HOW URBAN PLANNING IMPACTS ON NATIONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY (By Jeremiah Atho Ougo)

Urban Planning & Development House

(The writer, an Urban Planner, works with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi. He sits in the Governing Council of the Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP) and is Assistant Registrar of the Institute. He is a former Physical Planner with United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Lutheran World Federation)



Within a period of 20 days, six innocent Kenyans lost their precious lives in two of Nairobi’s high density residential zones when two separately located but almost structurally similar buildings in Makongeni and Huruma caved in. I emphasize the density because; existing city planning guidelines categorize Nairobi into zones and; on very rear occasions do we hear buildings collapse in low density up market residential zones of the city. It should be noted that such high density zones are usually characterized by densely occupied multi-story structures as opposed to the high income low density residential zones of the…

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