06-07-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo
Good morning, let me introduce myself: i am the ideal candidate for Malindi at the Kenya Parliament in the upcoming national elections.
First of all I want to point out that I do not belong to the majority, that is, to the party of President Kenyatta and his ally Ruto, the Jubilee, or the opposition represented by an alliance led by his challenger Raila Odinga.
Not having any staff against them, let's mean.
I am also Kenyan, but I am opposed to tribalism, which in my opinion has always prevented this country from growing socially and culturally.
I understand that our story begins with villages, families, and tribes; Which is a story made of descent, somatic traits, different dialects.
But is not that so in many other nations in the world?
So, as far as national politics, foreign relations, economy, defense strategies and multinational agreements are concerned, I can not advise anyone, not even two professional politicians like Uhuru and Raila, also because I do not have the ambition to apply to the Presidency of the Republic.
What I'm interested in is doing the good of Malindi, so I want to talk to my heart, even before the brain, of my constituents.
But I want these words to come to you too, "mzungu" that many years you live or attend Malindi, who work for so many of us and often help us improve our living conditions.
Kenyan brothers, do you realize which paradise are we living in?
Of course, we have always been poor even though once we were poor without clothes on it, without even shoes and today we are poor with the smartphone, the internet tariffs and the Chinese motorbikes.
But our land is our heritage, which has always attracted tourists, grows fruit and vegetables, grazes animals and is always beautiful to see.
We want to talk about the sea, with all the fish just having a boat and is it free?
And the climate is so enjoyable?
Think if we had the temperatures of Eldoret, or Meru ... we would be cold in our casks without chimneys and with thin walls, with our makuti roofs.
And tourists would not see it.
We must together have to think about protecting and treating our environment, because it can make us live better and at the same time earn more money, indispensable to get together together from poverty.
So in my intentions, if I will be elected, I would first like to clean the streets and pitches from dirt and latent dirt.
Malindi is one of Kenya's historic towns, is a destination for tourists and of global interest, is sad and counterproductive for the whole country to see it in a semi-abundance state.
True, we are in Africa and one can not expect to radically change things.
But even in Kigali, in Rwanda, they might have thought about it, and if you see it today it is cured and clean, although it is not a seaside resort and tourism like Malindi.
To do this, it does not take a lot of money, just a garbage collection service, which would, among other things, give jobs to so many unemployed people, and a European model waste scraper.
Meanwhile, if I am elected, I will build sidewalks and roads as it should, with flower beds and pedestrian crossings.
In Nyali, Mombasa's vacation vacations, they did, because we can not do it too?
I would then like to put the harbor area in place, which is also the oldest and full of suggestions of the entire coast.
Here Vasco Da Gama landed and here is the Arab citadel of Shella.
Have any of you seen Lamu's homonymous neighborhood?
Lamu's Shellae has been designed with alleyways and narrow lanes, with an elegant pavement that maintains the Swahili idea that belongs to the history of our coast.
Following that example, the Arab part could become a jewel and allow so many shopkeepers who are now struggling to keep their business open, and to have an economic rebirth.
I imagine a neighborhood like Stone Town in Zanzibar, with many bazaars and craft shops, spices, perfumes, fabrics, sandals and more.
Lamu Road, the modern and commercial part of the town, with its banks, European bars and nightclubs, will need sidewalks and parking lots, lighting and security.
Here you will have to convince the government to invest, as well as finally complete the international airport.
We will also have to act fast enough to streamline the major road traffic arteries that, month after month, is becoming increasingly chaotic.
For years it has been said of the "by pass", a tangenziale that from the airport area cuts the city outside to go out before the Sabaki River.
You could ban the TIR and the big trucks, as well as the buses to the north, to move from the town center.
These are all things that a local politician alone will ever have do.
But if we start from simple things, embellish Malindi and make it more hospitable and appetizing, even institutions, as well as private subjects, will realize that they will have to point to these places and act accordingly.
By making the first move, I do not despair of finding sponsorships for the projects I have in mind.
For the local population, one should think about making the suburbs livable, ensuring primary education to all, and if this is not the case at national level, at least do so here.
Also not to have to see in our streets young children who beg for alms.
Just as one of the things to do is regularize the beach boys.
The beach workers can become a craft as another, if regulated and carried out in a respectful way for tourists.
Bamburi was done, why not us?
Our beaches are a very important common good and must be constantly monitored, cleaned and kept in order.
I am sure that if a local politician or an administration began to see actions and goodwill, so many foreign tourism operators would do their part, giving us a hand.
For this reason, given the good example,
I would like to form a sort of alternative city council to the county, made up of all the people who have been living or living for a long time in Malindi and are holding this place.
To do this, if you choose my dear fellow citizens, I am willing to devote half of my future parliamentary salary to be the first to show that things can be improved together.
Here's what I'd like to do for my little town, the place where I was born and which allowed me to become a man and to try today's political adventure.
You can tell me that I am a dreamer or, worse, that I'm juggling you and that once I earned the parliamentary salary I will not do anything I promised.
In fact, there is only one thing that I'm sorry and for which I can not do anything.
The fact that i, unfortunately, do not exist.
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