I’m sorry about what I said about Kitengela

I’m sorry about what I said about Kitengela

I’m sorry for what I said about Kitengela…
2 years ago.

I chided about the dust and sprawling polyethene bags. I spoke of sewers and booming Wamasaa shutles. I spoke of choking winds and deadly fumes. I spoke of a stinking slaughterhouse and 6 by 6 potholes.
I spoke about a swampy market and rowdy bodabodas. I spoke about incurable traffic jams and lane-less tuktuks. I spoke about flash markets on roads and misplaced buildings. I spoke about car parks on the roads and lakes in the town centers when IT THREATENED to rain. I talked about “shonde ni pesa” poop bowsers and raw sewers THAT RESULTED FROM PRIVATIZATION. I spoke about no drainage systems. I spoke about taxis, and its jobless drivers. I spoke about crazy motorcycle rides, the sand, mud and dust, and its vestless, helmetless riders. I spoke of uncompleted projects… misplaced Mulika Mwizi floodlights and roughly-done contracts. I spoke about sold government properties and slaving construction workers. I wrote about women, from Mandazi sellers to hardware-runners… fighting off morally-bent men all day as part of fulfilling their duties… I wrote about the banks, loans and the curses of land sale.

I wrote about sand and the death of rivers; and the growth of Kitengela. I spoke of research(less) planting of trees that dried water-catchment points. I spoke about bed-rocks harvested for buildings’ foundations, leaving rivers bare. I spoke about dumping soil into rivers and milking off brush. I spoke of milango-mbili lorries that sank their chasis harvesting the last of the sand that remained in the deepest rivers beds. I spoke about the disappearance of wildebeests and rhinos that once wandered into the once-thick shrubs next to my home. I wrote about the lions that ate livestock but we were all too naive to pursue compensation individually. I wrote about the KETRACO project and the SGR that cuts through Nairobi National Park… and why the natives do not care anymore.

Now, I look at everything.



Jeremiah Kipainoi is a Communication for Development expert that makes films, transcriptions, podcasts, online strategies, and radio content to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bisau, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Liberia, and tackles climate change through resilience building, and championing for community-led development.