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Post Pandemic Cities

Urban centers are home to half of the total populace and are drivers of development and creativity in the economy. The high concentration of people and events in urban areas, also, makes them inclined to different stressors, for example, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.People were seen fleeing out of most urban centers for safety.

Significantly more than one city has been closing down, converting urban commercial centers, suburban malls, and other public areas into ghost towns as the infamous coronavirus rips through the globe. A few nations are as yet under lockdown to contain the spread of the COVID-19. Kenya was one of the nations that partially pre-owned this methodology to contain the infection.

This isn’t the first occasion when this has occurred—since days of old times, urban areas have become the focal points of transmittable infections.

With the coronavirus set to restructure the urban environment over the coming years, we are headed for rather momentous days with these upcoming changes. Urban centers being the epicenter of the pandemic, there should be more of advocating for the reimagining of cities and proposing alternatives ways for creating a resilient built environment. The main aim of this blog post is to explain the effects of the pandemic on cities and to highlight valuable lessons that can be learned from urban planning post-COVID.

Positive impacts brought by pandemic to the city

New concerns have been presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, compelling us to reconsider the manner in which we fabricate our urban areas. Without neglecting the idea of a city as a social community, the emergency has additionally allowed us a chance to rethink the connection between urban design and public health. Allowed us to re-examine the manner in which we plan urban areas. How urban areas are planned is crucial to the management of infectious diseases.

Following the imposition of social distance, lock-down and minimal human contact with nature at its peak of the pandemic proved to be a blessing of nature and the environment. It caused a huge drop in air and water pollution.

The pandemic also encouraged the emergence of the most essential businesses that we didn’t know we needed. In Kenya delivery of products surged since most people were quarantining from home, this made a lot of people get conversant with online shopping. While most of the population lost their jobs, a good number used the break to venture into new activities and explore several things that they are interested in. The pandemic fostered creativity because of the availability of time.

Some of the changes that should be considered includes

New mobility options:

In general, human mobility and transport networks that improve inter-and intra-urban connectivity are seen as the main factors leading to the spread of infectious diseases and their role in previous outbreaks of diseases. This is a strong indicator of the greater resilience of non-motorized transit systems to pandemics. Investing in such infrastructure not only helps to contain the strain of the virus but also improves access to services, and reduces demand on overcrowded transit systems in emergencies. To ensure social distancing, the management of bus stops and the transport sector must be rethought comprehensively. Kenya is embracing the use of Non-motorist transport.

Digital Infrastructure:

Techno-driven techniques i.e., tracking down infected people. has been effective in suppressing the virus, but has raised questions about data rights and accountability. During the pandemic, most of the institutions in Kenya embraced online learning while this disadvantaged some of the people that couldn’t have access to the internet. A lot of businesses also went online this created a lot of activities on the internet. With many of us now embracing online activities better digital infrastructure needs to be put in place to facilitate remote work where possible.

Access to essentials:

The coronavirus pandemic was a wake-up call for cities around the world to reconsider community development with health protection as a top priority.  Easier access to hospitals and public health systems makes regions of high density less vulnerable to pandemics. Designers’ focus should be directed to rediscovering and redesigning social and leisure places according to individual needs and to constructing them as pandemic-resilient, adaptive spaces.

Talk about Mental Health more:

In a country like Kenya with inadequate public health and crippled mental health services, and where the majority of the population lives on less than $1 a day threshold, mental health is essential to an effective response. Suicide and quarantine breakdown stories demonstrate that care for mental wellbeing needs to be incorporated at all levels of response.I deduced a while back on an article on how urban centers affect our mental health.

Making city infrastructure more flexible:

Embrace cashless economy:

Mechanisms to be incorporated that can drive Kenya to a cashless economy to aid in the prevention of the spread of the virus. Although this may have lots of Limitations since a large percentage of the population in Kenya lives on less than $1 a day. Some public transport currently discourages the use of M-Pesa for transactions because most of them incure losses due to Reversal of transactions.

Enabling more peripheral development, which would involve major changes in land use and zoning regulations. Other strategies in different sectors of the country must be established in order to improve the post-covid economy, including :

  • FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION. .                                                   

What are your thoughts on this?


Good-morning , good-evening or good-any-time you are reading this. I figure you can tell how energized I am. This post will be me just rumbling about things which will aid in my posting consistency and also help me in train my writing muscle.

My last blog post steered loads of discussions on the progressing development of the Nairobi Expressway. A great deal of you all connected and many remarking in my inbox. It is always nice to share insights with you and furthermore appreciated the calls that I got on individuals needing to add more to what I have written . I appreciate the entirety of the commitment I got.

Look at this as a safe space for your opinions. Your thoughts may change the world, don’t hesitate to connect with or perhaps be a visitor author here. I’m constantly intrigued by how easily overlooked details rouse us. I opened WordPress, with the point of composing a blog post that will force a conversation on how we will manage private vehicles since they’re the principle motivation behind why we have congestions on our streets. Furthermore, in the event that you are contradicting me simply attempt and mention an observable fact on any road you will be in. Check the quantity of private vehicles versus the PSV. Fun fact😂,I’m on traffic congestion while writing this.

I’ll actually expound on that,but not just yet. I’m patient enough to stand by till the time we are ready for that discussion. I had a discussion with my friends examining if pedestrian underpass would work in Kenya and the reactions were amazing , i’ll certainly connect them here to welcome every other person to join the discussion.

I am thinking underpasses for pedestrians is really a nice idea but mostly such kind of projects would require you to have in mind several aspects like safety, convenience, crossing time, accessibility, and personal security. Actually out of all those issues, safety comes first, coz it’s what’s going to guarantee whether or not people actually use the underpass.

In Nairobi for instance, most of these aspects are some of the issues we’re dealing with while moving along the streets, both during day time na usiku. Is it a great idea? Yes. But then am thinking most of the security issues will take time to address even with the inclusion of lighting. Say something like personal security, ukiwa CBD utaibiwa tu ata mchana and mostly there’s nothing people do or sometimes, can do. How safe are the pedestrian tunnels going to be and this mostly depends on the distance but am thinking it’s quite achievable.

Faith Kinyajui.

Yes it could be costly but less struggle to the public….There are some basic maintenance stuff we’re just supposed to be doing. Drainage isn’t a negotiation…ni something every civil engineer ama a contractor ama whoever constructs roads anajua anafaa kutengeza… it’s just supposed to be there. It doesn’t matter kama ni an underpass bridge ama fly over a proper drainage system is just out of the question of inclusivity as a red flag.

I believe security can be worked out too. All security measures can just be placed na kuwa followed at per. Europeans & Westerners have underpasses for non motorists na it’s a no brainer to them. Story ya machokoch inakuwa neglected but really as tough as it sounds hawafai kuwa tao in the first place leave alone using hizo places as shelters…. They’re budgeted for kwa county governments and Kidero mentioned it time yake…I believe NMS can handle them better than CG.

I have no objection for flyovers. It’s just that there’s a better solution out there and non limiting…Ni vile we’re stupidly poor at executing ideas fully…pole..My bad

Brian Mulanda

I know of it, but it’s a hideout for street kids, and its always defaced na human waste…

Anyway, an underpass while a good idea should incorporate safety & security of it’s users… This can be achieved by having it as wide as possible in such a manner that it accommodates adequate lighting… Another thing that the wide space brings about is for instance, small stalls can be constructed at either end of the underpass, this not only addresses the safety & security issue but also creates employment however meagre it seems…

Then, there’s the issue of aesthetics, let it be aesthetic to the public, those using it or not, murals can be done on either side of the walls, it addresses the issue I’d seen raised on sight seeing…
Underpasses work elsewhere in the world, I don’t see a reason as to why they can’t work here
Thing is, regular maintenance is required and that can be achieved…

Victor Kinyuti

Take a case of university highway ukiingia UoN, that’s an underpass bridge for pedestrians. One things, hakuna site seeing mtu akitumia underpass so it kinda would be boring though safety measures observed for pedestrians.Its true kenya hatujafika hapo but its an idea that can be adopted in future.

Joshua Mugi

Kenya’s infrastructure is not ready for underpasses. We should just focus on improving other aspects of infrastructure underpasses itakam watu wakiacha kuibiwa mchana kwa streets.

Kelvin Malongo

Those are just a few sampled. Join the conversation! What do you think?

Is Nairobi Express way a good idea

I’m excited to write about this coz this was one of my school papers that I enjoyed giving my opinion on. Now that I’m running this blog, I don’t see the reason why not to write about it here. First post this year I’ll be taking suggestions on what you want to be reading.

Allow me to summarize bits about the expressway. The State-backed multi-billion-shilling expressway that is to be developed would ease traffic along Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, and Waiyaki Way. Construction began in October 2019 and the road is planned to be in operation by June next year.

The expressway will have four-lane and six-lane dual carriageways within the current median of Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, and Waiyaki Way, as well as 10 interchanges. The segment from the Eastern and Southern by-passes would be a six-lane dual carriageway, while the section from the Southern Bypass to James Gichuru will be a four-lane dual carriageway.

The purpose of the project is to allow a relatively limited number of personal vehicles to move faster. The highway traffic forecast predicts that approximately 22,000 private motor vehicles will use the facility compared to over 500,000 planned passengers per day on Line 1 BRT. Motorists using the Nairobi Expressway under construction can prepare to pay toll charges as high as Sh1,798 for each journey.          

The worrying issues concerning the project:

  • Road designs and construction plans tend to have little concern for green spaces, yet green spaces are at the center of sustainable development.
  • The project requires a substantial acquisition of land, partially due to the need for large areas for toll plazas. This makes the project costly and will draw on funds that could otherwise be invested in much-needed sustainable transport alternatives for 80% of Nairobi’s walking and cycling residents.
  • The business model of the project promotes the use of private cars. This goes against the best practice in urban mobility of reducing the use of personal motor vehicles. It also goes against attempts to remedy existing inequality and to tackle local air pollution and climate change.

Other long-term impacts of road expansion are increased car travel, increased demand for parking (which is already limited), increased fuel consumption, vehicle exhaust pollution, and road accidents.

Many of these overhead urban highways have proved to attract more cars and lead to changes in adjacent use because of perceived ‘infrastructure improvements’ which results in more congestion. After finding they didn’t help alleviate the congestion of traffic, several cities that had set up overhead highways have finally taken them down.

Will the project have a positive impact on the common man? It would be curious to see how this toll policy works and how the public reacts, as the same thing happened in Johannesburg and the drivers actually refused to pay for what they did not pay for before – which contributed to significant financial difficulties for the national road agency and its ability to do their job.

Now here is the importance of public participation, I came across this tweet and it was a good idea however the main concern about the cycling path under the Expressway will be the security of cyclists. If the spaces won’t be used it will be claimed by the homeless for shelter or hawkers and small shops.

What are your thoughts on the ongoing construction of the Nairobi expressway?

Here are some of your thoughts from my insta stories.

Brace yourselves for the new Nairobi

Yes, literary guys brace yourselves for new looks and operations of the Nairobi CBD in the coming year. I was having this conversation with a certain driver and he bluntly asked me if ill manage next year in Nairobi with the type of shoes I was wearing that day. Being the curious person that I am I went on and asked him a few questions and also researched more about it. And if you are curious why we will be needing more of our sneakers just like me, allow me to serve you with the tea.

I’m sure you’ve all seen the ongoing developments going rounds in the CBD. NMS has been carrying out numerous projects to change the landscape and design of Nairobi with the refurbishment of different roads within the city Centre. NMS has been collaborating with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to decongest the CBD by constructing multiple bus stations on the outskirts.

A tweet from Jean wangari concerning the pedestrian walkways in Nairobi CBD.The pedestrian walkways in Nairobi CBD

The project is part of the expected introduction of Mass Rapid Transport corridors to address persistent congestion in the capital city, including the already launched commuter rail services, non-motorized transport, and BRT corridors. NAMATA published the 12 mobility corridors connecting Ngong town, Kenol, Ruai, JKIA, Limuru, Muranga, Kiambu, and Konza city. Also, they’ll be the installation of electronic systems, which will be used to control operations of the terminus.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Services announces that Matatus will shift from Central Business District in phases, as the first bus terminal is expected to be finished by January.

The Routes Includes:

  • At the junction of Bunyala and Workshop Road, the new terminal which is still under construction, PSVs from Mombasa Road (South B, South C, Industrial Area, Imara Daima, Athi River, Kitengela, Machakos) will terminate.
  • From Waiyaki Way, Uhuru Highway, Kipande, and Limuru roads, the Fig Tree terminus at Ngara will be used to serve matatus from that route.
  • Ngong and Lang’ata road PSVs (Kawangware, Kikuyu, Kibera, Lang’ata, Rongai, Kiserian) will end at Green Park, commonly referred to as the Railways Club, whose terminal is almost complete.
  • The new Desai- Park Road terminal will serve the PSVs from Mt Kenya and those who come by the Thika Superhighway.
  • It is expected that the Muthurwa terminal will stay in use as PSVs from Jogoo and Lusaka Road.

What does this mean for us?

The congestion in Nairobi CBD is mostly brought by the PSVs originating from the city center. The current system makes it more costly and time-consuming for cross-town trips. Locating the bus station outskirts means less congestion and also less traffic. The project will boost connectivity and promote the use of non-polluting modes, more footpaths, special cycle dedicated routes.

The proposed ban on matatu would increase the average walking time for passengers which is due to the transfers of terminals. The increased walking time for passengers with children, people with disabilities, and baggage transporters would be especially difficult. (hence the driver commenting on my shoes.)

Media reports have described the possibilities of buses to ferry passengers from one terminal to another – however such services would result in longer transfers waiting time and extra costs, including passengers inconvenience.

Mobility is a major challenge in Nairobi, Over the years, many unsuccessful attempts have been made to limit access to public transport in the town center. According to statistics, Just a few passengers in Nairobi drive by car, as opposed to the rest who use public transportation, yet the focus is always on public transportation.

The city could also apply steps to prevent the use of private cars. Based on demand, parking rates could be set, providing an incentive for car users to avoid city areas that face the most congestion. Enhanced parking management will also raise funds that could be invested in a public transport system that is open, efficient, and fair.

We have lots of questions concerning this project i.e. will the system be affordable? but we’ll just have to wait till it is implemented, then we will find the answers. I’d love to know what your thoughts and questions are concerning the changes.

And Happy holidays to you🎄. We hope that the new year brings us more happiness, creativity, and a better human condition in our urban areas. We appreciate the constant support you guys have been showing us by subscribing and sharing the content.

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See Yah Next Year!

What I want from the Blog

Didn’t expect to write this kind of post sooner. I told myself I’ll write this on my tenth piece while doing a blog review. But here we are, welcome to my thoughts people.

The reason I find reading so fascinating is coz of the opportunity you have to be in someone else’s thoughts. Just overthink that a little. Today I’m simply letting you help me be decisive on this blog, coz you are part of this 🤗 and also give suggestions on what you want to be reading on this page.

I just had to document this thought. Not that I’m planning on quitting but publishing a weekly blog will be harder considering things are resuming back to normalcy, including school, Yes, I’m still a student. And that means your girl will be busy again tyna get the degree and bet you conquer schoolwork can be overwhelming. Not that I’m complaining but 😂 school requires commitment sometimes, actually most time. If you’ve noticed I didn’t publish any post in two weeks. That made me question if really, I will be able to keep up with posting this blog weekly.

Thanks to the pandemic I found my voice amidst it. Writing this blog has changed my perspective on different things. I was listening to a podcast can’t remember the name but the guy said “writing stuff down or documenting lets you live basically two lifetimes“.

Times I couldn’t agree more coz I go back to the blog posts I wrote a while ago and I’m always like damn was this really my thinking, but we move on regardless. Writing this blog has made me research on the topics I had zero information on. It has made me pursue topics of my genuine curiosity and passion.

Having embraced accountability, I have encountered different people with whom we’ve interacted. It has been three months since I started blogging but the expediency is A1. Writing consistently has made me add the title writer on my name lol, and also gaining skills and specific knowledge Knowledge society cannot train you on, the kind of knowledge you learn on your own. Never thought that would be me. I hope you are assuredly reading this with an open mind, like seeing the better side of writing consistently. And I’m not saying that I have reached where I wanted to be but I’m documenting this progress as a reminder to me also to impact someone to start creating now. It’s not too late, Join me!

I started this blog to catalyze people with like minds to share their thinking, talk, and discuss topics. Also, I wanted to create interesting and engaging content that will have an impact while providing valuable life insights. I didn’t want this blog to be me teaching you guys but rather us learning together. You guys are solely allowing me to simplify urban issues, to ease on understanding, and also provide urban experiences of urban centers I have visited or have an interest in. Next time you feel any of my posts aren’t hitting any of the goals, please feel free to remind me to stay on course.😊

Your thoughts and suggestions are highly valued. Talk to me, what kind of blogs do you want to read about, which post was impactful, or which one did you not like. After this, I’ll do a refresh on the whole site according to your suggestions. Connect with us so that we can work together, collaborate or share ideas. If this sounds like you, Email us or drop us a dm.

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Imposter Syndrome? The Perfect solution

Ever been in a position you feel you don’t deserve to be, for whatever reasons, or felt like you are not good enough. That’s imposter syndrome. I had never come across that word till I started creating online. I remember thinking to myself. Who do I think I am to publicly post about urban matters? That question alone stopped me from starting this blog sooner. I had to research ways of dealing with it

Being a huge fan of Austin Kleon works, I’m currently reading one of his books Steal Like an Artist. A very insightful book which I recommend. In this book he highlights that All advice is autobiographical.

“its one of my theories that when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past”

Austin Kleon

Today’s post is me documenting a number of my findings to act as a reminder, hoping it will be of great help to you guys. Imposter syndrome doesn’t only happen to people with low self-esteem or people who lack self-confidence, in fact, it often happens to mostly high achieving people. Research says quite a good percentage of people experience this kind of feeling at some point in their lives, be it women, men, creatives, managers, students, or anybody else out there.

Imposter syndrome prevents a lot of creatives from starting up let alone evolving. Being an advocator of ‘we need more creators online’ my goal still stands. I want to inspire at least one. Figured maybe these thoughts might be holding you down from taking that first step. These are the things I have learned so far trying to figure out ways of dealing with that.

This feeling comes about when we are mostly looking inward and feeling like everyone else is judging what we are doing. The truth is most of them are just worried about themselves, they are not actively thinking about you. Always remember we choose what we believe. We determine the kind of stories that we tell ourselves about something.

Question your thoughts:

You need to ask yourself the reasons behind your thoughts, what’s making someone so great like you to think you are a fraud. Understand why you started that thing you are doing in the first place and make sure is for the right reasons. Give yourself an explanation that you are happy with. Separate feelings from facts. Have a decent review and write down genuine reasons as to why you are having those thoughts. I recommend journaling, it will help you connect the dots of your life.

Fix your Role

stepping in a stewardship role. Think of yourself as the steward of those ideas (guiding people through rather than teaching) You’ll be more imposter syndrome when you view yourself as the expert. This has really been one of my greatest hacks.

Be Consistent

Consistency seems the solution to most things. Consistency is better especially on starting things. This will aid in fixing your identity. The virtue of the frequency of actions creates your self-image. Being consistent will also make you have pride in that particular aspect of your identity, and you’ll be more motivated to maintain everything associated with it. Keep proving it to yourself with small wins.

Don’t Compare yourself

I recently learned there’s actually no winner in this life coz different people have different attributes and likes. So, people are winning different categories, everyone is running his or her own race. If you want to compare you have to consider their entire situation, not judging them in just one lane. You really don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes. Just don’t compare.

Keep Educating Yourself

If you feel less expert on that field, educating yourself about that field will make you more knowledgeable about it. Always remember intelligence isn’t fixed, It comes through continuous learning. Do research, google everything, and ask the people who are already doing it how they manage.

Have a positive-growing mindset

that everything we do is all part of growing or its learning process be it our wins or our losses, determine ways of dealing with your failures.

Fake it till you make it

“Another way to say this? Fake it ’til you make it.
I love this phrase. There are two ways to read it:
1. Pretend to be something you’re not until you are—fake it until you’re successful. Until everybody sees you the way you want them to; or

2. Pretend to be making something until you actually make something.
I love both readings—you have to dress for the job you want, not the job you have, and you have to start doing the work you want to be doing.”

Austin Kleon;Steal like an Artist

What happens when you finally get the courage to start creating online?

  • Are you willing to stay patient?
  • Are you willing to make sacrifices for it?
  • Are you willing to fall in love with boredom?

Topic for another day. Remember to choose the best part that you believe in, the kind of judgment that other people pass on that’s their choice. And make sure you are enjoying the process of whatever thing you are doing.

I’d love to hear thoughts on this.

Facts About Kitale You Need to Know

I love spending my afternoons either enjoying the nice weather while going through my socials or doing physical activities, either going for a bike ride or an afternoon run. Today I’m sitting under a tree writing this piece. (Thinking of ways to impress you guys with this intimate story about my home town😂) I always think to myself, how lucky I’m I to call such a place home. mainly coz of the weather especially around this harvesting times.(The weather here is priceless)

You remember writing in your compositions that “I was woken up by the chirping of the birds(and all kind of environment descriptions)” this is literally the place you were talking about😂. And if you’ve happened to visit this place, during this time or call this place home you probably understand what I’m talking about. Every time I come home after a long time I’m always hit with the same feels of good vibes and peacefulness. At my age I still get homesick and just yearn to come home, It will always remain my best option if I need a getaway place from anything.

I can go on and on about how I love this place, forgetting that this blog is on urban issues, I just felt the need to express my home passionate love in an urban setting blog. I remember writing on my introduction post that I will be writing about my experiences of towns and cities I have interests in or ones that I have happened to visit. I just thought to myself why not start with my hometown. Plus, a good friend asked me to write about it,and it was a good idea since I’m able to report things I have one on one experience with.

I remember telling him there’s almost no interesting thing about the town, from its planning to the services to everything. But this is me trying to be charitable about it (Being nice and viewing something in the best light, simply finding 70 reasons why that particular thing is amazing or excusing the way it is)

But chill ain’t going to highlight 70 coz I’ll be stuck on the 5th or at most the 10th. I’ll highlight the myths, misconceptions, and facts associated with the place. Coz I have interacted with friends who happened not to know if this town even exits… so most time I’m hit with where is that? (and it’s always heartbreaking to find out someone doesn’t know about this place) I’ll answer all of your questions about Kitale in this post, or rather take you on to a virtual tour of Kitale Town. But I welcome your contribution, especially for people who’ve visited the town.This is a safe space for all of your urban issues.

The town serves as the administrative and commercial capital of Trans Nzoia County, also a frontier town of the northern part of Kenya. It is situated between Mt. Elgon and Cherang’any Hills. The place is generally gorgeous mostly coz its physical properties. You’ll be welcomed on your entrance to town with the amazing trail of trees along the roads, be it on Eldoret-Kitale highway, Webuye -Kitale road, or Kapenguria – Kitale road. The county government has really tried conserving those trees coz they really are old. Those trees contribute positively to the serene feels of the town. And it’s an amazing feeling entering the town especially if you are a first-timer in that town.

Most people assume that majority of the population that lives in Kitale belongs to The Luhya ethnic group, but surprise! surprise! Kitale is a Cosmopolitan region of tribes. But Ugali remains the staple food due to the availability of cornflour.

If you are looking for a cheaper place to stay, then Kitale should top your list. Houses are affordable compared to other towns. plus, food around the region is in plenty, Hence the name “the cereal basket of Kenya”. Most residents of the town are farmers mostly of maize, wheat, beans, potatoes, dairy products, you name it. The rich soil types, high altitudes with a fair gradient topography, and above all the favourable weather patterns around the region is the region’s biggest asset to the growth of a lot of crops. (Agricultural town)

Roasted maize, Image source: Unsplash

You literally can’t walk anywhere around the region without you spotting a vast field of maize plantation. People are generally homely and ready to help anyone, including strangers. I don’t know a lot about the crime rate within the urban setting, what I know is, my phone is safer in this town compared to any other town in the country😂.

The best things about the region are located outside towns. Places to visit while you are around the region include:

  • Mt Elgon National Park (I love this place coz of the caves, hikes, and home of different wild animals)
  • Saiwa Swamp National park.
  • Kitale Museum.
  • Kitale Nature Conservancy( Ndura Park)
  • Treasures of Africa Museum
  • Cherang’any Hill ranges( I recommend the orange sunset view from the south of the town, just marvelous)

Although the town has a slow growth rate, some of the recent and ongoing transformation in Kitale includes. (Most of them have websites for each development)

  • The Interchange as you enter CBD from Eldoret.
  • The Kitale bus park.
  • Kitale Market.
  • Trans Nzoia Teaching and referral hospital.
  • Amagoro Park.
  • The glass façade structures in CBD: One tanna tower ,Tuskeys building (almost closed) and Yes Plaza (young adults love it here) All this situated along Kenyatta street making the street among the busiest streets. Also the availability of chain stores and chain banks along the street make the streets busy. Line Moja street, another busy street: Being the main entrance of the town from different parts of the region and also host of major bus, matatus and railway terminal. The street also hosts a lot of business stalls, informal industries (jua kali industry), second hand clothes, bus and matatu terminals and railway terminal.

The town is generally poorly planned and maintained hence majority of the urban problems. Kitale town has linear pattern growth, urban development growing along major roads. Main urban issues include:

  • Poor accessibility and transportation links: The town has poor road surfaces with no space designated for pedestrians. non-functional railway lines despite the majority of the population depend on public means of transport which are unreliable. Most roads don’t meet the urban setting standards.
  • Traffic congestion in CBD especially peak hours: inadequate parking spaces and unorganized public transport especially on matatus, taxis tuktuk, and bodabodas.
  • Poor management of solid waste: undesignated dumping areas in CBD, almost no litter bins around the town
    Encroachment of road reserves by motorists and, more so boda-boda riders: This is the kind of town you can’t apply the crossing road knowledge (look right, left, and right again) that we were taught in primary school.
  • Almost no stormwater drainage infrastructure.
  • The town has inadequate green space.
  • Inadequate market and industrial facilities: Traders and Jua kali industry are congested along Laini Moja streets, leading to others taking to sell at the streets of CBD inconveniencing traders.
  • Inadequate higher institution facilities: Most residents relocate to other towns in search of higher learning which is a letdown coz the town is rich in the best performing mission highschools.
  • Inadequate terminal facilities for buses and matatus
  • Inadequate street lighting: some parts in CBD are poorly lit at night
  • The town lacks a land-use plan to control housing development: hence informal settlement in areas like Kipsongo, Shimo la Tewa, and Tiwani.

These are just a few observable problems around the urban area. Going into the rural part of the region major problems are Inaccessible roads during wet seasons and 60% of the population in the region live below the poverty line. We really need to rethink the planning incentives of the town. If no planning action will be taken, the town will have no defined direction growth which will create more urban problems including shrinking of the agricultural land. Some of the solution to curb the urban problem in Kitale:

  • The governance of the region has a huge impact on how the town will look like in the future. Good governance will enhance the effectiveness of the town and municipal planning.
  • We need to create a well-planned and functional municipality that will create an investor-friendly environment and aid in its growth. This will increase the economic vibrancy which will in turn create more job opportunities hence improve the living standards of the people in the region
  • Being an agricultural town, it can be structured by various development concepts, Including the Concentric zone model, The garden city model, or sector model. This will give the town a more structured growth that can be controlled.
  • Have environment policies that prevents encroachment of conserved areas.
  • Increase the local access to quality higher education and training: This will foster a more informed and creative society
  • Improve transport links to town: Provision of a better transport system, and road infrastructure, revitalize rail transit.

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What Makes Rwanda Africa’s Most Inspiring Success Story

I’m curious, where do you get your news from? apart from memes and twitter. I did a poll on my Instagram account but I’d love to hear from you. As for me, I prefer not watching Tv news, especially during these pandemic times, coz of the negative anxiety that’s comes with it. I think watching the news makes me worry about things that are beyond my control.

Not that I don’t care about what’s going on, but the news makes me look at the world within the mindset that created the problems. someone might say, why don’t you just have a mindset shift or watch the news with an open mind but different people have different ways of protecting their mental health.

That has been my biggest hack to stay sane during this time. I avoid the news to keep my head around the things I care about, so I prefer customizing my google to bring me news on topics I care about or just randomly checking my socials especially my twitter account to keep myself on the know.

Speaking of twitter, Today’s post is a series of urban tweets I came across, that might interest you, and simply admiring Rwanda as a country. Y’all have heard how the country is termed as beautiful and of the most inspiring success story in Africa. I know that title’s huge, but the country has really done a good job of bouncing back from the tragic 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In this post, we will highlight and discuss several things that make the country unique and beautiful. I too, wish was writing about my country. But there’s a lot of lessons we can learn from them. More so what we can achieve with good leadership and discipline from its citizens.

Rwanda is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see. We can say this country is generally blessed just like many of the countries in Africa. Although the country is landlocked, it’s geography is beautiful, filled with mountains, savannah, lakes (Lake Kivu), and hills hence its nickname:” The land of a thousand hills

The city has Instagram-worthy view, so there’s plenty of viewpoints. Environment and animal conservation are a major priority in the country. The country has a diverse ecosystem and Its government is committed to ensuring that, the local environment is preserved. Since they have worked tirelessly to protect the mountain gorillas in the Virunga mountain range and the environment generally. In 2008, Rwanda banned the use of plastic bags in efforts to go green.

Kigali’s growing business district simply explains the country’s growth stories. This is coz of the successful government policies that have enabled the country to experience a fast transforming economy. Although a percentage of its citizens live below the poverty line, The Rwandan president has noted his ambition to make the country the ‘Singapore of Africa’. In spite of being the smallest country in East Africa, it is listed among the safest country in the world, ahead of countries like New Zealand. This has made tourism to be one of the fastest-growing industries in the country. Interesting places to visit are the Volcanoes National Park and the Kigali Genocide Memorial. This tweet will explain the kind of leadership this country has.

Simple policies like having a clean-up session that every able-bodied person age ranges from 18 to 65 participates have made them be ranked as the cleanest country in Africa. The clean-up session is called Umuganda meaning: coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome. Some will argue that it’s because of how dense its population is, but it takes a lot to achieve that, from its leadership to the discipline of its citizen. If you’ve seen the recent story: Lessons from Rwanda that Jeff Koinage (Kenyan news anchor) did that was aired on Citizen tv then you’ll understand what I’m talking about. The streets are so clean!

The city is an example of a human city since its beautiful, functional, and able to accommodate its citizen population. It is at the forefront of urbanism and sustainable transport, it’s quite easy to get around the city because of the safe motorbike taxis. Beautified streets and quality footpaths of the city center and people can walk safely at night. Kigali Convention Centre being one of the most iconic places in the city

67 Percent of the parliament’s positions are occupied by women. This is a wow factor since women around the world are going against the traditional gender roles to take positions of power, which is happening at a higher rate than normal in Rwanda.

Rwanda is definitely a must visit place. You can add other fun facts about Rwanda that you know off and it’s fascinating. I came across this other tweet but that’s a topic for another day.

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