Mixed urban land use and urban transition. Investigating sub urban dynamics an urban transition: A case study of Mlolongo centre and environs

The study of the area which is in Mlolongo town was based on the need for proper organisation
of the suburban area. A tour along the major transport corridor and City in East and Central
Africa brought the research to Mombasa Road at the periphery of presumably east Africa’s
capital Nairobi. The general area is divided into four main zones Ngwata phase 1, 2, 3 and
Kasina. The study sought to establish the extent of the unsustainable land use and management
practises in Ngwata 2 zone of Mlolongo.
The study also looked at the most dominant functions, human activities, land uses, as these
form the broad base of characteristics of the area. It emerged that when you combine these
different factors inspired by the needs and interest of the various stakeholders it is here that
land use conflict arises among other incompatibility issues.
The study also seeks to establish the function of Ngwata 2( by extent Mlolongo) in the regional
context as well as to show the various linkages with the immediate region and how these factors
contribute to land use practises either in land compatibility or incompatibility.
The study seeks to enable the understanding of the areas challenges and problems so as to
enable formulation of urban planning mechanisms that will seek to improve the livelihood of the
community, preserve the environment, ensure a competitive economy and thus enable
sustainable developments at its best in urban form and structure.
In conclusion the problems being faced in Ngwata 2 village are neither entirely new nor unique;
they include the obvious problems that have been formulated as the basis of various world and
urban forums agendas. The problems vary and include urban poverty, unemployment, lack of
services and facilities, poor infrastructure services, environmental degradation, disease and
population challenges, crime and social evils among others. Thus it is important that the
community, the central government, local authorities and other key stake holders come under a
participatory approach and solve these problems with the Planning department of Mavoko
municipal council at the fore front.
The study is organised and divided into a total of seven chapters namely the Introduction;
prelude to the study, this chapter will give a highlight and brief background of the research
problem. It also exemplifies the study objectives, assumptions of the study, research question,
scope and justification of the study.
Methodology of research; this will exemplify the nature, pattern and the systematic outline of
the study. It will highlight data collection tools, techniques, analysis methods and approaches.
Literature review; study of other similar research and secondary data sources, that would form
the basis of interacting and understanding the study area form different perspectives as well as
understanding its history, current state and probable future.
Study area background, this chapter give a detailed account of the background information
necessary to familiarise with the study area. It includes geographical, demographic, land use,
historic, policy and institutional information.
Data collection and analysis; concerned with data sources and statistical techniques used.
Focuses on the analysis of the data
Actors and stakeholder interests; concerned with stakeholder views and public participation and
as well as their role in the problem and desired roles in mitigation of the problems and
Conclusions including findings and recommendations. This chapter forms the essence of the
study outlining the findings, hypothesis testing, and provision of recommendation measures to
solve the functional problems / findings