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Walili – the alternative source of meat

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Kili view from kilome

Kilimanjaro from kilome ©muokikioko 2017

Is Kilome being turned into a concrete jungle?

Konza farm and it’s neighbouring society farms have been divided into 7-10acre and commercial plots. That’s Machakos to almost Sultan hamud approximately 70 kms of planned housing (ie consumption of stone,cement and sand! ). What value does ALL this consumption add to the region? Cement makes 2 or 3 firms richer, while sand is exploitative destroying local river beds while living local youth poor and bitter.
This area is rich in natural plains wildlife (natural resource) that requires little investment compared to housing and nature maintains itself. Why replace what is natural and free with concrete? What economic sense is there in all this?
Lets look at Business Outsourcing through IT on which the planned City is based on. Outsourcing comes down to 2 things – Reliability/Dependability and Cost. Reliability is dependant on Integrity and internalised structures, while cost is dependant on availability of iT hardware/software, power costs and reliable competitively cheap connectivity to internet.
All smart phones, ipads, etc are mobile computers with internal modems ie computers are down to 8000/= to 100,000 dependent on internal processing power. That means with an Ideos I have both hardware and software in my pocket ALL the time. All I need is connectivity which I get as long as telephone networks are available. I I’m then be able to work wherever I want – on the roadside, in bed, under a tree, hut,Turkana… at this point my only huddle is power to charge my garget. Option is solar or cheap electricity both of which are NOT dependent on a city’s availability. Structures are dependant on systems set up for delivery mainly done by companies. They may need a building but those working for them need not be physically available thus reducing costs to the business owner and small offices are thus required. This may explain why ALL ICT cities are sparsely populated (ref; TV images) – unlike the ‘Artists Impressions of our city!
The last component connecting them is internet connectivity, it’s reliability and costs.
Now this is where NO single person has said anything meaningful. What are our(KENYA’s) country’s costs compared to ALL other countries worldwide providing outsourcing services – connectivity, labour, electricity and integrity?

Let’s look at housing:
Where will all these people to live in this housing work if the IT offices need not be big? Where is the infrustructure to support ALL this housing – sewage, water, electricity, roads, …other than that provided for in Konzacity masterplan for the city ONLY! How many of these Kenyans will get contracts and jobs to build this infrustructure? Are we able to even provide the same for the small towns around this area that already exist? Salama town  that sits on the main water pipeline to supply ukambani piped water has water availability issues.
The other talk I hear on TV is that it provides an opportunity to  correct low cost housing in Nairobi as Kibera costs about 800 million an acre. Kibera exists due to an economic reality – cheap labour for our local industries in Nairobi. We will provide cheap rail transport – a rail line runs through kibera, but for the employment to make economic sense to the workers they seek residences from which they can WALK to and from to access jobs. Will they walk from Konza or pay for a 40+ km journey if they can’t afford to pay for a 4km journey?
Can someone place on the table the ACTUAL Environmental Impact Assessment  done for turning this zone into a concrete jungle!
Clearly this whole plan is informed by ‘A Land Speculator’ who’s asking  people to gamble so that he/she will make money immediately irrespective of the mess they leave behind or economic losses that result from housing without businesses to sustain their occupation locally(or can someone show me the activity locally that will provide jobs to pay for this housing, in turn pay loans taken to buy the land and build the houses).
This zone is rich in Kongoni Antelope(HarteBeest) visible even from mombasa road. Walk along Koinange street or Muindi mbingu street in Nairobi and ask ANY tour driver parked there, the only other two zones known for such Kongoni numbers are Mara and Samburu each 200+ kms away. These same plains have been in International news recently for a ‘Spottless Cheetah’ a very rare phenomenon last recorded 100+years ago(ref link). Cheetahs depend on open plains game.

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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Wildlife Park in Kilome

Located just 60kms on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, directly opposite the proposed ICT city. Easily identified by this small cornical hill

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that always has wildlife visible even from the main road

Set to become the worlds 2nd Wildlife park next to a metropolitan City but owned by Konza Ranch as a prosperity for the families of ranch members.
They will be tapping into Corporate guests from Konzacity, international guests using Mombasa highway going to far flung parks like Tsavo.
A 6 star premium lodge set for the hill top(owned by konza ranch) will be leased out to earn members dividends. Camping and picnic sites will be marked for extra revenue.
A Kamba cultural center is also envisioned where the community will showcase their culture complete with ‘a traditional Kamba village’ as well as providing them with a place to sell local craft made by Kenya’s most skilled curvers and weavers – The Akamba!
Tapping into domestic tourism for day to day income revenues from schools coming to see impala, eland, ostriches,… campers paying 200/= per head per night and park entrance fee being premium $70+(approx ksh 6500/=) per foreign guest per day entry. It will complement Konza city as it enhances the environment of the planned buffer zone, while giving room for others with land parcels boardering to join in creating a ‘green zone’ where they can earn $’s from Carbon Points.

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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Kukumanga(Kamba), Dhalum(swahili) in Kilome

Over the last 20+ years, I kept hearing of ‘kukumanga’ fruit as a high sexual stimulant especially amongst the Akamba community. I’ve finally come accross it in Kilome hill’s. Does it work? Let our sisters of central province tell us after giving their unperforming husbands(sic). Meanwhile the Kamba’s are said to know their duty[lol:)] One glass of it’s juice is said to cost 200/=

kukumanga, fruit of asia, five fruits of israel, medicine, tannin, elite fruit

kukumanga, fruit of asia, five fruits of israel, medicine, tannin, elite fruit

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Introduced to Kilome by Missionaries who set up Kenya’s first missionary center there. Parents plant it(sic) and happily feed their children with it, women are all too happy selling them to children. One father forbed me touching any of the bushes(trees) near my place saying his daughter eats the fruit! (I thought I was clearing a thorny bush).

kukumanga in the market

kukumanga in the market

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Promagranate/Pomegranet – from pomme garnete ie “seeded apple” or chinease apple”
Thought to be the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden for the obvious results(above or ref: –more detail here). It’s origins traced to Asia (Himalayas to Iran) and considered as one of the ‘fruits of Israel’. Featured in Old testament (Deut 8: 6-8)and Egyptian Mythology. Carried accross deserts for it’s thirst quenching Juice.
uses:Eaten or drank as juice fresh, used for making jellies, in cold & hot sauces or to flavor cakes. Syrup sold as grenadine(commercially), juice also made into wine and fruit used as a decorate in fruit baskets amoungst the elite.

Medical uses: juice yields citric acid & sodium citrate used for pharmacetical purposes. Juice also considered beneficial in cases of leprosy. Bark & roots contain alkaloids like iso pelletierine that are active against tapeworms(overdose known to produce muscular weaknesses). Bark, leaves, immature fruit & fruit rind given as astringents to halt diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhages.
Other uses: Both tree and root barks contain 10-28 percent tannin content that’s used in leather tannin. Rind and flowers yield dyes for textiles, while the straight stems are hardwoods used in the making of walking sticks and crafts.

Other names:
Sanskrit – dadima, dalim
Persian – dalim
French – Grenade
Italian – melograno
Thailand – tab tim

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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Basket weavers in Kilome

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To order custom made colors or designs +254727844815

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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168th Bird Species recorded in Kilome

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Terrestrial Brownbul became Kilome’s 168 bird species siting. Seen in the images above is the Terrestrial Brownbul, purple grenadier, bare eyed thrush, common bulbul, the Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu, yellow fronted canary and black faced waxbill

*now 170 species

*All images are subject to copyright laws & lawsuits under the new international copyright laws!

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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