My Belated Christmas Wish to Governor Evans Kidero

Happy New Year friends.

I have a belated Christmas wish and since Santa Claus has returned home in the North Pole, I’ll direct it to Governor Evans Kidero, with the hope that it will be included in Nairobi City County’s Road Construction and Repairs Goals for 2015.

The drainage hole after it was fenced off, a few days after my fall.
The drainage hole after it was fenced off, a few days after my fall.

Five days before Christmas I injured my leg by falling into an open drainage hole full of sewage and muddy water on Gitanga Road in Lavington. As a result I was nursing a bruised leg and a twisted ankle on Christmas and New Year days.

This happened because it was dark and that particular section of Gitanga Road is not lit. As a matter of fact, most roads in Lavington are partially in the dark at night, making it dangerous for pedestrians. In this part of the city of Nairobi, pedestrians fight for space with speeding cars, buses and matatus; motorcycles and mkokotenis (hand pulled carts) due to the poor state or non-existence of road side foot paths.

A side walk on Gitanga Road, near a road side market.
A side walk on Gitanga Road, near a road side market.

My wish to Governor Evans Kidero for 2015 is that the pedestrian be put at the center of all road construction and repairs plans. That way provisions will be made for all road users. Motorcyclists, cyclists and mkokotenis will have their own paths, and hopefully city by-laws will be enforced so that PSVs drop commuters at designates stages and people shopping from road side kiosks don’t park on pavements. More overpasses and underpasses will be built to make taking a stroll in Nairobi a pleasurable experience.

In the meantime, one of my new year’s resolutions is to follow my doctor’s advice whenever I’ll be venturing outside at night: carry a torch.

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Angela Kamanzi is passionate about empowering African women through entrepreneurship. She is the publisher and founding editor of MKAZI, a digital magazine that offers solutions and tools to women who are starting up in business or taking their ventures to the next level. She is the founder of BizzRafiki-Your Friend in Biashara, a mentorship program which specialises in helping budding or aspiring women entrepreneurs start or grow high income business ventures from their passion. For more than ten years she contributed to a number of local and international publications as a freelance writer. She has 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship. She lives in Nairobi with her husband and their two sons. Her journey was featured on Lionesses of Africa, on AM Live NTV , in the Saturday Nation, on Supamamas website and Mummy Tales blog.

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