A grand plan to ensure public land is managed economically has formally been tossed – aimed at addressing land use and growing population.
Kenya’s lands ministry and Physical planning Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi Wednesday said that the launch of National Spatial Plan (2015-2045) will aim to fix longstanding regional imbalance, often-cumbersome subject to talk about that dictates development across all the country’s million acres of public land.
“The NSP development strategies have been designed to provide approaches for spatial growth and development of the country by addressing factors that have prevented the country from achieving intended national goals and objectives,” said Kaimenyi.
Bosses of the impacted ministries like transport, mining, agriculture and defense as well as tourism docket believe the framework will further seek to address the housing, urban facilities, transportation, safety and infrastructure challenges the Kenya continue to grapple with.
The plan, to be reviewed every 10 years is also expected to see the whole country’s growth is in tandem with other fast growing regions like Nairobi, Mombasa and Nyeri towns in securing future of rural areas for decades to come.
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If fully implemented NSP will promote competitiveness, prosperity and a high quality of life for all citizens in line with aspirations of Kenya Vision 2030.
But the ‘once in a lifetime’ plan, a first for the nation, hinges on public and stakeholders support in the backing and implementation of the project.
“It is one thing to launch such an ambitious plan, it is yet another thing to implement it,” expressed Kaimenyi.
Regime change, poor planning, bureaucracy and lack of political will have continued to stall or slow down crucial projects initiated by state, underlining how Kenya’s politics still weigh heavily on developments.