Welcome to KCDN

This is KCDN, an Environmental Management, Economic Empowerment and Poverty Eradication Civil Society.

We welcome you to our site. Kindly feel free to share with us your thoughts. Ideas that add value will be appreciated. Ideas that want to make us improve our physical environment will be welcome. And more so, ideas that redirect us from the lost cause will be of immense value.

It is us who will improve the lot of our Environment, our Economy and make Kenya a Clean Country, where People join hands to work for our own Economic Emancipation and where Municipal Solid Waste Management is looked at as a resource, not as waste.

We need to set the standards in this region of the World and become the referral point in how a people can join hands and work for their own Economic Liberation, where waste can be used as raw material and become a source of employment for our people.

Our collective actions will surely make a difference. This is why in partnership with our Key Strategic Partners- The Public Service Transformation Department, the National Environment Management Authority, the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation,other key Ministries, the Local Authorities in Kenya, the Provincial Administration, A Better World, Akiba Uhaki Foundation and other Partners, we are moving deliberately in sensitizing and mobilizing Kenyans to work towards A Clean Kenya where waste is separated at source.

And this is why we are inviting Kenyans to join with us in The Clean Kenya Campaign and be a Member of Kimisho Sacco Society Ltd


Odhiambo T Oketch,
Team Leader & Executive Director,
Tel; 0724 365 557,
Email; komarockswatch@yahoo.com, kimishodevelopment@gmail.com
Website; www.kcdnkenya.org.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Clean Kenya Starts With Me

This is the kind of Kenya we have been fighting for; http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-51356.0.html

A Clean Kenya Starts With Me.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dr Kaudia Launches The Litter Bins Programme in Kenya

The Environment Secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources Dr. Alice A Kaudia today officially Launched The Litter Bin Programme at Harambee Ward in Prudential/Buru Buru Estate.
The Official Plaque for the Official Launch of The Litter Bins Programme by Dr Alice A Kaudia
This is our proverbial journey of a thousand miles that starts with the first steps.
In her address to the volunteers, she stressed on the need of voluntary service noting that the question of garbage and litter cannot be left to the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources and the Local Authorities alone. Giving the toll free number for the Ministry- 0800 636 200, she invited Kenyans to plant exotic and indigenous and inter pass the same with Fruit Trees as they engage with the Ministry on matters Environmental at any time. This will be of great educational value to our children as they grow up because they will be able to associate which trees with which fruits.
Dr Kaudia admires vegetation at Prudential Estate
She was full of praise of Prudential Estate and commended the residents for setting standards of cleanliness which other Kenyans should and must emulate.
In launching The Litter Bin Programme, Dr Kaudia appreciated the efforts KCDN have put in The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign and conveyed the Ministry's satisfaction with the efforts that have been put in place so far. She said the Ministry will join hands and ensure that together with other willing partners, we are able to place 3,500 Litter Bins across Nairobi, 2,000 in Mombasa, 2,000 in Eldoret, 2,000 in Kisumu, 2,000 in Nyeri, 2,000 in Kakamega and 1,000 in Rongo as a pilot scheme on Litter management in Kenya in the coming year.
She proposed gasification as a means to generating electricity as a form of  waste management. This process can make us generate our own electricity from the waste we generate.
Some of the Participants
The Official Launch was also attended by Cllr Kimemia of Harambee Ward, Cllr Mbatia of Uhuru Ward, Mr. Ben Mwaniki- Chairman Prudential Estate Welfare Association, Mr. John Odhiambo- Chairman Buru Buru Residents Welfare Association, Eng Virginia Gichere Chairlady Eastlands Business Association, Mr. Gabriel Omondi- As Assistant Director of Environment at The City Council of Nairobi, City Council of Nairobi employees, Unity College Students, NPC Buru Buru, Viwandani Group, Wacky Women Group, a few residents and the KCDN Team.
Sam Mugweru of KCDN, Odhiambo T Oketch and Dr Kaudia during the event
Cllr Kimemia invited the KCDN Team to engage the politicians more in The Clean-up Activities as we approach the next Elections so that we can all share our experiences as One Family Under God.
At KCDN, even as we close the year, we want to appreciate the following Teams who have made this year so successful for us;
  1. Public Service Transformation Department at the OPM
  2. Greening Kenya Initiative at the OPM
  3. The Office of The Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government which has enabled us to work closely with The City Council of Nairobi, The Municipal Council of Mombasa, the Municipal Council of Eldoret, The Municipal Council of Kisii, The Municipal Council of Kisumu, the Municipal Council of Kakamega, the Municipal Council of Nyeri and the Municipal Council of Naivasha.
  4. The Ministry of State for Internal Security and Provincial Administration
  5. The Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development
  6. Akiba Uhaki Foundation
  7. A Better World
  8. Phoenix Aviation Ltd
  9. Green Fingers International
  10. Kepsa
  11. Mugumo Communications Ltd
  12. The Friends of KCDN
  13. and the following teams;  Support to KCDN from January 2011 to August 2011
It has not been an easy affair mobilizing Kenyans to the trenches. But because of the support you guys have given us in the ending year, we want to believe that we have done some good work with that support.
At KCDN, we have deliberately refused to follow the tired path of the Civil Society where organizations respond to any Call for Proposal.
Odhiambo T Oketch, Cllr Kimemia, Dr Kaudia and Mr. Sam Mugweru of KCDN
We realized that Kenyans can solve our own problems and as such, we chose to deal with Kenyans in driving The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign, where we drive thre Thematic Areas namely;
  1. Environmental Management- where we mobilize Kenyans into action,
  2. Peace Building- where we discuss with Kenyans issues that unite us as One People Under God and
  3. Good Governance- where we discuss with the people what ails Kenya.
Kenyans have not disappointed and to this extent, as we launch The Litter Bins Programme, we will work closely with our Partners and Friends of KCDN to make this drive a huge success, and come this time next year, we will be talking different stories; a Clean Kenya shall have been Born.
Lastly, we want to initiate a Massive Awareness Campaign targeting Separation of Waste at Source in the coming year. We will be working with The Government and willing Partners led by Kepsa in this drive and we want to let Kenyans know that waste is wealth. It is hence in our own interest that we should separate waste at source and sell our waste to the Recyclers in an organized manner. The era of dumping waste is gone. We must start managing our waste.
We hence end by inviting all those who have an idea on turning waste into wealth to get in touch with us. We are on a mission and a Clean Kenya is our destination. Indeed, a Clean Kenya is Possible and it Starts With Me.
Why don't you guys have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Odhiambo T Oketch

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Writing History of Failures; the new generation

Dear Friends,
History is a very sweet subject, because it records happenings on a daily basis and at some point in time, a future generation can look to the past and decide on what they must do with their time. History might want to brand them as failures or, transformers.
In driving The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign, we have had occasion to also record history as it unfolds in our own time. Someone will one day visit our website- www.kcdnkenya.org and our blogspot- http://kcdnkomarockswatch.blogspot.com and confirm what we were able to do with our time during our sojourn in the present world.
The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign is a clear Transformation Process that is Branding Kenya to the Vision 2030. We are happy that in seeking partnership, we have found men and women in Kenya, people who are faithful to their calling. They are determined to make Kenya different.
In this lot we have His Excellency the President Mzee Mwai Kibaki, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Raila Odinga and their current Team. During their watch, we have seen great Transformation in the Public Service, in the Judiciary, in the Legislature, and we have witnessed the birth of a new Constitution. We are seeing great Transformation in the Road Sector and many things are looking up. We must applaud them for their positive leadership.
However, we must also encourage them to address issues of the economy that are failing to add up. They must look at some pedestrians who are keen on subverting the implementation of the new Constitution and they must cushion Kenyans against the run away inflation that is currently breaking families and tearing into the matrimonial harmony.
We also have the Public Service Transformation Department that has made tremendous efforts at streamlining Service Delivery within the Public Sector. We must applaud these men and women who are committed to Transforming Kenya by ensuring that we get it right this time around. We are proud that the PSTD is a Key Partner with KCDN in The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign.
The Ministry of Environment and Mineral resources is another area where we have men and women who are committed to writing a just history for Kenya. We have all seen what they have done with the Nairobi River. No one ever believed that such a feat could be achieved in our own life times- but there it is, achieved by our own brothers and sisters in the Ministry. We are happy that the Ministry is our Key Partner in The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign.
The Nairobi Metropolitan Development Ministry has made tremendous efforts at refurbishing machinery within the Metropolis by purchasing new fire fighting machinery, ambulances, working tools and they have since September 2009 been mobilizing for a Monthly Clean-up Exercise. We are happy to have men and women in this Ministry who are recording some positive history for Kenya and we are happy that they are our Key Partners in The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government has played a key role in shaping the history of The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign. With their support, we have been able to partner with the Municipal Council of Mombasa, the Municipal Council of Eldoret, the Municipal Council of Kisii, the Municipal Council of Kisumu, the Municipal Council of Kakamega and the Municipal Council of Nyeri in The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaigns. We are optimistic that all these Councils are burning the candle and driving The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign forward. They have written some just history of progress.
The City Council of Nairobi has many challenges that it must surmount. And we must appreciate the little they have done in keeping the CBD very clean. A walk across the CBD will vindicate this claim and as a people, we need to join them as they struggle to write history that will inspire the future generation. They are our Key Partners in The Monthly Nationwide Clean-up Campaign having mobilized themselves for the Monthly Clean-up every 3rd Saturday of the Month.
The Ministry of State for Internal Security and Provincial Administration have played a very crucial part in our mobilization process across Kenya. And in this Ministry, we have public servants who believe that a Clean and Safe Kenya is possible, and we appreciate your partnership.
Now, as we appreciate all this makers of history, we also have a different breed of Makers of History, those who do nothing, yet, they have all the needed wherewithal. The first culprits in this category of failures are our Road Maintenance Crews. A drive across some roads in Nairobi and in Kenya will make you think that you are in the Garden of Gethsemane. Pray on Earth, why must we let our roads dilapidate to levels where they become death traps for Kenyans, and yet, we have Provincial Road Engineers, District Road Engineers and even Divisional Road Engineers.
These are people who must be placed on Personal Performance Contracts to ascertain what they do on a daily basis. The new Kenya must be harsh with them and we must demand equal service commensurate with the salaries we are giving them. They must not sleep on the job.
The next category of people who are failing Kenyans are Architects and those in the Building Profession. Why on Earth must we build narrow sky crappers for our people against all the laid down building codes? We have houses that rise to the 8th Floor and yet, they are not fitted with Lifts as the law requires. Their staircases are so narrow that a person staying on the 8th Floor must rope his stools by the side opening simply because the staircase cannot allow stools to go through. As Kenya is moving forward, our Architects and those in the Building Profession are writing for us that history of failures which we can do without.
You will all agree with me that we have no Drain Maintenance Experts in Kenya. All the ones we have currently are fake, for even simple down pour in Nairobi, is a sure disaster. Those who are building our roads are very surprising; they build drainage systems that head nowhere when  it rains. They are writing for us some very wrong history; that no drainage system works. And they believe in that. They are a breed we can do without.
Fire Fighting Experts; the little said about this team the better. I have never seen any fire that they have put out. All the fires that I have seen have burnt everything to the ground as this team struggles with machinery that run out of water the moment they arrive on site. They are giving us some wrong history and it is a blemish we can do without.
School Curriculum Developers;  I just do not know what became of our education system. These breed of Kenyans realized that they can play on the intelligence of Kenyans by changing the set books every term, just to ensure that the sub standard books written by their friends are enlisted as education material in Kenya. The results are there for all to see; we are producing robots whose spoken and written English leaves a lot to be desired. We are producing a generation that does not know that trousers are belted at the waist, not in the lower buttocks. This breed of Kenya is writing for us some wrong history.
There are many more examples of Kenyans writing History of Failures and as a people, we can all rally together and stand united in Transforming Kenya. The good thing is, we have laid the foundation for a successful Kenya by voting for a new Constitution. Let us stand up and demand for Service Delivery from all our key institution. Let us stand up and join hands in doing what must be done.
We have lost 48 years of our Independence to ineptitude and impunity and in the new Kenya, we have opportunities for atoning for our past failures as a Nation and starting afresh. It is only by starting afresh will we Transform Kenya, Brand Kenya and realize Vision 2030.

Odhiambo T Oketch