NYARIBO AIRSTRIP GETS UPGRADE AND EXPANSION
The Kenya Airports Authority has during the week inspected the 180 million Kenya Shillings input in modernizing and expanding this airfield in Nyeri county, assuring the aviation and business fraternity present during the occasion of continued infrastructural improvements for the industry.
The runway expansion and addition of brand new apron has made flying from the capital, and from anywhere else within the country, possible and safer, after the newly re- tarmacked field is now 1.3 kilometres long. Still to be done at Nyaribo is a new passenger terminal and a secure perimeter fencing, to increase aviation security and to keep squatters out of the land set aside for the airfield. Half a dozen similar airstrips in strategically important locations are also due to be upgraded to similar standards, a boost for general aviation and medical evacuation flights and of course for the all important safari flights carrying tourists from one part of the country to the other without wasting their precious time in country by criss crossing parks by road journeys. Watch this space.
June Wanjugu Akembo
13/88 Nelson St.
Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
9 December 2015
Re: East African Politics And Building Cities
To Heads of Organizations:
As you know, our cities are built on important rivers which include the Nile, Tana and Athi. The other important rivers of East Africa include the Congo, Zambezi and Limpopo, and their tributaries. The implications mean that the construction of cities affects agriculture and irrigation, as well as transportation and communications. My uncle, Mr. Stephen Karaba Baaru, used to work for the Ministry of Public Works, and that means the building of roads and bridges around Kenya. Today, airports are part of that economic sector, and to continue from my previous letter, the development of Karatina, where my family is from has been significantly affected. During my childhood, the Wang’ombe family refused to land at Karatina when they returned from the United States of America. The Wang’ombe’s family is at Kanjuri, which is a mere twenty minute drive from Karatina. Kanjuri is located between Karatina and Othaya, which is the home town of Kenya’s former president, Mr. Mwai Kibaki. The problem is that when the Wang’ombe’s initially travelled to the United States of America on behalf of the cause on behalf of Taureans, there was already a death warrant because the Taureans were holding everyone else hostage, in addition to increasing crime etc. Refusal to land at Karatina or Othaya meant that my mother and I had to wake up at 3:00am so that we could drive to Nairobi to meet them at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. My grandmother accompanied us. My grandfather refused to make the trip. We got help from Mr. Ngatia who is from Kiangoma, and whose daughter Joan attended Nyeri Primary School. You will remember from previous letters that Mr. Ngatia ran a transporation company with his car, between Nairobi and Karatina. On that particular day, his day’s work was to pick up the Wang’ombe family and their luggage. I was recently annoyed when Christine Todd Whitman quarrelled with me by charging that I was disliked by Joan Ngatia. The white woman will not admit that Mr. Ngatia had complained about the behaviour of the Wang’ombe’s who are nasty and impossible to get along with. The refusal to arrive at a nearby airport made life far too difficult. Furthermore, Mr. Wang’ombe’s family did not have to struggle to meet them. They have a farm at Kanjuri, and a brother named Mundia wa Mariga was the one who should have been called to meet them, if they were unable to get transportation for themselves. The recent revealing of a schedule and show has made me all the more annoyed. There is every reason to believe that the farm and house were lived in and occupied for the duration of their 4 year absence, and so the house could have been prepared by the employees who were looking after the farm and the produce which is grown there, namely tea which is sold to earn money. As you know, the Wang’ombe’s then insisted that they had to attend the same schools as I did, namely Nyeri Primary School. Later, when we moved to Nairobi, they had to live within Jamhuri Estate where we also lived. They eventually bought another farm and house at Kirichu which is near Kiganjo where there’s another local airport. Kiganjo is near Nyeri, but that is where a Lango girl named Pamela Boit, along with a Bukiga girl named Caroline Boit, used to land so that they could attend Nyeri Primary School. They lived with a Kalenjin family whose daughter Jane Boit also attended Nyeri Primary School. I’m investigating all of these local airports, so that they can develop openly and cater to people. An Acholi girl named Nora Mwaka used to land at Mweiga Airport which is literally around the corner from Nyeri Primary School. All of these girls left the school shortly after I did, and they enrolled at schools at Nairobi. We all later met at Kenya High School where there were more Lango, Acholi and Bukiga girls. Kajiado, Londiani, Loitokitok and Ngong, all of which are Masai towns, are also being looked at so that they too become disclosed to the public. Where Tanzania is concerned, Arusha and Moshi are Masai cities where air travel and commerce. In Uganda, Lira and Apac are my primary targets, but Langoland has other towns as well which are to join the rest of us. Moshi and Arusha are located on tributaries of the Athi River upon which Nairobi is built. By the way, the headmistress at Kenya High School, Mrs. Joyce Wanjohi, is from Mweiga which was also used by my uncle when he visited me at my grandparents’ house during my childhood. It has become revealed that we were not allowed to publicly disclose the existence of the airport at Karatina, and that has made life very difficult. Kiganjo’s experiences after the Wang’ombe’s moved there also have to be monitored due to security concerns. There is now a university there at Kamwenja at an institution where Mrs. Wang’ombe once taught. It used to be a Teacher’s Training College, and we must make sure that our teachers are given the right training so that we continue to increase our strength. Mrs. Wang’ombe also taught at Highridge Teachers’ Training College at Nairobi, and any incorrect teaching given by her has to be corrected and removed. Another institution which I remember is the former Kenya Science Teachers’ College. It’s not part of the University of Nairobi and it’s known as the Science Campus of the university. It’s located next to Jamhuri Estate, and I wrote to it shortly after I arrived here in New Zealand. The teaching of science and the longlasting effects within commercial manufacturing and industry were the issues on my mind. Finally, with respect to economic advancement, our tribes must build banks too with headoffices within our tribal lands so that our ancestral towns also become important trading partners withing all of eastern, southern, central and northern Africa.
June Wanjugu Akembo
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