How Nairobi sank into filth as graft held sway

Workers from Nairobi City County’s Department of Environment sweep up dirt at the Kencom bus terminus stage on March 19. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • There is a thin line between hope and despair, and Nairobi has straddled that line for decades as cartels robbed it dry.
  • Now a soldier is attempting to bring order to it, and he basks in the glare of the blessings of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
  • Can he undo the damage?

On a cold Nairobi morning a few weeks ago, Maj-Gen Mohamed Badi led a mixed team from the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and City Hall on an inspection tour of the city. In South C, residents had for years complained they were not getting piped water and were being forced to buy the precious commodity from vendors. City Hall, however, kept insisting it was pumping water to the neighbourhood every week.

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