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EX-KIAMBU GOVERNOR APPOINTED TO NAIROBI RIVERS COMMISSION.

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• Ferdinand Waititu (Babayao) appointed as a member of the Nairobi Rivers Commission by President William Ruto.
• The Commission established by President William Ruto to reclaim the rivers of Nairobi as a spine to the city’s blue and green infrastructure

Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu Babayao, who was impeached from office, has been appointed as a member of the Nairobi Rivers Commission by President William Ruto.

The Nairobi Rivers Commission established by President William Ruto to reclaim the rivers of Nairobi as a spine to the city’s blue and green infrastructure for a better urban environment and quality of life.

The commission will also examine previous reports and recommendations made to reclaim the Nairobi River and adopt to new ideas made in the new initiative. It will be chaired by Dr. Pamela A. Olet, Dr. Mumo Musuva – Representative from Nairobi City County; and Ms. Grace Senewa Mesopirr — Representing the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.

Other members include Ms. Eva Muhia – Representing Riverine Communities; Ms. Elizabeth Wathuti – Representing Civil Society; Ms. Carlota Dal Lago – Representing the Private Sector; Prof. Eng. Elijah Biama – Representing Academia and Dr. Duncan Ojwang – Representing Academia.

Other roles of the commission will include coordinating activities of various players mandated to engage in the rehabilitation, protection, restoration, beautification and sustainable development of the riverine basin within Nairobi City County, monitoring compliance with the laws and regulations governing the environment of the Basin and its catchment areas as well as developing codes of conduct and proposing modalities for enforcement in partnership with the relevant stakeholders.

The Commission members shall hold office for a term of three years renewable once based on performance.
According to a Gazette Notice dated December 2, 2022, the Nairobi Rivers Commission shall be financed through funding appropriated for the Commission’s use by the National Government and the Nairobi City County Government as well as donations.

By Irene Mutu