Gak­iha Weru

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - SUNDAY REVIEW -


It seems that some bright spark some­where has fi­nally de­cided that road mark­ings are not only nec­es­sary but some­times mak­ing all the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. As the project is rolled out on most roads, driv­ing is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing eas­ier, much safer and plea­sur­ably. Truth is that we have lived with­out these mark­ings for so long that many of us had for­got­ten that proper roads should be clearly marked. Sig­nif­i­cantly, we have a whole gen­er­a­tion of driv­ers who are en­coun­ter­ing these mark­ings for first time since they first saw them on that ta­ble at the driv­ing school.


I read with in­creas­ing dis­may of MCAS spend­ing mil­lions of tax­pay­ers’ money at the coast for in­duc­tions cour­ses. Granted, these folks need to be taken through the paces in or­der for them to come into grips with what is ex­pected of them. I agree that lead­ers too need to get around the coun­try once in a while. But there is some­thing ob­scene about them act­ing like play­boy wannabes and float­ing in tubes in the ocean and gen­er­ally act­ing silly. Watch­ing them, I get the im­age of lit­tle worms gnaw­ing away at the soul of na­tion.


There are times I can’t help feel­ing sorry for the Kenyan farmer. We were in Ki­nagop, the place famed for potato pro­duc­tion this week. Trou­ble is that traders buy­ing the pro­duce in­sist on a 12 foot bag at a thou­sand bob. I thought there was some re­cent law against this form of ex­ploita­tion? I know there is that thing about de­mand and sup­ply but farm­ers across the coun­try do not farm their land for sport. They too have their needs. Most im­por­tantly, in a coun­try that peren­ni­ally suf­fers food deficit, they de­serve some pro­tec­tion from the buc­ca­neer­ing mer­chants.


We, of course, couldn’t end our visit to the happy val­ley with­out stop­ping for de­li­cious kuku kienyeji sea­soned with minji and pilip­ili ki­asi from He­len’s kitchen at Slopes Villa in En­gi­neer. Joji is still the wise cracker that he has al­ways been though in be­tween his crazy jokes, he freezes and gets this va­cant look in his eyes like those prophets of longer ago. I guess smart busi­ness­men have all man­ner of dif­fi­cult maths swirling around in the heads. The lum­ber­jack has taken time to dry out while Mr Ele­phant, the lo­cal mav­er­ick show no signs of slow­ing down. gak­i­

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