Exploring Options for Leaseholds in the Mukuru Special Planning Area

Paper prepared for presentation at the “2019 WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY” The World Bank- Washington DC, March 25-29, 2019

28 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2019

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Smith Ouma

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School

Jane Weru

Akiba Mashinani Trust

Emily Kinama

Katiba Institute

Date Written: August 5, 2019

Abstract

The declaration of the informal settlements of Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Kwa Reuben and Viwandani slums as a Special Planning Area (SPA) was momentous given the numerous challenges that have been occasioned by lack of, or poor planning in the area. Extensive discussions have been held with the aim of finding solutions to the longstanding concerns of inadequate access to sanitation and lack of proper housing within these areas. Actualization of proposed solutions in the past have however stalled as a result of the unresolved question of land ownership within the slums. It has been noted with concern that the land question in the slums continues to be a barrier to planning imperatives that may be beneficial to these settlements. This paper explores some possible options available to Nairobi City County Government to deal with the leaseholds in the Mukuru SPA to enable proper planning and upgrading of Mukuru.

Keywords: Mukuru, Kenya, Special Planning Area

Suggested Citation

Ouma, Smith and Weru, Jane and Kinama, Emily, Exploring Options for Leaseholds in the Mukuru Special Planning Area (August 5, 2019). Paper prepared for presentation at the “2019 WORLD BANK CONFERENCE ON LAND AND POVERTY” The World Bank- Washington DC, March 25-29, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3432464 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3432464

Smith Ouma (Contact Author)

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 59857
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Nairobi, Nairobi 00200
Kenya

Jane Weru

Akiba Mashinani Trust

Kenya

Emily Kinama

Katiba Institute

Kenya

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