Kilimani Security Alert

Over the last few months we have had several reports of break-ins. A number of these, especially at night, have been through  balconies while a few have accessed entry through main doors.

The burglars have been reported to steal handy electronics like laptops, phones and other easily movable items.

Most parts of Kilimani have been affected and reports have been made to the police. As investigations are going on, we would like to share a number of tips from our security team.

EXPERTS ADVICE

  • Courts are advised to have an arrangement where the guards can call residents them when they have guests (guard can even flash and you call back).
  • People who rent their premises for short stay should be very careful and possibly replace padlocks after every stay as there is a possibility of keys being copied.
  • Fix a padlock ring  on the inside of your balcony door and lock it with a padlock.
  • Get 2 long metal rods or timber pieces about 40 mm square, the width of your door and place them in the jambs at night.
  • Vet your house helps (we recommend the Dhobi Womens Network).

Key Contacts

Kilimani Police Station 0725357774
Dhobi Womens Network 0728751705

Kilimani Police: Kind-hearted Cops Shelter Stranded Lady

Do you remember Friday night’s storm? It was an heavy downpour, chilly water pouring down to cool off the land. Now imagine, being out in that cold, without any waterproof garments, with your belongings in a little backpack.

I was dropping the BFF Ivory home, when my headlights struck a figure sitting outside the adjoining gate. At first, I thought it was one of the guys who hang around the area, but was worried that it was cold and rainy. Ivory quickly corrected me – it was a woman, in short hair.

It felt strange to see a woman sitting out in the cold rain, and I could sense she wasn’t OK. So we parked on the side, and Ivory went to check on her. After drawing the story out of her, in tears, she explained that she was a domestic worker, and her employer had kicked her out of the home for allegedly misplacing/losing her medication. We verified the story with the night guard at the apartment block that she had come out of.

I tried to convince her that we were good people, after calling an Uber and trying to get her to a shelter with Rescuebnb – Kenya, where I knew she had could get a warm bed and a hot meal. She wouldn’t budge – mistrustful of Nairobians purporting to be good people. As we were about to give up, the Uber driver spoke to her, and it turned out that they spoke the same dialect. He convinced her to get into the car and drive with us to Kilimani Police, if she did not want the alternative accommodation.

We eventually ended up leaving her at Kilimani police, who graciously accommodated her overnight. She left the next morning to one of her family member who lives in Githogoro, Kiambu.

When I spoke to Mildred this morning, she had arrived back home in Busia, thankful that someone watched out for her. She was still in tears over the incident.

If your name is Shiko, and you live on Argwings Kodhek grove, near Yaya, shame on you. This is no way to treat your domestic workers, let alone a middle aged woman, leaving her to the mercy of the elements, and the strange creeps that lurk in the night.

This story was posted by KPF member Naomi Mutua  on her facebook page on March 5 at 2:52pm 

 

March 3rd 2018: Kilimani Street Festival and Outdoor Cinema

The Kilimani Project Foundation will hold the first community street festival of 2018 on Saturday the 3rd of March along Rose Avenue and at Rosedale Gardens. The event will run from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

This will be our 7th Street Festival in line with our aim of creating an inclusive environment for building social cohesion in Kilimani and Nairobi.

The Street Festival will have an open market that will feature among others Organic Farmers Market, Baraka Israel, Kirembo Kirembo, Cake World, Jinya Foods, My Soul Tonic, Mia Mara Creation, Ikwetta, Dudu, Afro Fanatic, Senyor-J-Ceys,  Kanga Cultural Shop.

There will also be lots of fun and games for kids in the kids area including puppet shows, bouncing castles and artwork.

The Evening Outdoor Cinema will feature short film Watu Wote and feature film Kati Kati. 

Kati Kati is a Kenyan drama film directed by Mbithi Masya. The film is about a young woman waking up in a small village with no memory of her life or who she is for that matter. She soon finds other people in this village which is called Kati Kati.

Watu Wote is a short film based on a true story from the Mandera Bus Attack by Al Shabaab that brings out unity among Muslims and Christians against the terrorists.

The Kilimani Street Festival is sponsored by Pam Golding, Radar Security, Willart Productions, Nairobi Film Festival and Legacy Realty.

Plastic Bag Ban Update : Exemptions

The compliance and enforcement technical team deliberated on the interpretation of the plastic ban gazette notice 2356 of 28thFebruary 2017 and wishes to state as follows;
EXEMPTIONS
Category 1: Plastic carrier bags-
All bags in this category are banned. For clarity these are bags commonly known as “Juala” that are used as secondary packages for items in shops, markets etc. There is no contention in this category of banned plastic as there are NO EXEMPTIONS

Category 2: Flat bags
Flat bags used for carrying items outside industrial setting e.g. groceries, garbage, are banned. However, in this category EXEMPTION is extended for bags used for industrial primary packaging where the product is direct contact with the plastic and is done at the source. The exemption is subject to:
Extended Producer/User Responsibility and/or effective Take Back SchemesLegibly and permanently labeled bags to indicate the name of the industry manufacturing the product, the end-user and physical addresses for ease of monitoring, traceability and therefore ease of enforcement intervention.Keeping of inventory/record with the aim of implementing the take back scheme.

Category 3: Flat bags used as Garbage and hazardous
(e.g. medical waste, chemicals etc.) waste liners Hazardous waste liners are exempted so long as they are legibly and permanently labeled (as indicated in 2 ii above) and color-coded and are incinerated together with the waste.Garbage Liners are also exempted on condition that they are clearly labeled (as indicated in 2 ii above) and have demonstrated effective and efficient Extended Producer/User Responsibility and/or effective Take Back Schemes. The liners will NOT be dumped together with the waste but will be emptied and reused or recycled by the licensed waste collector and transporter (the end user).

Category 4: Duty Free shop bags
The ban applies to the use, manufacture and importation of the banned plastics within Kenya. Since duty free shops at airports are considered to be outside the Kenyan territory, bags used at this point are not affected by the ban. However, any traveler coming into Kenya with duty free bags shall be required to leave the same at the entry points.

ALTERNATIVES
Following the above, the following guideline on the potential alternatives has been agreed with KEBs;
All bags made from non-plastic materials e.g. jute/sisal, Paper, cloth, PapyrusWoven polypropylene plastic bags (gunny bags)Non-woven polypropylene plastic bags (cloth-like bags)Laminated polypropylene bagsPolyolefin fibre bags100% biodegradable bags (starch and cassava bags)
The 2 & 3 options are subject to the development of the standard by KEBs whose process has already started. The standard development will be based on the following parameters:-
The specific material;Gauge;Tensile Strength and;Basting StrengthToxicity of the material and its safety for use (Heavy metals will also be tested among others).
By Compliance and Enforcement Technical Team
http://www.nema.go.ke/index.php