Residents of Maridadi Settlement schemes have elected their representatives for the Settlement Executive Committees (SECs) and Grievance Redress Committees (GRCs) as part of the Kenya Informal Settlement Program II (KISIP II).
These committees will play a crucial role in overseeing the implementation of projects under KISIP II, a collaborative initiative between the World Bank and the county government of Trans Nzoia.
The committees will comprise representatives from diverse segments of society, including youth, People Living with Disabilities, widows, Faith-Based Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and minority groups.
Under KISIP II, the World Bank will support residents to get land title deeds, a move that is expected to enhance the lives of residents.
The GRC will be tasked with addressing grievances arising from project implementation, with more complex issues being referred to a corresponding county-level committee.
Patrick Osoro, Chief Officer for Lands and Urban Planning, urged residents to actively support and champion projects initiated by the county government and other development partners.
He emphasized Governor George Natembeya’s commitment to fulfilling campaign promises and ensuring the successful execution of all planned projects.
Edith Barasa, the County KISIP Coordinator, outlined the primary responsibilities of the SECs, which include ensuring that residents of the scheme are kept informed about project updates and mobilizing them when necessary.
Lilian Nyambura, the KISIP II representative, called on the Maridadi residents to fully support the initiative, adding that all complaints that may arise must go through the recommended channels.
Timothy Simiyu, one of the land owners, lauded the World Bank for the support and expressed hope that the land title deeds will improve their living standards and curb the issue of land conflict.
Residents expressed gratitude to the county administration for launching projects that promise to usher in growth and development.
They highlighted how poor infrastructure had previously deterred potential investors from their area.