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Title:The challenges of urban management in Kenya
Author:Akatch, Samuel O.ISNI
Periodical:Discovery and Innovation (ISSN 1015-079X)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
municipal government
Resources management
City planning
Abstract:The 21st century is likely to witness massive, rapid urbanization with close to two billion residents in cities of the developing world in the next 25 years. The speed of this process is likely to overwhelm the urban resources in terms of finances, manpower and services to accommodate the growing population. Hence, managing cities and their hinterland regions and providing essential infrastructure, public services and housing in an era of great pressures on resources are challenging domestic issues in all parts of the world but more particularly in the developing world. In Kenya the issue of regional and municipal management has been a thorny issue since independence. Soon after independence in 1963, the KANU (Kenya African National Union) government bowing to pressures from KADU (Kenya African Democratic Union) introduced 'majimbo' constitution that emphasized region-led administrative management as opposed to the unitary system of administration. This, however, turned out to be a short-lived political compromise, which was later abandoned through a series of measures which progessively restored a unitary government administration and systematically reduced the region-led administraiton, which favoured local authority management of local resources. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French.