Unhappy birthday as City of Nairobi  turns 119 years

Aerial view of the Nairobi, Kenya's capital city. The city turns 119-years-old this week. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Slums have mushroomed in the city and today we have more than 200 such settlements holding more than 2.5 million people.
  • Urban planning is alien to the city and it operates without any master plan.

  • In place of an organised transport system which was in the 1948 master plan has emerged a nightmare of matatus and boda bodas.

Some 119 years ago next week Nairobi was born — not as a town but as an obscure railway depot; the only flat place remaining for the railway engineers as they prepared for the complex climb up the Rift Valley escarpment.


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