Proposal To Relocate The Capital from Nairobi
The AAK said that the expiry of the master plan for the city that guided development of the city expired and has given way to poor and unplanned constructions in the city. A relocation of the the capital city would also enable an audit of all buildings in the city in order to help avert a catastrophe if a major earthquake occurred in the region.
The AAK Chairman Gideon Mulyungi says Kenya should emulate countries like South Africa that decentralized administrative capitals and relocated them to adjacent areas . He also gave the example of Nigeria and Tanzania moving their administrative capitals from Lagos to Abuja and from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma respectively.
Mr. Mulyungi pointed out that roads serving Nairobi are too narrow to contain the kind of population explosion being witnessed in the city. The cost of housing in Nairobi has also shot up leading to high inflation because demand for housing has outstripped supply and now needs immediate measures that will forestall the rapid and unplanned growth.
A decision to relocate the capital city from Nairobi will not come soon and government position on this is unknown. Past experience in other developing countries shows that the decision to relocate is not easy to reach and will influenced by a myriad of historical, geographical, political and economic reasons amongst others. The proposal to move the capital is justified. According to a World Bank Report prepared in December 2005, urban transition in Sub-Saharan Africa has many positive implications for sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. The report says that relocating administrative capitals is essential to realize the potential of the growing cities and towns in order to further national development goals, including the MDGs
Is someone in Kenya Government going to reply or agree with the AAK soon?