Gen.Badi’s NMS earns six more months to bring order to the city, will they?

Gen. Mohammed Badi

Nairobi’s overcrowded streets are rarely swept or washed and are home to hundreds of hawkers who block the way with wares as county askaris engage them in cat and mouse games and at times only pick bribes

By The Weekly Vision Online

Nairobi governor Anne Kananu has given the Nairobi Metropolitan Services a fresh lease of life with a six-month extension of its tenure, the NMS mandate was set to expire yesterday. But even as NMS was getting a fresh lease of life, many city residents disappointed at the lack of services from NMS, claim that former governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko did a better job by cleaning up the dusty streets that had been littered with garbage.

 Far from being the green city in the sun, the streets in Nairobi have become a permanent eyesore and a health hazard from mountains of uncollected garbage and blocked drainage. The overcrowded streets are rarely swept or washed and are home to hundreds of hawkers who block the way with wares as county askaris engage them in cat and mouse games, the askaris only pick bribes allowing the hawking to go on with their businesses.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta transferred functions of Nairobi City from Governor Sonko to the military, expectations were high that the (NMS) would be far more effective in rendering services. Instead, hordes of street families have turned major highways and city lanes into open toilets while cooking and sleeping in the open on pavements with scarcely anybody bothering them.

Nairobi’s bus station, for example, mountains of garbage have become a breeding area for giant rodents. At the bus station, open eateries pose a health hazard just waiting to happen, they serve food next to blocked stinking drainage and sewers with flies buzzing all over the place

Others near the busy Globe cinema roundabout waylay women whom they rape or rob, a human rights lobby group has erected a huge banner warning against “human beasts”! Gen. Badi’s team may have tried to collect garbage, put up a few amenities and fixed a few potholes on the roads but a lot remains to be done.

A street in the CBD

Around the Nairobi bus station for example mountains of garbage have become a breeding area for giant rodents. At the bus station, open eateries pose a health hazard just waiting to happen, they serve food next to blocked stinking drainage and sewers with flies buzzing all over the place.

The NMS has failed to tame the hawking menace with county askaris only turning the traders into mobile ATMs! On and off arrests have become nothing but continued torment for city residents going about their business. The chaos is even worse with the cacophony of matatu touts shouting their heads off. Congestion in city streets has become a gold mine for pickpockets and muggers who mingle with unsuspecting would-be victims.

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