Kenyan roads are among the most dangerous in the world and it is hard to avoid the conclusion that decision-makers in government prefer to keep them that way. By JACQUELINE M. KLOPP
Fifty-five years after independence, Nairobi's urban planning still privileges the well-heeled motorists over the walking poor. This, as PATRICK GATHARA explains, is rooted in colonial policy.
“The people are the city.” – Citizens in William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus At the crack of dawn, roughly between 5a.m and 7a.m, the “Great Trek” in Nairobi begins. Hordes of security guards, domestic workers, office cleaners, factory workers, vegetable hawkers, office messengers and jua kali artisans, among others, start their journey to work – on foot. […]
“There are no signs beyond this point. You are on your own.” The stretch of road from Homa Bay to Mbita and Rusinga Island is probably the best road I’ve seen in Kenya. Not only is it properly marked, it has clear signage, reflectors and proper distances between rumble strips and bumps. It weaves down […]
Two road crashes in the first two weeks of November have robbed Kenya of six lives including that of Nyeri Governor, Wahome Gakuru, and once again brought to the fore the crisis of safety on the country’s roads and highways. As of November 8, according to statistics released by the National Transport and Safety Authority, […]