Implication of informal land uses on Ngong River. Case of Bunyala Road

Abstract
This paper is meant to investigate on the implications of informal land uses on upper Ngong‟ river riparian reserve. Slum dwellers are always excluded from most service deliveries by the responsible authorities. These include provision of land, solid and liquid waste management equipments, housing and other social services such as roads, health and education facilities. Previous researches on the Ngong river riparian reserve identify lack of infrastructural facilities, poverty and lack of housing as main causes of encroachment on the Upper Ngong‟ river riparian reserve. However, this research argues that, lack of infrastructural facilities, poverty and lack of housing are not the root causes of environmental degradation. This research concludes that the government of Kenya should not neglect its poor people. The government should sufficiently plan for all the people. For the Ngong river riparian reserve residents, the government should plan for resettlement in well-built and affordable houses developed in the neighboring open space.

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