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Coastweek -- This is the final week of the year two thousand and eighteen and it’s been the usual topsy turvy Kenya, writes TETI KAMUGUNDA.

We have had some highlights that have held their position throughout the year and others have come and gone without leaving a lasting mark – (…yet for some).

After the tensions and tumult of the prior year where the election was the main matter on peoples’ minds, the year started with most Kenyans on tenterhooks as the threat of secession and the continuation of the violence and loss of life that characterised the election period would continue into the year.

Then then “Handshake” happened.

This event marked the thawing of the tensions and a new collabo and co-op between the two key protagonists during the prior election period.

It was at first greeted with a lukewarm reception as the traditional politicos tried to work out what the effect of the “handshake” would be.

They were all worried about what they would be left looking after and also whether their political situation would change or be under threat.

The situation has not changed.

The two so called principals have maintained that the handshake was meant to return some sanity to the country and work as a catalyst for development. 

They have continually said that it was not a political pact but the wary and sceptical Kenyans continue to think that there must be some other ulterior motive that will manifest itself in the future.

Instead of focusing on the negatives and trying to fathom some kind of political intrigue, the political class should settle on using the opportunity presented by this political calm to speed up development activities at whatever level they operate at.

My view is that because the two principals are in synch and the message is clear – Big Four Agenda is the headlines for the President and changes in the representation and the electoral system is key for the former Prime Minister.

The handshake was on the basis that the two leaders did not really have different and priorities – they were not a divergent view on the same issue or opposing positions.

The noise, for the last nearly nine months, from the event has been mainly on the Big Four.

However, now that the agenda is clear, the actions are known and the actors are getting into place, the focus is shifting onto the constitutional changes required. 

Tampering with the Constitution or the laws of Kenya is a delicate activity and requires political astuteness and a strong consensus building acumen.

This is probably where the handshake will be subject to the sternest test.

This is what we consider will be the big political focus in twenty nineteen.

The other highlight of the year as far roads are concerned is the announced return to the Michuki Rules.

Whilst the welcome the return of the Rules and the implementation has started in earnest, our prayer for twenty nineteen is that the starting momentum be maintained and we start working on the more basic and slightly more difficult mindset change amongst the public service providers a whose current behaviour is uncouth at the least.

They are the thought leaders as far as roads are concerned and we insist that they should be the first to be steered in the right direction – behaviour wise.

The other highlight in the year is the robust action that is being taken against the typical impunity we have seen in the government and its agencies as well as parastatals.

The sterling work that the Directorate of Criminal Investigation as well as the Director of Public Prosecution is beginning to get results even as they hit the usual headwinds of smart lawyers and heavily monied actors in the sector who have in the past believed that they can buy “justice” and get their cases compromised.

That era is coming to end and we wish that in twenty nineteen they will have the backing to continue as they have stated that they intend to.

The last highlight we would like to put on the table which is especially pertinent to the Coats, is the fact that the number of charters have gone up. In principle, the number of charters should equal the number of arrivals that have come to Mombasa.

This increase in numbers should translate – hopefully - into additional and badly needed bed nights

The main lowlight of the year has been the sluggish economy. The GDP of the country has been literally flat for a few years with a drop that happened due to the election uncertainties. 

The underlying indicators point to an economy that will only marginally improve in twenty nineteen.

As the President gets us to lay the foundation of the Big Four agenda we should work diligently to ensure that it is done at the best cost to the country without the added high cost of corruption.

So, for the old year, a good start to the many things that we hope will mature in twenty nineteen.

They year has not seen big results but has laid a solid foundation for a lot of good things.

We are looking forward to the New Year and wish that the efforts that have been started should continue in earnest.

Clean out the transport sector, get corruption in a stranglehold and stop its spread.

We also wish that corruption will be driven out of the way we work and the work started will be strengthened.

We also wish that the road building and maintenance programme that has been on going will be accelerated to catch up with the backlog that was created in the last twenty or so years.

So, let us all have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year

It will also mark a year in which one of the icons of the coastal scene will take a break.

It has been privileged for me to have been with allowed to speak through Coastweek for the many years it has been in existence.

More importantly it has been really great having the many of you that have been faithful to this publication which has graced the tables and minds of many at the Coast.

As Kachumbari says, from the ashes a Phoenix will rise!




Mombasa-Nairobi ‘Madaraka Express’ Is Now ‘Fully Booked’ For Bumper Festive Season At The Coast 

Kachumbari presents his 'second step' in the evolution of Kenya Public Transport 

Ink Had Barely Dried On Governor’s Pronouncement When He Had To Rescind His Decision On Matatus 

To Make Kenya A MICE Destination We Have To Improve Road Mobility 

Graffiti - A Great Feature of Matatus Is Being Replaced Gradually With Simple Caricatures 

The Relative Costs Of Road Safety In Kenya Should Not Be An Issue Or Even Discussed 

An Awkward Encounter As Diplomatic Air Hostess Sorts Out Difficult Mile High Club Grope Situation

People Always Look Around Them At Regular Intervals - Because That Is How We Are Made

Confused Clergyman Caught Up In Nairobi Self Serving Soap Drama ...

Road Planning Should Extend Beyond Our Borders And Into Countries Within East African Community

All Our Airports Disappoint In One Way Or Another ... My Biggest Beef Is The Toilets

Seat Belt Requirements Are Never Simply Gimmicks: They Are Potentially Lifesaving

Upgrade Of Roads From Both Mariakani And Mazeras To Kilifi Will Radically Improve North Coast Access Options

Drivers Are Living In Interesting Times With Return Of Boys In Blue Together With Their 'Breathalysers'’

Driver’s Worst Nightmare - Parking In Restricted Space With A Queue Of Hooting ‘Know Nothings’

Parking Dilemna: When The Lady Driver Decided To Go Ahead With What She Had Been Avoiding!

‘Safeboda’ From Uganda Has Been Recently Launched In Kenya After Very Successful Trial

Yes, Green Cities Need Trees And Plants But Watch Out What Happens With Roots

The Law Of Unintended Consequences And Unexpected Paternity In A Foreign Country!

Our Policy Heads Need To Fully Consider The Human Cost to Continuing Coast Demolitions

Corruption: Only Time Will Tell Who The True Sons Of This Nation Are?

An Unlucky Visitor Caught Up In The CBD, Hard To Find A Toilet

Business of Public Lavatories leaving a bad smell in the air

We Need A Radical Changes To How We Manage The Important

We Need To Completely Re-Examine How We Manage Our Public Transport

‘Boda Boda’s Done Right Could Be An Important Carriage System

Anarchy Is Never Solution To The Very Real Danger From Massing

Gazzillions - There Was Probably Some 100 Plus Million Shillings Involved Here

Where To Park Cattle, Horses, Donkeys, Yaks, Llamas, And So Forth ...

Most Drivers Treat Matatus With Caution And Daring Matatu Drivers Love This!

Even Seemingly Difficult Interventions Can Often Reap Welcome Results

Agencies Who Manage Disaster Need To Seriously Review Both Operations

Motorists Must Face Up To Dangers Of Submerged Hazards

Flooding: The Drainage Is Clogged - Most Have Not Been Cleaned For Years!

Creative Painters Have Turned Kenya Vehicle Art Into A Sophisticated Industry

Most Of The Coastal Tribe Of Matatu Is Of The 14 Seater Body Type

Matatu Apps. No Longer Act As Exhaust Brake Components

SACCOs were seen as a first step in getting sanity back

In Western: Matatus Driven Mainly By Function

Just Focussing On Enforcing Existing Laws For Six Months - Major Change?

My Adventure In A Busia Matatu On its Way To ‘Kisumu International’ Airport!

Some One Hundred Plus Officers Taking Bribes Were ‘Sacked’

Popular Slogan Harambee Is Always About Raising Money

Visitors Marvel At The Cleanliness Of Kigali City and even over Rwanda

Police Appear To Recognise Motoring Novices Breaking The Law!

Kenyan Traffic Bribes: System Should Begin To Operate Smoothly

Road accidents cost us three hundred billion Kenyan shillings yearly

Authorities Should All Jump In To Solve Driving Woes In This Country

Drivers Who Fail To Remove Road Rubbish Once Vehicle Is Repaired

Examination Methods Now Used To Teach Driving Needs an Overhaul

Most Sane Drivers Fear Every Time A PSV Appears Near Their Vehicle

Attempt To Level Playing Field During Political Campaigns Rubbished

Kenya Bus Service Went Bust Due Onslaught Of The Matatu Industry




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  This year’s rally will be
flagged off at Sarova
Whitesands on November
23rd and finish at the same
venue on December 1st.


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