President William Ruto has appointed former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu Babayao, who was impeached from office to the Nairobi Rivers Commission.
The Nairobi Rivers Commission established by President Ruto will be chaired by Dr. Pamela A. Olet with other members being Mumo Musuva – Representative from Nairobi City County – 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.
President Ruto said in a Gazette Notice dated December 2, 2022 that the Nairobi Rivers Commission’s mandate is 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.”
“In particular reference to Nairobi River Basin Project (UNEP, 2000); Adopt-A-River Initiative (UNEP and Rotary Clubs, 2019–ongoing), Nairobi River Regeneration Initiative (UN-Habitat and GoK, 2020– ongoing); and Urban Rivers Regeneration Programme (NEMA, 2019 – 2024) and incorporate the lessons to the new initiative,” reads the Gazette Notice.
The Commission membership is limited to three years, renewable once based on performance.
The commission will also review previous reports and recommendations to reclaim the Nairobi River and incorporate lessons learned into the new initiative.
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