‘Kiu’ the historic town of Kilome

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kiu railway town

Kiu is kilome’s historic town! Set along Nairobi – Mombasa railway line just 14 kilometers from Mombasa road. It was originally the communications hub for Kilome residents, all mail was collected from this station upto independence of Kenya. It was also the source of trade and supplies from both Nairobi & Mombasa(Kenya’s capital and the port of Mombasa), and European Missionaries used it to set up their first ‘Mission Station’ in Kenya at Mukaa, Kilome hills. Originally dominated by the ‘Dukawalla’, ie the Asian Merchant, the town is a pale shadow (see video) of the once vibrant town it was though not for very long as the Asian Community have started revisiting their roots and are keenly watching developments at Konza just a stones throw away. With the towns setup as a supplies hub still intact to date-all it needs is an active railway line to kick off as an import/export hub and major trading town cum human commuting station!

Why was this town called ‘Kiu’, and what does it mean in the local dialect Kamba?

Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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