BY FRED LASITI PERE
The economic potential of Narok town cannot be over emphasized.
In a 2012 report by the World Bank the International Finance Corporation Report dubbed Doing Business in Kenya, Narok was ranked second behind Malaba as one of the best place to start a business.
However, there are serious issues which are holding the town and whole county back, pollution being one of them.
Litters and all sort of rubbish are scattered in every corner of the town, Narok River is not spared despite NEMA’s office being located a few meters from the river.
You will be forgiven to think that some streets in the Narok town are dumpsites!
An ineffective water storm system is ruining businesses, lack of public toilets causing nightmares and proper waste disposal points in the county is a major problem.
Pollution in Narok town is a big challenge and that the county government failure to address it means admission.
Despite its important place in Kenya as a tourist hub, streets in Narok town are impassable and in a sorry state.
As an environmentalist, I share concerns on how camps are mushrooming in the Mara and how structures are being erected within the county towns, strict regulations needs to be put in place.
The county needs to bank on clean-up exercises not only in Narok town but also in every corner of the county including the Mara- the tourists’ cradle of the county.
Everyone can contribute to making Narok look nice, but most importantly the county government should put in place measures to address the issue of pollution.
The county government should, if it has failed to clean-up the town, make it mandatory for occupiers of houses in Narok town to beautify the perimeter areas of their buildings.
The county government may also consider carrying out sensitization events aimed at supporting of the various initiatives to inspire Narokians in cleaning up and preserving the county environment.
If in India, the 15th Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can lead clean-up exercises with a broom in his hand or President Kenyatta tweet that Kibera slums will have a new face or Machakos County establish a beautiful park, then I believe Narok can make strides. Or what fantasy are Narok leaders selling?
In a county with an estimated population of close to 1.5 million as of 2015, cleanliness matter a lot. Article 42 of the Constitution asserts the right to a clean and healthy environment for everyone.
If we are to establish Narok as a financial hub in Kenya, which I have no doubt we can, we need to go an extra mile to solve every issue which holds it back.
I believe that if we address these issues, we are still a great county with huge potential, and we will realize our full potential.
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