Public Hearings On Westgate Mall Begin Monday
The committee, which was appointed following the act of terrorism at the Mall last September, will hold its sittings at the Nairobi County Government’s Charter Hall from 9am Monday morning.
“The sittings will be staged to receive formal submissions from the stakeholders and the public touching on the rapid restoration of the Westgate Shopping Mall,” explained Committee Vice Chairman Wahome Muchiri.
The committee, which was appointed by East African Affairs Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie in late 2013, is mandated to advise the government on the speedy recovery mechanisms for the Westgate Shopping Mall to avert unnecessary job and related economic losses.
The committee, Muchiri, assured has been making wide and extensive consultations with various stakeholders as it gears up to make relevant recommendations.
Its recommendations, he pointed out, will also address necessary measures for the quick restoration of business at the Mall, restoration of shoppers’ confidence as well as stabilization of the local retail sector.
“As a committee, we are working hard to prepare a detailed advisory report; to facilitate an integrated recovery strategy for Westgate Shopping Mall while focusing on a national level economic resilience plan when faced by such tragic acts,” Muchiri stated.
“In view of our mandate, the Committee hereby notifies the stakeholders and general public wishing to appear before it, that the Public Hearings will be held from Monday 20th January to Friday 24th January, 2014 between 9.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs each day. The sittings shall be held at Charter Hall, City County Government Headquarters, City Hall Way, Nairobi.” Muchiri added.
Among other terms of reference, the committee is mandated to identify the affected stakeholders and their considered recovery needs and advise on suitable primary and secondary security and other interventions in order to restore the confidence of the public and consumers in continuing to patronize shopping malls and retail Centre’s.
Members of the committee who were appointed by Cabinet Secretary Kandie through Kenya Gazette Notice No. 14929 of 29 November 2013 include:
Evans Odhiambo Kidero (Dr.) − Chairman,
Wahome Muchiri, Vice Chairman
Ibrahim Mohamed (Dr.),-PS, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism
Atul Shah,-Nakumatt Holdings
Alfred Ng’ang’a, Corporate Communications Consultant
Faiyaz Kurji,-Italian Menswear
BiwottNg’eny-Chairman KCB Group
Joseph Nyonje Kosure,- Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism
Kaplich Barsito,- Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism
Jane Bosibori Makori,-Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Levin Mwandi, -Deputy Commissioner of Police,
Monica Wangui Thirima,-Insurance Regulatory Authority
Mary Wahome,-Association of Kenya Insurers
Mwenda Njoka- Ministry of Interior and co-ordination of National Government Strategic Communications Advisor
Tom Odongo,- County Executive Member Nairobi County Government
Maina Kirori/Winnie Cheserem
David Kariuki Muigua (Dr.)
By Beth Nyaga
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