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Superwaterway – Flooded Thika Road

thika9aI dread rains especially the sudden downpour when there was sweat sunshine hours ago. In this tropical country who would want wet weather throughout the year. Not only do humans in this country avoid rain but also their carriages are adversely affected. I recall one legendary singer who sang that Nairobians fear rain more than cars on the road.

He was correct. Think of rain and you start running for a shelter – may be stopping/cancelling all day’s business plans. Media house would have another story to cover that evening. With headlines of “Transport has been paralyzed in many parts of Nairobi following a sudden heavy downpour this afternoon”. Even the gorvernor would agree that many of the city’s roads are rendered impassable leading to heavy traffic just because of drop of water from the sky. This situation adversely impacts transport and commutters are always stranded in the town Centre.

My recent encounter was on the superhighway. Barely two years after completion of Thika. It is seems to be a no go zone with heavy downpour in our city. This Thika superhighway was heavily flooded and if you drove a vitz – lucky if you went through the sea on our superhighway.

Just few minutes of rain renders Thika Superhighway impassable. Motorist reduce their speeds to near zero, as the water fills the road. It is a superwaterway maybe and not a highway. I almost gave a tick to this completed road but drainage has left me the opposite. The authority has neglected the drains despite the Chinese doing a commendable work. More blame is direct towards us, some residents fill drains with garbage and all form of plastic. When it rains, water is therefore left with nowhere to go, but to fill the road. Lets stop this, think global while acting locally.

Walk along Mombasa Beach!

Walk along Mombasa Beach!

Walk along Mombasa Beach!

Kenya’s awesome white beaches stretch 300miles or 450 kms and although some parts of the beach are difficult to reach, most is accessible from different villages and towns along the coast.

Wherever you are, you will find beaches colourful shadowed with hotels and homes or you might encounter remnant forest  or mangroves swamps and mud flats.  Some places you may also come across creeks and river deltas.

Mombasa city from Fort Jesus’ fortified wall you have fantastic view of Indian Ocean colour matched with magnificent white-walls hotels lined up in between tall green palm trees. This World Heritage Site is the landmark of this coastal city and is a great place for dinner with cool breeze and  million stars above.

An early morning walk or boat ride, the off-shore coral reef provides ample opportunity for fun and exploration. Apart from swimming in the afternoon you could try out surfing, snorkeling, diving or fishing. If you feel more sand in your shoes take a camel ride and be like the first merchants who came down here – Mombasa. You will loss track of time and this why Mombasa is a Sea, Sun and Sand – raha city.

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