Being a regular traveller between Eldoret and Nairobi; I have come to appreciate how businesses build communities.
Eldoret has so many shuttles. North Rift (my preferred), Eldoret Sacco, Eldoret Crossroads, Great Rift etc.
These shuttles has connected Eldoret and Nairobi in very profound ways.
Why I bring this story is the saddening situation of transportation to Luo Nyanza: I here mean Kisumu, Migori, and Homa Bay.
Travelling in comfort is our lifestyle; yet we do not have shuttles that we call ‘our own’.
Look at Nya Ugenya. . .A sick old grandmother. Look at Daima Safaris. . .already in her menopause.
During elections, including the last one, many people stayed with their votes in Nairobi because of lack of vehicles going home. The highland inlaws and our cousins in Rift Valley are said to ‘deliberately’ rested their vehicles.
Our region has stuck for far too long. As I said not long ago; Luos must ‘own’ important factors of production to see the importance of power.
We must identify with our vehicles, our saccos, our schools, colleges and universities; we need our media houses to run and manipulate; we need to build our real estates, build our industries, and have our own start-ups.
We Luos cannot be content with our present situation. It sickens me.
I need to get to town (Nairobi) and pick a matatu, shuttle, I am part of. We used to have Lolwe Buses and OTC, but they ensured it all died.
We used to grow cotton. They killed that too. So yes we got demoralised and begun, out of need, consuming their products. However, we cannot continue. We must create again, we must produce.
To us Luos; devolution should be so person. Our leaders must prove to the country that it was the system; not the people, that killed our region.
A lot of talk is going on about ‘wasteful expenditure’ by new county leaders. Some are legitimate; some only add to ‘their’ usual slanted coverage of Luo Nyanza.
We Luos must rebuild Luo Nyanza ‘block by block, brick by brick calloused hand by colloused hand’.