10-09-2019 by redazione
The new market of Malindi is real, now they have to think to manage it in the best possible way.
Every renewal, restoration, improvement that concerns the deep south of Kenya is always hoped for, dreamed of, promised more times and only sometimes realized. It happened recently with the hundred kilometers of road that connects the town to the entrance of the Tsavo National Park and many have shouted at the mortal sin of having taken away "the poetry of Africa".
We should ask the young mothers of Shakaola or Malanga who today no longer die with their children of post-natal infections, during the journey on the dirt road, with its drawbacks, to the hospital in Malindi. Because asking all those who are no longer there is not possible.
The same thing could happen at the sight of the old market of Malindi, a historic crossroads of colorful shacks overflowing with tropical fruits, vegetables of all kinds and spices. Shaky rotten wooden planks, plastic or fabric tarpaulins as a cover that can hardly keep the rain, narrow and shady tunnels with uneven paths between coral and mud. Undeniable that all this has been a tourist attraction for many years, but today, especially if a few meters away there is a traffic from the city and Malindi is quickly galloping to the hundred thousand inhabitants (almost 400 thousand in the whole district) is almost a paradox.
So, let's not forget the romance, a few weeks ago we showed the inauguration of the new structure whose completion was now expected for more than a year. Cutting the ribbon and the first sellers settled inside, in the covered space. All the "precarious" who still pay the County a license, will instead be placed in the open court behind the structure that replaced what was already there, while behind everything there is the new building that will house all the others who previously had the kiosks in the streets inside.
The freed outdoor space will serve as a parking lot, hopefully freeing the road from double row cars and streamlining the traffic. As always, some kiosk owners didn't believe it or hoped that it wouldn't happen and saw their shacks half-demolished. But with African philosophy they have already begun to move in. "On the road I used to sell more - says a "mama mboga" who cuts sukuma wiki from morning to night - they stop with motorcycles and buy it on the fly, ten shillings and so on. Now I'm afraid they won't pass by anymore...".
You get used to everything, Mama Mboga, just like you always did...don't worry.
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