Nairobians and Rainy Traffic

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If there is one thing that every other Nairobian knows is a menace is traffic. Believe you me, no one likes it one bit. And me writing about it, doesn’t make it any news or something.

But if there is one thing that amazes me with Nariobians is the way when just a little rain eve if it has just rained for like 5 minutes, kila mtu goes haywire. Everyone owning a car suddenly “has to rush somewhere” or must leave immediately “to avoid traffic”. I wonder, what are you avoiding? If anything you are the cause of the menace that is Nairobi roads during rush hour! And even with that, why is it called rush hour anyway? Why cant it just remain a hour? Regular hour? Does it have to be rush? Ok, I sound like a broken record talking about this since its not just here that we experience mind-boggling traffic. But enyewe, even if I havent been to a place like Mumbai, aki ya nani Nairobi traffic is sometimes just too much. And this escalates tenfold when a little rain pours. We go crazy. Matatus operators look up and thank the heavens since now they can charge us in dollars! Even the grounded sickly coughing cars now get a new lease of life (not!) just because someone hataki kunyeshewa. Kwani? Is it a disease?

Jana (March 30th 2010) I stayed at the bus stop for an hour. Why? Every goddam mat is stuck somewhere in thika road, better known as jam road! The repairs look like they will take forever! I was rained on, I had left my umbrella at home (goodness me!) and since Nairobi planning is pathetic, nay, that’s an understatement, neandathal, everywhere was flooded with yucky brown water that threatened the life of my shoes and pedicure!

To top it all off, I missed an episode of the most watched show in Kenya (IMHO) Sortilegio or Love Spell on Citizen at 8pm. Ooh my sweet Alejandro I missed you :(!!!!

Alejandro and Maria Hose

It is times like those that make you wish you had a car, or better yet, lived in shags!

So, after bitching around for not having a car, being stuck in town for two hours (and because of my own stupidity and frustrations) and finally being dragged through rain without an umbrella, Me I Think that it would be nice, by maybe 2012, to be passing through a nicer, more beautiful Nairobi such as this one, don’t you think?

Artist’s impression of the proposed overpass at Globe Cinema roundabout

|Speedin – Mario|


5 Responses to “Nairobians and Rainy Traffic”

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  2. kbaab Says:

    Pole for being rained on! But i agree with you, Nairobi traffic in the rain is just a mess! I figured i can only complain about so much.

  3. kbaab Says:

    Oh and I think once the Thika super highway is complete. . . It’s gonna be the envy of many. I can’t wait. 🙂

    • Joliea Says:

      So so true. I simply can’t wait!

  4. Mambo Says:

    I think the new thika road will just be fantatics. I am considering locating my hosting facility to thika road some day

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