By Mary Anyango and Bryanne Onsoti
Nairobi 2nd Dec 2016… Lands CS Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has appealed to both the Senate and National Assembly to fast track the enactment of the Physical Planning Act Bill which is currently before Parliament.
Prof Kaimenyi’s call was contained in a Speech read on his behalf by both lands PS Arch. Mariamu el Maawy and lands Secretary Mr. Peter Kahuho respectively during meetings held in Nairobi to brief both the Council of Governors and the National Assembly on the National Spatial Plan to be officially launched before end of the year.
“The National Spatial Plan (NSP) has been prepared in fulfilment of the Kenya Vision 2030 which identified the Plan as a flagship project in laying the foundation for socio-economic transformation for the country.” said the Lands CS
Prof Kaimenyi said that the NSP facilitates realization of the National Land Policy principles of equity, productivity, efficiency and sustainability as espoused in the Constitution of Kenya.
The lands CS said that NSP covers the entire territory of Kenya in the context of the broad Constitutional definition of land that includes the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone and the sea bed and defines the general trend and direction of spatial development for the country.
He said the future use of land and distribution of activities and provides for linkages between different activities within the national space.
“Implementation of the National Spatial Plan is expected to enhance coordination among the various sectors, modernize agriculture, create regional balance, optimise the use of land and land based resources, enhance functionality of rural and urban settlements, promote industrialization as well as conserve and protect the environment.” Said Prof Kaimenyi
He appealed to governors to prepare and implement various County Spatial Plans to propagate the principles and values elucidated to this Plan.
In her remarks, Arch. el Maawy said that the preparation of the Plan entailed an all-inclusive, multidisciplinary, multi-sectoral and participatory approach involving views and expert opinions collected and collated through a structured and consultative process that brought together stakeholders drawn from the public, private and civil society organizations.
The meetings were attended by among others, Governors Dr. Julius Malombe of Kitui, Eng. John Mruttu of Taita Taveta, Jack Ranguma of Kisumu, Senator Billow Kerrow of Mandera, World Wide Fund Director Dr. Jared Bosire and several Members of Parliament.