Mombasa's time bomb
06 February 2012, 12:08
As you drive along the streets of Mombasa and along the
highways, one thing that strikes you is the population of idle youths seated on
pavements and either smoking, chewing qhat or just engaged in petty politics
which they know less about.
My survey reveals that the large number of idlers is as a
case of illiteracy and the lazy attitude towards work as any other visitor to
the coastal town will see. As a result of this, poverty and crime within the
town is at its peak.
Another problem is the population of street families and
beggars who are creating havoc to motorists and visitors creating a poor image
of the tourist destination, a cry that has been echoed by the Mombasa and Coast
tourism Association and the Mombasa hotel keeper's Association.
To a first time visitor, the town creates a very poor impression
thanks to the gaping potholes and dirt lining the highways, streets and town
centre all the way from the airport.
If all these are not checked then this is a time bomb
that is waiting to explode and it will be a herculean task to tackle.
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