The Chief Officer for Public Participation and Citizen Engagement, Edward Gitau, and his counterpart for Disaster Management, Joyce Ncece, hosted a public participation forum at Kihoto AP grounds in Lakeview Ward, Naivasha Sub-county. The primary focus of the discussion was preparedness for perennial flooding, aligning with Governor Susan Kihika’s commitment to inclusive stakeholder engagement.
Kihoto, a settlement scheme bordering Lake Naivasha, is susceptible to severe flooding, leading to the displacement of thousands of residents. During the forum, Mr. Gitau emphasized the need for caution, particularly due to rising water levels, and advised residents to relocate to safer areas to avoid potential hazards.
Furthermore, the Chief Officer for Disaster Management addressed the issue of blocked drainages and called on residents to refrain from dumping solid waste into drainage systems. She also urged landlords to ensure proper waste disposal by their tenants. The County has plans in place to clean and clear drainage systems.
The event was attended by several officials, including Naivasha Sub-county Administrator Kingori Mwangi, Lakeview Ward MCA Alex Mbugua, Subcounty heads of departments, Ward administrators, area Chiefs, and Nyumba Kumi Representatives, among others. The forum aimed to enhance the community’s readiness for flooding and ensure everyone’s safety.