WAPI: To one his own

Mzee Kiko | Septuagenerian’s view Exactly eighty-nine years after Matthew Murrey’s rack locomotive, called The Salamanca started work for the Narrow Guage Midleton railway in the United Kingdom in 1812, The railway line between Mombasa and Kisumu was completed. That railway line, passed not far from the village in which I spent the first few…

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Levert, go well.

I was shocked to read today that Gerald Levert, left, passed away about 9 days ago. I wonder how I missed the news but well. I first came into contact with Gerald Levert when I was a boy and he had just released that Song, “I’ll do anything to fall in love”. He had a…

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Old Dog learns a new trick

Mzee Kiko | A Septuagenerian view I am seated outside my house on the Ngong’ Hills over looking to one side the planes that spread flat eastwards and southwards to Nairobi and beyond, over the Nairobi national park, in which i see from a distance, the vague shapes of herds of animals moving about. From…

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Umuhimu wa maji

Looking through my past emails, i found this one. Gikuyus will find it funny. Riu ona nii ndaririkana murata wakwa witaguo Mbogo turi std. 6 tuerituo tuandike insha hindi ya kigeranio kia muico wa term Topic yari, “Umuhimu wa Maji” Mbogo insha yake andikire uu: “Maji ni muhimu sana. Siku moja, babangu aliniambia nipeleke ng’ombe…

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Our cyle, our lives

A pregnant woman and a child were this week killed at the Dadaab refugee camps in northern Kenya, in a spate of flash floods that have left many homeless.  According to Mr. Eddie Gedalof, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees acting representative in Kenya, many structures were washed away and destroyed as the two drowned.…

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Write round about town

There is a homeless woman in Woodlands, UK who started a blog chronicling her life. The unnamed woman who prefers to maintain the identity wandering scribe, lives in her car – sleeping on the front seats, with all her possessions in the back – has been out of home since September last year. She has…

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FYI: Update Like Clockwork

This is just to let you know that this blog will be updated twice a week every week – that’s every Wednesday and Saturday night, East African Standard Time. Check in every Thursday and Sunday for a good reading. In case you would like to contribute, please send your piece to mambo101@gmail.com Thank you. Mambo…

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Woman or Human?

A couple of days ago, I was seated with some business executives who were saying that women executives are wired differently from men executives, in that they are more emotional and reactive. I was silent in that discussion because I just wasn’t sure. This morning, I had the opportunity of dealing with two women executives…

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The Question of Hawkers and Others

An interesting discussion is developing on Mambo 101 on the question with in depth articles on the question of hawkers and other “riff raff” in the city. Udi Waithaka suggests that the question is one of deliberate urbanisation. I don’t know. A new blog by a number of interesting serious writers: Mambo 101 I suggest…

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The Reality in Zimbabwe

By Eddie Lambo  Kenya went through this in the eighties. South Africa went through this during apartheid. Virtually every country in Africa has gove through this sort of pain. Why is it that Africa is not doing anything about this? When people were dying in Rwanda, the internet did not have YouTube. Now, we are…

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The Question of Hawkers & Others

The question of hawkers in Nairobi (and other parts of Africa) is a touchy one for most Kenyans. The running battles that they constantly have with City Council askaris bring about emotive discussions about how badly the “downtodden” are treated, where are these people meant to go if thrown of the streets etc. This blog will…

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