Former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, who supported President William Ruto in the last election campaign, has been awarded the nine-member Nairobi River Commission (NRC).
The NRC, which was appointed by a notice in the Kenya Gazette on December 2, will be chaired by Dr Pamela, former chairman of the Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council.
Nairobi County Government will be represented by Dr Mumo Musuva, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Grace Senewa Mesopirr and Eva Muhia River Community.
Other members are environmentalist Elizabeth Wathuti for civil society groups, Carlota Dal Lago for the private sector, Elijah Biama for academics and Dr Duncan Ojwang, dean of the Faculty of Law of Nazarene University of Africa.
President Ruto said the NRC will be used to restore Nairobi's rivers as the backbone of the city's green infrastructure, improving the city's environment and the quality of life of residents.
President Ruto said the NRC will review previous reports and recommendations to restore the Nairobi River and incorporate lessons learned into new initiatives.
The team will assess the river for current and future problems and their causes and develop the Nairobi River Basin Restoration Program to restore and develop the Nairobi Basin and its associated infrastructure.
This enables everyone to fully enjoy a safe, inclusive and healthy environment and unlock the socio-economic potential of the basin.
It will also coordinate the work of various players to restore, protect, restore, beautify and sustainably develop the watershed in the district. The aim is to transform Nairobi's river system into the city's new economic and retail frontier.
The NRC will also monitor compliance with laws and regulations governing the basin environment and water catchment areas in collaboration with district government departments, institutions and/or ministries and the national government, and initiate institutional and regulatory changes if necessary.
President Ruto said there is an obligation to protect the nation's environment and heritage for the benefit of current and future generations.
To combat the devastating effects of climate change in Kenya, the government wants to take several measures to combat environmental degradation.
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