Recently, the appointment of the Executive Director of Nubian Rights Forum Shafi Ali, and Assistant ED Fatma Khuli to the national task force on the redevelopment of Kibra land (288 acres) has sparked hope and excitement among Kibera’s residents, particularly the Nubian community residing in Kibra. This appointment marks a significant step forward in addressing the pressing issue of affordable housing in the city.
Kibra has been home to the Nubian community for over a century, and over the years, the population has continued to grow, putting pressure on the limited resources available. The redevelopment of 288 acres of land in Kibra offers a much-needed opportunity to provide affordable housing for the residents and alleviate the burden on the community.
The appointment of Shafi Ali and Fatma Khuli, two well-respected and knowledgeable individuals in the field of urban planning and affordable housing, is a testament to the government’s commitment to finding a solution to the housing crisis in Nairobi. Both individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, and their appointment is a welcome sign that the government is taking the redevelopment of Kibra land seriously.
However, while the appointment of Shafi Ali and Fatma Khuli is a positive development, it is only the first step in addressing the housing crisis in Nairobi. The government must also take a stance in ensuring that the redevelopment of Kibra land is carried out in a way that is inclusive, equitable, and beneficial to the Nubian community. This includes guaranteeing the rights of residents to affordable housing and ensuring that the community is not displaced during the redevelopment process.
In conclusion, the appointment of Shafi Ali and Fatma Khuli to the national task force on the redevelopment of Kibra land is a positive step forward in addressing the housing crisis in Nairobi. However, more must be done to ensure that the redevelopment is carried out in a way that benefits the Nubian community and provides them with affordable housing. The government must take a stance on this issue and prioritize the rights of residents to access affordable housing. Let us work together to make the redevelopment of Kibra lands a success and create a better future for the Nubian community in Nairobi.