29-06-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
Malindi tries to recompose itself for the possible return of tourists, at least the local ones, in July and August, but especially for the benefit of its residents, who have a physical and mental need to move in a better and functional environment.
So after the resumption of work on the waterfront road, which has been completed and will have to be equipped with a decent sidewalk and the completion of the rainwater drainage system, now the Government has sent the vehicles and workers of the Kenya Highway National Authority to repair the road from the Roundabout to the Police Station (Kenyatta Road) and begin to level the potholes on the Lamu Road, waiting for a possible remake of that too.
At the weekend a portion of the road was closed to traffic to allow bulldozers to work, although many undisciplined citizens tried to force the blockade, as if having a decent road surface was not a service dedicated to them.
The problem of the center of a reality like Malindi, which over the years has developed from being a village on the African coast to a town with more than 70 thousand inhabitants: it is unthinkable and unmanageable to have a state road (so-called highway, in these parts) that passes through the center.
For this reason, work has been resumed to level and pave the road that cuts from Mombasa-Malindi to the slaughterhouse, crossing the road to Tsavo and continuing in the direction of Mwembe Resort. HGVs that only have to cross Malindi, once the last stretch has been completed, will be invited to pass through there. Hoping that this is not just an invitation, but an obligation. With a city centre tailored to the needs of residents and tourists, therefore with less traffic and more walks (in view of the project and the financing of the World Bank, which in addition to the waterfront area has allocated funds to create pedestrian areas, such as Tuva Road) Malindi could go back to being the pearl of livability and splendor that it was until twenty years ago.
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