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Nairobi News : November 25th 2013
10 you say On Twitter @Denis Kioko. It’s quite worrying that we have at least one fatal bus accident every week. This is worse than grenade and terror attacks. @Daily Nation. Police arrest five suspects and recover stolen motorcycles and spare parts worth Sh14m million hidden in a go-down in Kitengela. @TrendingKenya. Nairobi’s multimillionaires to double by 2020, says audit. @RobertAlai. @KenyaRedCross is saying that Sh40 million of the Westgate fund has not been used, but not explaining how the over Sh60 million was used. Weird! WE SAY Yes, Eastlands upgrade long overdue F or a good reason, Nairobi’s Eastlands has a place in the hearts of many city residents. It is either the place they or their parents were born or lived. For many others, it is the place they first lived when they came to the county or started working. This is not by fluke. The colonial govern- ment, in its wisdom, decided that it was Eastlands where Africans should stay. It went on to divide the population into ethnic groups. A place like Bahati largely remains Kikuyu to date, while Eastleigh, where Asians and Somalis were lumped together, remains Somali-dominated. However, starting with the Moi leadership, the area was neglected. The old Nairobi City Council went to the seed and the planned estates like Buruburu and Umoja degenerated so fast that only people with little choice lived there. With the opening of neighbouring counties and the outskirts through good roads, water and power investment, the residents have been trooping out in droves. That could, to an extent, be stemmed by good investment in the area. Notable is Outering Road which is expected to consume Sh11 billion. The road will bring better quality real es- tate investment and redevelopment that can generate jobs and improve the standards of living in the area. Lest we forget, Eastlands with all its stink, still has the best urban infrastructure, which is sorely lacking in the new Nairobi residential areas like Kikuyu, Kitengela, Ngong, Rongai, Kiserian, Ruiru, Kiambu and Kahawa. This includes roads, street lighting and sewer lines — whatever shape they are in currently. It thus follows that investing in Eastlands is much more attractive than going to the outskirts where the government and the Investing in Eastlands is much more attractive than going to the outskirts, where the government and the World Bank are just starting to plan for the infrastructure firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Monday, Nov 25 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 CARTOON On Facebook Rachel: Is our patriotism so low that the government has to drive a social media campaign to heighten it ahead of the Kenya @50 celebrations? Sospeter: The best and worst performing Cabinet Secretaries have just been ranked. Perhaps we should do a similar one for County executives. Kacwanya. On matters KICC and the Samsung advert: Truth is KICC is a commercial building in a commercial city. Jones Kasenge. I am furious about the high number of accidents occurring on our roads, and the subsequent deaths and injuries! Where is the law and order? The Star Kenya. The four Westgate attackers entered Kenya on foot from Uganda, detectives have established. NationBreakingNews. At least 13 dead and 21 seriously injured after bus heading to Mombasa collides with a lorry near Sultan Hamud, St Johns Ambulance reports. A PUBLICATION OF NATION MEDIA GROUP Published at Nation Centre, Kimathi Street and printed at Mombasa Road, Nairobi by Nation Media Group Limited, P. O. BOX 49010, Nairobi 00100. Tel: 3288000, 0719038000. Fax 2213946. email@example.com Registered at the GPO as a newspaper Mohamed: Sh4,000 for a digital TV broadcast signal converter, only a few weeks to the December 13 switch off date is still too high, especially for slum families. Mohamed: Instead of just closing the City Market for a two-day clean up, isn’t it time we moved the awful smelling market from the city centre? voices AT THE HEART OF THE COUNTY SMS BUZZ The little things that make this a special city Tom Maliti Only a thought the Pan-African world. Many from within and N without Kenya have come to live here to earn a living, get a better return on their investment, for love, to escape or some other reason. This mix of Kenyans of all persuasions and foreigners from across our borders and beyond is what makes Nairobi a continental arts hub, financial centre and diplomatic pivot. Big and small Congo- lese bands have helped make Nairobi an arts hub by choosing to make this city home. For years, they have rehearsed, performed and recorded their music here. I know this was more common decades ago than today. Some of those bands, however, have handed over to a second generation of Congolese musicians who still call Nairobi home. It is not just the music that gives Nairobi its Pan-African character. At a time when men wore kitenge shirts and this was accepted as formal airobi is not one of Kenya’s 47 counties. It is a centre in wear, a Tanzanian came here and, together with others, set up an art gallery called Paa ya Paa. It became the canvas for artists across the continent to exhibit their work. Around the same time, another art space was set up, Gallery Watatu. This particular gallery gained prominence in the late 1980s when it promoted many East African artists who have gone to become big names across the world. In global terms, Nairobi’s achievement is remarkable. Most of the world’s big name cities that claim the tag cosmopolitan have existed for hundreds of years and are ports. Being ports means that people from across the seas will invariably find their way to those cities. Not Nairobi. Our city is not hundreds of years old, and is not a port. So it is not naturally at the crossroads of the world. This is what makes me root for Nairobi. That it bucks the trend. firstname.lastname@example.org World Bank are just starting to plan for the infrastructure. The NairobiNews welcomes the rejuvena- tion of this expansive, residential area. Let the county government invest more in the city to stop the migration to the peri-urban which is costing the economy billions. The investment in roads and railway infra- structure will go a long way in achieving this. Governor Evans Kidero should rope in the private sector to make this dream a reality.
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