchising the collection of garbage, progressively sizing the entrenched cartel networks running roughshod in City Hall we all know in which sectors, and concentrating on high impact projects affecting the majority most informal settlements can now consistently access affordable water, drugs and healthcare services, with fire engines being now able and in time get to affected settlements in case of emergencies in all the City corners.
Dr. Evans Kidero’s transformation working team constitutes all most ethnic tribes in Kenya, gender and all age inclusive as the face of Kenya beginning with the highest policy and decision making organ, honestly, do I really need to further belabor this particular point?
Dr. Kidero has tried as much as possible despite consistent political pressure and blackmail to minimize populist measures in the transformation experience. This explains why he began by spearheading the development of an Integrated Urban Master Plan (NIUPLAN) as a point of reference to avoid haphazard, unplanned and unsustainable development the last one was developed in 1973.
The NIUPLAN is primed to address or spearhead urban regeneration, land use, affordable housing, economic development and improve living conditions in the informal settlements among many others.