Raila, Michuki unveil Sh15b plan to save Nairobi rivers
By Isaac Ongiri
- 05th Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT +0300
More than 16,046 structures along Nairobi River face demolition to pave way for rehabilitation.Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Environment Minister John Michuki said the Government was concerned over the continued grabbing of land along riverbanks.Yesterday, Raila unveiled a Sh15 billion plan to rehabilitate the river, which cuts across the city.
SEE ALSO :Before you support or opt for cremation, think twiceHe led a 17 inter-ministerial committee to launch the programme at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA). Raila directed Michuki to use all means to evict land grabbers along the river."I direct the honourable Michuki to use all means to ensure the restoration of the Ngong, Nairobi and Mathare rivers," he said.
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The PM announced that the Government had been assured of funds to reclaim the rivers.He said Treasury would inject Sh4.5 billion into the project, and the remaining Sh10.5 billion would come from donors.
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SEE ALSO :Joy, regret as mum jailed for baby’s murder is set freeHe called on them to create a special budget to help in financing the rehabilitation of the river.Michuki said the Government would appreciate willingness by the encroachers to quit voluntarily."We are determined to clean the river and people settled along the river basins must give way," he said.Others present were Roads Minister Chris Obure, Assistant ministers Kabando wa Kabando, Mohamed Haji, and Elizabeth Ongoro.Others were Nairobi Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa, PSs Mohamed Isahakia, Titus Ndambuki, Tirop Kosgey, David Stower, Lawrence Lenayapa and KIA Director Margaret Kobia.
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