14 January 2013

Kenya: Female Aspirant Pledges to Transform Nairobi

Nairobi — A political aspirant vying for the position of Nairobi County women's representative says one of her main priorities is to clean up the city if elected.

Wanjiku Mwangi, a former teacher who is hoping to clinch nomination under The National Alliance (TNA) party said leaders have failed to prioritise environment as one of their main agendas.

She told Capital FM News that, if elected, she will lobby for compost pits, incinerators and recycling facilities to be set up in all of the 17 constituencies that make up Nairobi county.

"I needed to buy plastic cups for my business and I realised it was cheaper to import them from Germany as they recycle their plastic waste, this is something that can be done for the whole city," she said in an interview. "When you look at Nairobi, it is too dirty. Something needs to be done and this is one of the things I am pledging to do to transform the city."

Wanjiru who has a background on community development said she will also work with other authorities to get traffic officers off the roads "because they contribute to heavy traffic in town."

"One of the things I intend to do is to bring about the concept of zipping to save energies police officers use standing on the road. I don't think law enforcement officers really should be the ones who are standing at roundabouts directing traffic. I think that's a waste of human labour," the aspirant said.

Kenya is among countries in the world ranked with the worst traffic snarl ups.

Zipping, Wanjiku explains, has solved the traffic problems in the United Kingdom where there are more than 30 million cars on the road.

"I think we can instil the discipline that is required to all motorists. That way, things will change, we don't need to have policemen on the roads all the time for things to happen," she said.

"If you look at a zip, it never clogs because it is one side then another."

Wanjiku's has previously worked with SOS Children's Villages besides teaching French at the Thika School for the blind.

She is a holder of a Masters degree in Universal Socio-economic Security from the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague.

She is among several other women seeking to clinch nomination to vie under The National Alliance party.

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