Nairobi's city centre is no place for ladies
Its streets leave no room for elegance and etiquette
They say that for a woman to be regarded as a lady then she must act like oneâ€“true. However, the environment must also nurture that kind of growth.
ButÂ Nairobiâ€™sÂ CityÂ CentreÂ fails to offer a conducive environment for ladies. Its streets leave no room for elegance and etiquette.
Only recently,Â CityÂ Hall sent a delegation to a benchmarking trip in Kigali, Rwanda. Did they learn anything?
Take for example the state of our roads, most of them lack designated crossing points for pedestrians. Even where there is one, motorists will ignore it. As a result, here is what applies when crossingÂ Nairobiâ€™sÂ streets: Look left and then run to the middle of the road as the speeding matatu misses your by a whisker then look right before crossing the rest of the road.
In between, however, one still has to watch out for boda-bodas that zoom from all directions. The other challenge is the congestion in theÂ cityÂ centre.
To walk from Koja Mosque bus stop to downtown AfyaÂ Centre, a lady has to manoeuvre through a whole lot of people including pesky parking boys, menacing street boys, beggars and unruly hawkers. It is enough that our roads are too stressful to manoeuvre through, so when rain is added into the picture, a lady will shed tears.
No wonder ladies carry two pairs of shoes-a high heel for office and a rough pair for the streets. When a lady finally makes it to the bus stop, then she still has to push through the matatu door in disorderly bus stops. If the county truly wants to improve theÂ cityâ€™sÂ environment, then they must look at the solutions from a ladyâ€™s point of view.
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