President William Ruto has appointed former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu a member of the Nairobi Rivers Commission. Waititu, who was impeached from office in 2018 has been in court over an alleged irregular award of a Ksh588,198,328 road construction tender to Testimony Enterprise Ltd.
The new Nairobi Rivers Commission established by the Head of State will be chaired by Dr. Pamela A. Olet, Dr. Mumo Musuva – a Representative from Nairobi City County; and Ms. Grace Senewa Mesopirr — Representing the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
In a Gazette Notice dated December 2, 2022, President Ruto said the Nairobi Rivers Commission has been tasked to “Reclaim the rivers of Nairobi as a spine to the city’s blue and green infrastructure for a better urban environment and quality of life.”
Other members of the Commission are Ms. Eva Muhia – Representing Riverine Communities; Ms. Elizabeth Wathuti – Representing Civil Society; Ms. Carlota Dal Lago – Representing the Private Sector; Prof. Eng. Elijah Biama – Representing Academia and Dr. Duncan Ojwang – Representing Academia.
“In particular reference to Nairobi River Basin Project (UNEP, 2000); Adopt-A-River Initiative (UNEP and Rotary Clubs, 2019–ongoing), Nairobi River Regeneration Initiative (UN-Habitat and GoK, 2020– ongoing); and Urban Rivers Regeneration Programme (NEMA, 2019 – 2024) and incorporate the lessons to the new initiative,” reads the Gazette Notice.