ISK offers expertise in boundaries row

December 2, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – The Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK) is now offering technical assistance to help resolve the constituency boundaries impasse.

ISK chairman Collins Kowuor said on Thursday that as professionals, they would be able to properly map out attributes of boundary areas under review in terms of population size and trends in a given location.

He stated that other factors to be considered would include economic development factors, social amenities and infrastructure within a given locality.

“The review may need a political solution, but the technical information is very important to ensure that informed decisions are made and functional boundaries are created,” he said.

“This will help in avoiding possible boundary disputes which can create long term, animosities and also affect the socio economic development of the areas for which the boundaries are being reviewed,” he added.

Mr Kowuor said that boundaries are used to mark the functional and jurisdictional limits of political subdivisions such as villages, towns, counties, cities and states.

“Boundaries determine the exact location of points or features such as rivers, mountains and other features and act as a buffer and protection,” he explained.

He stressed that functional boundaries would help in encouraging economic development and harmonious co-existence while preventing future conflicts.

He called on Kenyans to be patient as the boundaries issue was being finalised.

“We are ready to help in this process. The boundaries can be reviewed using features such as lakes. You can also have points so that you know how you are moving from one point to the other,” he appealed.

“We urge Kenyans not to be anxious in line with the debate that is going on but to be calm and vigilant as the process is being finalised.”


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