The relationship between strategic alliance and the Performance of waste collection in Nakuru Municipality Nakuru County Kenya
Gachahi, John Mutitu
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Provision of Municipal solid waste collection services are expensive and difficult problem to many municipalities, to both developed and developing countries. In Nakuru municipality, the municipality's performance on solid waste collection, coverage was low due to inadequate resources and un-controlled dumping, was widespread resulting in public health and environmental problems. The strategic alliance between different actors, municipal authority, private sectors, Community Based Organization, and households in order to facilitate the sharing of solid waste collection responsibility and financial burden is the only solution to this problem. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between contract management strategic alliance between Nakuru Municipality and its stakeholders with its performance in Solid Waste Management. The problem addressed, in this study was lack of effective and efficient solid waste collection strategic alliance on performance in solid waste management among the stakeholders. The study was aimed at achieving four objectives, first to determine the effect of community participation on performance of solid waste management secondly was to investigate the effect of various types of alliances on performance of solid waste management, thirdly was to find out the influence of private sector participation on performance of solid waste management and fina Ily to exam ine the extent to wh ich publ ic sector partici pation affects the performance of solid waste management in Nakuru Municipality. The researcher used cluster sampling and study was conducted on a sample of 96 respondents drawn from households (74). public sector (6), private sector (3), community based organization (4) and non-governmental organization (3) and commercial establishment (6).The sample size was arrived at by use of formula presented by Mutai (2000). The data was collected using structured questionnaires administered by researcher and researcher assistants. Data was coded, analyzed using SPSS and interpreted in form of descriptive statistics. The findings presented in form of tables, pie charts and graphs. The research findings showed that strategic alliances existed between stakeholders in solid waste collection in Nakuru Municipality but its impact on performance was minimal. Whereas the public sector appears to facilitate the private sector to participate, the community was not involved and therefore not satisfied with the overall performance of waste collection services. The research therefore recommends the harmonization of laws governing strategic alliances on solid waste collection and promotion of public awareness linking solid waste collection environmental and conservation mutual benefit.