World Bank approves Sh16bn loan for roads, clean water

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Lynet Igadwah] The World Bank has approved a Sh16.2 billion ($150 million) loan for Kenya to upgrade infrastructure and improve access to basic services in slums. The loan targeting 1.7 million residents will go to provision of clean water, street lighting, improved roads and sanitation in urban informal settlements. The funds…


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Isiolo County sees renewed growth but land grabbers a new headache

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Share      [Source: Daily Nation, by Waweru Wairimu] While Isiolo has witnessed major developments since devolution came into place and become an engine of economic growth, land disputes continue to impede development in the expansive county. The once small dusty Isiolo town that sits at the border with Meru County, and which previously had no single tarmacked…


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Article: Land tenure woes a threat to Kenya’s urban development – James Odongo

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by James Odongo] The recent land evictions witnessed following the move by the ministries of Land, and Water and Sanitation to reclaim 3,000 acres of land in Ruai that had been set aside for the expansion of the Dandora sewerage treatment plant has put land rights and management issues more visibly back…


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Nyandarua County eyes Aberdare Forest to expand town

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by James Kariuki] Nyandarua County has renewed its bid to hive off 163 acres from Aberdare Forest to expand Ndaragwa township, its dairy market and animal feed manufacturing hub. In its application to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Nyandarua County government says it has already presented a new request to the…


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Keep off park, Environment CS tells developer (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Jeckonia Otieno] The Ministry of Environment has warned individuals laying claim to part of the refurbished Michuki Park that the government will not allow alternative use of the park. In April, a law firm wrote to the Environment Ministry after the Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko threw out a private developer from…


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Nakuru County stops building plans due to fault lines

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Julius Chepkwony] Nakuru County Government yesterday put a halt to all development plans in areas shown to have major weak fault lines. Some areas of Nakuru Town West, including Shabab, Teamsales, Total roundabout and Pyrethrum Estates were under survey by a team of experts from Kenya Electricity Generating Company and Geothermal Development…


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Property market loses Sh60 billion to flooding

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Mwangi Muiruri] Major stakeholders in the property sector are warning that the continued flooding in major towns and cities could see developers count huge losses estimated at Sh60 billion annually. This presents new challenges to the real estate sector occasioned by increased costs that eat into the developers’ profit margin, as…


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Nanyuki’s expansive land draws property developers (Laikipia County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Jacinta Mutura] Situated on the edge of Nyeri, Meru and Laikipia counties, Nanyuki has emerged as a favourite spot for real estate development, tourism and trade, and is growing at a fast pace. Its strategic position provides easy access to northern and central Kenya, making it an ideal destination for investors looking…


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