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Development of Kenya

Development of Kenya


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Published by scentiall
This is my story, a story similar to that of a typical Kenyan youth. Please read to the end and gain a deep understanding of the underlying problems and the hurdles that are between Kenya today and a middleclass Kenyan poplation.
Learn about the basic level of development. TRUTH is what i stand by, and I am ready to change, coz this is a sad truth.
This is my story, a story similar to that of a typical Kenyan youth. Please read to the end and gain a deep understanding of the underlying problems and the hurdles that are between Kenya today and a middleclass Kenyan poplation.
Learn about the basic level of development. TRUTH is what i stand by, and I am ready to change, coz this is a sad truth.

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Published by: scentiall on Mar 06, 2008
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In the 21st Century I stand here as proud to be Kenyan but I am not proud of the rate of development. It is appalling that today in Nairobi there is no water flowing in taps where people have the money to pay for the water used. What happens to those who cannot even afford water to drink, those who have no taps, not even houses to install the taps? Is this the growing GDP that we want? Every day I recall as I worked at my Computer services business in Nairobi's Satellite Estate in Kawangware, there would be a blackout at 7:55 am in the morning. We have lived in a blackout for long enough I think and its time someone shed some light on the real extent of this huge disregard of Kenyan's basic needs by the corrupt Government system. After starting business early in the morning with a blackout, I sat outside my shop watching as the sun rose, as fellow Kenyans walked on 6" inches of snow...oops! I mean dust on their way to work. Loses are part of the Kenyan dream, a dream lived by each person trying to make a living. vehicles and buses speed outside my shop as if the bumps are mere molehills, leaving behind enormous clouds of dust that is swept by the wind right into the shops and houses next to the road, right into my nostrils as I try to cover my mouth and right into the fans of my computers and photocopy machines. A neighborhood that looks like a garden, when you get to the bus stop you have to get your shoes cleaned, perhaps get a pedicure to rid you off the layers of dust, germs and who knows what that has piled up on your legs and arms as you try to head to work. It is a painful story when I recall the huge loses I incurred when trying to fix machinery owing to dust as my fellow Kenyans rush to the garage to spend thousands every week on shock absorbers that have been destroyed by the pothole riddled roads. Millions of shillings are spent on loses caused by the poor development of our roads, of our infrastructure that never was and corrupt Government system. I sit outside my shop basking, watching the sun rise and waiting for the power blackout to end, for some electricity to return so I can do some photocopy services and make a living, maybe get food for lunch. Deep in mind I know that power may not return till the sun sets, and so I sit chatting with my fellow businessmen. Riruta Satellite which was then under Beth Mugo was known to be a desert because of lack of water. Water is a scarce commodity is this place and so it is even more pointless for me to wash my shop. On the opposite side of the road we see women and children bending at the roadside holding water jars and containers for carrying water. They manage to tap water from a leaking pipe. The pipe has been there for many years and is always leaking. This is a great help to the many families that rely on this alternative water source, when the City council is unable to provide a regular water supply to the homesteads of this Constituency.

On the opposite side of the road we keep a vigil watch for the City Council pickup that might show up any time and arrest all the businessmen and women who have not paid a license for their shops. Arresting people and charging fines is something they do so well. At least people can be sure that they will come over to collect their weekly dues but there is no guarantee that there will be water, electricity or security that night. In the evening I sadly close my shop having made little sales due to the blackout and head home hoping to find some food after a day of work without eating. Travelling home is not an investment tonight or an expense but rather I will pay for transport as a loss because I made no money the whole day. At the end of the month, it is certain that some of us will not be able to pay our rent dues, our electricity bill and other expenses. This is the state of difficulty, stress, hurdles and challenges faced by every Kenyan trying to make a living. Even matatu owners feel the pinch when their buses are stopped 15 times a day by police officers demanding a bribe, or are it extortion because failure to give bribes results in the vehicle being apprehended for the many possible traffic violations that may please the officer that night. The also feel a pinch every other week the vehicle spends a day in the garage undergoing almost a complete makeover. The level of development available to Kenyans today is deplorable and that is one of the most important things that need to be tackled. One of the most important rights that we as Kenyans need to fight for is development which we can demand from our legislators such as Beth Mugo who cares little about her constituency. I feel it is time we as youth should get together Tuchangamke. Ngong' Road is deplorable, they can as well have a sugarcane plantation on that road. The most distressing part of this story is that our beloved leaders have traveled every so often to the developed nations such as the US and UK and they understand very well what basic needs are and what exactly is the definition of a road. Please let us not be fooled by free education. Free education cannot keep people alive. Every day we see pictures of children dying from hunger. I think they also deserve a life and after they have a life they can then have free education. I think that we need an education before we can even make it free. 150 children in one class room can never be education that is a CRUSADE!!! Please Kenyans let us open our eyes and demand for water on our taps, electricity, roads, food, security, healthcare and education before they can even make it free!!! Hola if you see what I'm talking about and let us share the different ways we can ensure that the likes of Beth Mugo do their work!! Sammy Kiguru View discussion on this Copyright © All rights reserved

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