By Bryanne Onsoti and Joseph K. Mwangi
Nairobi 11th Nov… Lands and Physical Planning CS, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi says that his Ministry is set to have the National Land Use policy finalized and submitted to parliament for approval and eventual drafting as a sessional paper.
Prof. Kaimenyi spoke when he presided over a breakfast meeting at a Nairobi hotel to mark the World Planning Day.
The Lands CS said that the event recognizes and promotes the role of planning in creating livable cities and communities.
“Our urban areas have become more accommodative and responsive to the needs of the citizens to the extent of affording the opportunities to eke out a living even from the city streets for instance the case of street vendors in Gikomba.” Explained Prof Kaimenyi.
The Lands CS said that urban residents in Kenya have a relatively easy access to variety of transport modes for movement of people and goods.
Prof Kaimenyi said that his Ministry is assisting County government to put in place necessary instruments to guide planning in the country.
“My desire is that our parliament expedites its approval to pave way for enactment and consequent drafting of the regulations to facilitate operationalization.” Said Prof Kaimenyi.
Prof Kaimenyi called on the planners to not only play their rightful role but also to adhere to ethical behavior in their practice.
The Land CS said that His Ministry through the department of Physical Planning intends to prepare relevant manuals to guide preparation and implementation of plans at county, city and urban levels.
Later, Prof Kaimenyi flagged off a procession of university students to commemorate the day.
Members of the Kenya Institute of Planners (KIPS) and the National Director of Physical Planning, Mr. Augustine Masinde were among those who took part in the celebrations.
Mr. Masinde said that planning has come of age from the various challenges urban centers are facing.
“We should start appreciating the efforts of planning and lets champion our issues together. “Said the Physical Planning Director.