2012 will not be an ordinary year for Mathare residents. There is boundary review and the forth coming general elections. This will change overall power relation between the people and local administration. We shall also witness emergence of new leaders; will they follow and be guided by the constitution? let us wait and see. A place like Huruma will now be divided into two if the proposal goes through.
Civic education forums needs to be established if we are to avoid post election violence as witnessed in 2007/2008.
The good news that has come out of the boundary review is the mention of approximate population of Mathare which according to Independent Electrol and Boundary Commission (IEBC) is as follows
|Proposed Mathare Constituency|
|Mlango Kubwa- ward||20463|
|Mabatini – ward||48723|
|Huruma A – ward||36248|
|Huruma B – ward||36247|
|Kiamaiko – ward||33824|
Previously people estimated the population. Now it is upon Mathare residents to appear before the commission and share their view regarding the boundary. It is these views that will help shape a better Mathare.-Simon