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Visit to NEMA by Diaspora University Developers & SEA Expert

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From Left: Dan Kamau, Zephania Ouma, Bishop Donald Mwawasi, Oceanic Sakwa, Ernest Kamau, Dr. Rebecca Karanja, Mathias Mjomba & Benedict Mutua. From Left: Dan Kamau, Zephania Ouma, Bishop Donald Mwawasi, Oceanic Sakwa, Ernest Kamau, Dr. Rebecca Karanja, Mathias Mjomba & Benedict Mutua.

Diaspora University Town (DUT) developers and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) experts working on the DUT environment plan paid a visit to NEMA (National Environmental Management Agency). The team met the NEMA SEA Deputy Director of Compliance Zephania Ouma and head of SEA Oceanic Sakwa at the Agency. They discussed the ongoing SEA for the Diaspora University Town plan of developing a new town in 3,000 acres of land to become a 90,000 resident’s town with a university to grow to 30,000 students.

Kenya Constitution 42 states, “Every person has the right to a clean and healthy environment, which includes the right— (a) to have the environment protected for the benefit of present and future generations through legislative and other measures, particularly those contemplated in Article 69.” Kenya Constitution 69 states, “(1) The State shall— (f) establish systems of environmental impact assessment, environmental audit and monitoring of the environment” 

The Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) of 1999 (revised 2012) is the act that establishes NEMA and laws that lead to environmental impact assessment, environmental audit and monitoring. 

The Diaspora University Town plan will incorporate the SEA established that will ensures that the new town development progresses as well as achieves the right of clean and healthy environment for the residents, students and visitors who shall be at the town at any given day.

Kenya land is about 145 million acres. The land is every day required to meet the economic rights as established in Kenya Constitution article 43: Healthcare, Housing, Food, Education, Clean water and social security. Diaspora University Town plan is created with the goal to lead to the meeting of the social-economic rights in Constitution article 43 while ensuring the environmental rights in Constitution article 42 are also achieved. 

Kenya in the last 50 years has grown from a country with about 8 million persons in 1963 to about 48 million persons 2018. The growth of 40 million has resulted without good settlement plans that consider environment has led to deterioration of environment in places the persons are settled. 

The Diaspora University Town plan will incorporate the SEA as the environmental plan as it looks to be a new town that meets the clean and healthy environment right for the increasing Kenya population that is projected to double from the 48 million to about 100 million in the next 50 years.     

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