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Nairobi News : November 4th 2013
6 city briefing Former worker wins pay suit against KNH Milimani. Kenyatta National Hospital has been ordered to pay its former worker Sh64,659 in terminal benefits. Industrial court judge Mathew Nduma also directed the hospital to pay Mr Moses Murage interest with effect from October 2002. The judge ruled that KNH personnel unlawfully diverted the pay to third parties who opened an account and cashed the proceeds. | Philip Muyanga, NNews Suspected al-Shabaab man fined Sh1 million Milimani. An al-Shabaab-linked militant was on Friday fined Sh1 million for being in the country illegally. Mr Ahmed Said was arrested in October at Eastleigh Section 1 following a tipped off by the public. According to the prosecution, he introduced himself a military officer whose rank is a second lieutenant from Somali. Witnesses who testified said he had been part of a unit that fought against KDF in Kismayu. | Philip Muyanga, NNews Monday, November 4, 2013 NAIROBINEWS.CO.KE ADVERTISERS HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT news Karen home owners create their paradise Justice Lenaola has stopped City Hall from increasing outdoor advertising fees. | File, NairobiNews T he County government has been stopped from increasing fees for outdoor advertising. High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola issued orders stopping the increase, just days weeks after he gave similar orders in favour of matatu Saccos. In the Friday case, Outdoor advertising association of Kenya is seeking to stop the implementation of the County Finance Act under, that law that authorises the increase. Through lawyer Nelson Havi, the association claims the enactment of the law was done without its participation. According to the petition, the county government discriminated against the association by failing to call for its participation in contravention of the Constitution. “The respondent’s imposition of fees and charges on outdoor advertising and signage contravened the procedure set out in the Constitution,” read part of the petition. It wants the court to declare the section of the Act on outdoor advertising and signage as unlawful and unconstitutional. I Philip Muyanga, NNews Sandalwood Estate sits on a 28-acre piece of land and has three artificial lakes that provide residents with water. | Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews Life style. Sandalwood residents in Karen have come up with a waterfront whose source is roofs and effluence to create a near-paradise on earth LYNET IGADWAH, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org Karen is the cool and fresh air. Soon, other things start T fighting for attention: The gigantic well-guarded gates, the tiled footpaths that usher one into a picturesque landscape on which a dozen lovely houses sit. The most outstanding features on the 28-acre piece of land, however, are the three artificial lakes and the well-designed drainage system. Artificial lakes Moses Odwori, a manager at the estate says the housing complex, has successfully adopted rain water harvesting technology. The corrugated iron sheet roofing for the houses is designed to allow easy flow of rain water to the gutters. Drains in the estate have strategically been placed at different points to ensure water flowing from the gutters and run-off from nearby roads finds its way into the lake. Attractive wooden bridges link homes across the water. “The greatest challenge the architects faced while designing the complex was the slope. They came up with the water front idea, initially meant to counter the anticipated drainage hitch,” Four chambers Effluence goes through four chambers, each serving a specific role in purifying waste from all the the houses. At the first chamber, solid waste is separated from the liquid waste which proceeds to the consecutive compartments. After filtration, the water is chlorinated to kill germs and other microbes then released to the irrigation system where it is put to other uses. The idea of a self-sustained rain water harvesting technology at the estate was borrowed from a farm in Yatta, says Odwori. The architects brought soil from elsewhere which they used to raise the ground level a few metres he first thing that strikes a first-time visitor to Sandalwood Waterfront in Waste management above the artificial lakes, actually dams .The lakes were soon transformed into a source of water for irrigating grass, flowers and kitchen gardens. “The landscape is irrigated at 1am every day. The irrigation pump is automatic and is usually operated at the switch board,” he says. Each of the three water features is divided into chambers resembling dams, which hold the water in place so it does not break the banks. Water in the 1.2 meter-deep lakes is circulated by pumping to preserve the life in them. Odwori explains that fish in the lakes, most of them male, are useful because they eat mosquitoes and their eggs. “Residents here do not face the mosquito menace that is common in other neighbourhoods,” he says. Natural light All the five-bedroom houses have big windows that let in natural light and face one of the three lakes, thus the name Sandalwood Waterfront. Sewerage treatment is also done ‘in-house’. Karen neighbourhood faces a major sewerage connection problem which Odwori links to its initial swampy nature. The estate has two sewerage treatment plants designed in 2006.
November 11th 2013