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Mombasa residents decry poor state of roads

Bamburi is where Mombasa’s working population reside. It has prime residential areas, most social amenities and home to Bamburi Cement. From the city centre, Bamburi is accessible by two roads, the better maintained Mombasa-Malindi highway and the dilapidated Kisauni-Kiembeni road. The Kisauni route is every road user’s nightmare. There have been works on the route from Siwatu towards Bamburi by ...

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THE TUM CULTURAL WEEK

The Technical University of Mombasa just concluded cultural week is an annual affair meant to showcase the diversity of the institution’s members and their various cultural backgrounds. Far from encouraging negative ethnicity, the events carried out throughout the week are geared towards uniting the many communities at the university by encouraging each to learn about and understand other cultures. The ...

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Fear Dampens Easter in Mombasa

Easter is one of the seasons when Mombasa springs to life. Visitors from all over Kenya stream in to enjoy some sun and sand. For a week or so there’s a mini boom in the city that is felt by all businesses. For a few days residents learn to live with traffic jams, crowded restaurants and a packed beach. However, ...

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Will Going topless salvage Kenya’s tourism sector?

She did not tell people to go naked, that is what Senator Emma Mbura says in her defence. The story has spread like the legendary bush fire. Nominated Senator, Mbura allegedly asked women in the coastal region to go topless so that more tourists can visit the region. This has raised questions as to what the value of the coastal ...

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Run, hide, fight. Fight?

When I was at the local yesterday, the news on TV as has been recently was about Garissa and the atrocious attack that took place there. Everyone watched quietly and when it was all over, an elderly citizen ranted angrily about people being armed in order to fight back. In his view, it was unacceptable that each attacker killed about ...

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Pictorial: A peek into Lamu

Lamu County is an important cultural and heritage place in Kenya. Due to it’s importance, the entire Lamu Island is a protected UNESCO heritage site. During the Easter Weekend, Lamu held its inaugural Food Festival. An event that drew visitors from far and wide to sample Lamu’s culture through its food. This unique event comes at a time when Lamu’s ...

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Mombasa residents throng Mshikaki Street Festival

The fifth edition of the Mshikaki Street Festival took place on Saturday 6th of April at the Tusks on Moi Avenue, against a backdrop of fears of another attack by militant terrorist group,  Al-Shabaab. Some people were of the view that the fete should have been postponed. After all, the nation was in mourning after the terrorist attack in Garissa ...

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Swahili Box, new tech hub in Mombasa taking shape

  In about 4 months, Kenya will have a new tech hub in Swahili Box. A place to bootstrap start-ups, work, share knowledge and create. Here technology, networking, business and art will thrive. Swahili Box looks out to the Indian Ocean in the vicinity of Fort Jesus and Seacom’s landing point. An old building at the Swahili Cultural Centre will ...

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Is Mtwapa Kenya’s Sex Hub!

Mtwapa has over the years been dubbed Kenya’s sin capital. Lying just 15km outside Mombasa City this is the place people go to party and have fun. Mtwapa is alive at night; young women bickering, children begging, men cat-calling at women,  and music blaring from clubs announcing the dawning of party morning. There are ‘organizations’ of sex workers and anyone ...

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Do Governors care about Corruption?

  When the President called for all public servants mentioned in corruption scandals to step aside, there was as expected a lot of reactions. Cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries have already stepped aside to be investigated. Kenyans in general welcome this action albeit with some cynicism having seen people “reinstated” after stepping aside in previous regimes. Corruption is the monster ...

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Changamwe Residents weigh in on Infrastructure Projects

In a recent announcement, Mombasa County Governor, Ali Hassan Joho said that residents will witness major infrastructure expansion that is to take place between now and 2016. It will be an ambitious project that will see hundreds of residents in the Changamwe constituency evicted. However he assured that those affected by that move will be compensated. This eviction will be ...

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Blood Stains Old Town of Mombasa

Tragic events recently dampen things around old town and obviously negatively affect the livelihoods of people relying on tourists to that area. An emerging trend of killers shooting people at point blank range and vanish into the alleys has worsened the security outlook in Old Town Mombasa. The Old town of Mombasa is a magical and historical place. It is ...

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Women Techmakers in Mombasa Meet

Women entrepreneurs, designers, developers and technology enthusiasts in Mombasa came together this past weekend as the Women Techmakers Mombasa event held at  Jaffery Institute on 28th March. The event was powered by Google Developer Groups (GDG) Mombasa whose theme for Women Techmakers””2015 is “Connect.Create.Celebrate” . Women Techmakers is a Google initiative for women leaders in technology and hopes to inspire ...

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The Likoni Ferry Conundrum

Likoni Ferry

The Likoni channel connects Mombasa Island to the Southern Mainland and is serviced by 5 ferries; MV Mvita, MV Kilindini, MV Nyayo, MV Harambee and MV Kwale. This channel is at the center of not just differences in turf pitting the national government and county government, but also recurrent breakdowns which anger locals, delaying movements of goods and people. In ...

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County Government slammed as rains pound Mombasa

  The long awaited rains are finally here and as has been the case in the past, Mombasa county especially the Island, is one flooded mess. After just a day of rains, the drainage situation leaves much to be desired and life in some places has been brought to a halt. It’s so disappointing to see how the roads are ...

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