A CALL FOR LESS TALK AND MORE ACTION
The ongoing heavy rains have resulted in major floods as recently evidenced along major streets in the CBD of Nairobi and industrial area; major arteries including Mombasa Road, Jogoo Road, Uhuru Highway and Limuru Road and in informal settlements constructed on riparian land along Nairobi River such as in Mathare, Mukuru and Sinai.
As a result, these floods have caused traffic congestion which has resulted into structurally unsound buildings collapsing in Juja, Ruai, Kariobangi among other. Some of these buildings had already been identified as unfit for occupation by the NCA. These collapses have led to unnecessary damage of property and even unfortunate loss of lives.
The good news is that we all agree what the problem is – the poor drainage system of the city. Governor Sonko himself agrees as captured in his recently released statement. The sad news however is that we have sung this song for too many years now. Immediate action needs to be taken.
As we call government and citizens to action, it would be prudent to first grasp an understanding of why our city’s drainage system is non-performing.
Find attached full report.