Poor city plan­ning, graft to blame for sew­er­age prob­lems

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

It is be­com­ing com­mon to see sew­er­age leak­ages and sewage spilling on ma­jor roads in Nairobi. Of course, if you go to most of the es­tates on the out­skirts of Nairobi, and many other towns in the coun­try this has al­ready be­come the norm. When it rains, one of the main prob­lems we have is con­tam­i­na­tion of wa­ter, lead­ing to pesti­lence. At the same time, lack of proper plan­ning has re­sulted in floods, de­struc­tion of prop­erty and loss of lives when it rains heav­ily. No­tably, one of the signs of a grow­ing econ­omy is the de­vel­op­ment of ur­ban cen­tres, which in essence means es­tab­lish­ment of real es­tate struc­tures all over the place. The prop­erty mar­ket has been one of the key growth ar­eas in Kenya, at least since 2003. Un­for­tu­nately, less at­ten­tion is be­ing aid to plan­ning when do­ing so. We must en­sure proper plan­ning to avoid cre­at­ing more prob­lems. One way is by by erad­i­cat­ing cor­rup­tion.

HAR­RI­SON IKUNDA Nairobi

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