The Giant Tusks – Historical Land Mark in Mombasa

Tusks in Mombasa
Tusks in Mombasa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mombasa City

Is the name Mombasa new to you? If the answer is yes, then here is a short description of the place:

Mombasa is a major coastal city  in Kenya – famous in the tourism circle. It is the second important city in Kenya after Nairobi. Mombasais also the largest modern port in East Africa.

But most importantly, the name Mombasa features very prominently in the world history – it is this coastal city  that was used as the headquarters when the Portuguese and the Arabs occupied and ruled  these parts of East Africa in the 16 – 18th century.

The monument tusks

Having described this famous city  Mombasa, when one is visiting, and happen to drive or walk along the main street to the port of Mombasa, called Moi Avenue, (used to be know as Kilindini Road), one will not miss to see the extra ordinary  ‘ elephant tusks’ (man made of course). The two pairs of the crossed tusks stand astride the dual carriage way Moi Avenue.

These structures are the ceremonial arcs built in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll . It is a famous land mark in this city.

The erection o this monument must have some connection with the death of the Queen’s father in 1952. The Queen happened to be on a visit to Kenya, (not in Mombasa), when she received the news about her father’s death

Condition of the tusks

What prompted me to write this article is the poor state of condition these metal structures were in when I recently walked along the Mombasa Moi avenue.

The metal structures showed corrosion (rusting) occurring on the lower sides. Large indentations can also be seen on these lower parts apparently  caused by vehicle accidents. The locks to the manway covers on the bottom sides are missing making the inside accessible  the street children and other irresponsible citizens who throw debris in these parts. These dirt cause rusting of the metals when dump.

Why I wrote this article

I wrote this article mainly to create awareness.

I believe that the article will raise concern among those who care and value preservation of history for the benefit of the future generations.

It is also my intention to remind the local authority charged with the maintenance of such important monuments to be more vigilant.

I must also remember to thank the British and American navy personnel who from time to time in the past spent their efforts and time repairing this monument whenever their war ships   called at the port of Mombasa.

Lastly, but not least I feel privileged having mentioned in my blog an event connected with the name of her majesty The Queen on England.

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Slum Upgrading and Land Rights

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English: slum (location ?) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Slum upgrading – the Kibra  case

Slum dwellers all over the world see a different world from the rest of the people. Their world is not as perfect –  it is somehow  upside-down, inside-out and confusing.

These people live below poverty line. The live under pathetic condition with little or no basic human needs, health, sanitation, piped water etc.

So governments and other non governmental organizations come up with the bright idea of upgrading these slums to uplift the living conditions of the dwellers.

So what is slum upgrading?

Slum upgrading (SU )is a process through which informal areas are improved, formalized  and incorporated into the city, such that all essential  city services by the local government are extended to the slum area.

Normally it is essential and very important that upgrading planning and activities re undertaken with the participation of all parties – residents, community groups, business and local authorities.

However, one key element in these processes, which makes a lot of difference is legalizing or regularizing properties and providing secure land tenure to the residents. This will make the people in the sum safe from eviction and who will also enjoy long term stability.

In such a case, the concerned authority, which is the government, is in the process, essentially “upgrading the community”

This notion is especially very important to the residents of Kibra of the Nubian origin, who have rightfully claimed the Kibra land from the national government . A land which was given to them over one century ago by the then British colonial government.

Incidentally, during one of the many consultative meetings between the Nubian Community representatives and the government authorities, a term used by one of the members of the government representatives was found to be improper. The “what if” phrase used was in bad test and was rejected. ” what if the other communities in Kibra  object to the idea of giving back the land to the Nubians ” , should not be entertained by the government  side. The government ought to come out firmly and decisively on this issue – in favor of the rightful owners of the land  of course.

Stop politicizing the issue!

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Street Children Dilemma

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Paradise Lost!_Street Children_Indonesia_02 (Photo credit: henri ismail)

Street children

The Kenyan Coastal city of Mombasa has become a heaven for street children in the resent years. These children come from various parts of Kenya. Their numbers are increasing rapidly and they have become a great security risk in the city. Those who came to this city in mid 90’s are now grown ups, homeless and jobless.

The term ‘street children’ is used for children experiencing homelessness and who primarily reside on the streets of a city. This kind of living being more less a more permanent state for them.

These children differ in age, gender, ethnicity, social class, and  have had different experiences throughout their life times.

The causes of their misery are varied but are often related to domestic, economic and social disruptions in the families, including, but not limited to poverty, breakdown of homes and/or families, and political unrest.

What kind of life do they live?

They have no any kind of basic sanitation, no running water.

They have no descent clothing, they wear rags.

They have no food or drinks.

These children in street situation are especially vulnerable to violence and abuse. They are denied access to education and excluded from any kind of basic needs.

Menace to society

These children harass passersby by begging and pickpocketing.

The streets in the city, where they ‘live’ are filthy with litter and smelling bad due to lack of sanitation.

They cause damage to environment, and theft, especially of car parts and other petty thefts have increased significantly.

Most of them use drugs like cocaine and become drug addicts at very young age

Public reactions

Due to the above reasons, the public reactions to the street children has been harsh because they are seen as public menace. They are therefore subjected to verbal and physical abuse and even harmed in some cases.

Rights of children

Rights of the child is a moral claim to a specific standard of treatment that others must obey and respect. These are laid down in the UN Convention on The Rights of Children – a legal document that sets out a comprehensive series of rights, social, economic, cultural and political – to which all children are entitled.

Therefore, having said the above, the public ought to realize that these children, who are in an unfortunate situation, are protected by the law and should be careful when handling them.

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