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Kilome Tourism Map

Mukaa District Tourism Map

Kilome constituency tourism map

Here is the Kilome tourism Map.

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Some activity places: click here

One location 3 mountain views (Mt.Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru and Kyulu Mts):

Where to stay and family activities? (click here)

 

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BioGas Digesters

Traditionally Kambas had large tracts of land, however as families expanded and traditional habits of sourcing cooking fuel persisted they are finding themselves with smaller and smaller areas to harvest wood fuel. It then calls for newer habits or alternative forms of fuel for cooking.

Many have moved to charcoal which is still dependent on trees, some have embraced kerosine as the only other “cheap” source of fuel. Charcoal has it’s health issues and uses more of the now scarse wood trees thereby making their environment dryer.

Bio gas has been introduced by NGO‘s and is thus seen as a complex and expensive item that requires them to get outside assistance. These attached documents dismiss this myth by showing how easy it is to get biogas materials and put them together at home.

kitchen waste biogas feedera) Is it a complex system?

NO!

here’s a simple 1 page explanation of how it works

Intro to biogas for begginers.pdf  (*click on text to download)

B) Can i make my own bio gas system at home?

YES!

All materials are locally available in hardware shops and supermarkets even in Ukambani. Joining items can be done by you or your high school children at home following the steps in the manual below shown in pictures.

Installation  materials and process (*click on text to download)

C) How to i get the system to start working?

Follow these next instructions:

loading dung and using the Gas instructions (*click on text to download)

D) How does my child learn to make biogas?

By downloading this class project : biogas_generators class project

E) Are there Teachers notes for supervising students learning biogas making?

Yes, here they are: Biogas Digester s classteachers questions

NB:

1. Biogas digesters are now being in town houses to generate bio gas using ‘kitchen waste‘ or in slums using the slurry drain water. In some homes and institutions the toilet is the feeder ie. human waste is a fuel for cheap gas.

2. Gas from biogas is now being used to generate electricity. The biogas feeder is fed on grass or other plant matter waste from farms, then the gas is used to heat water who’s steam drives a power generator(see diagram here)

*Hope this gives you all enough resources to share with your communities including schools to enable them teach children some of these basic technologies at tender a age, while giving them skills to earn a living providing this service to our communities!

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Mara in Kilome

I’m not pulling your leg or making up as what follows is factual to the end of this article!
Maasai Mara is world famous for its migration of animals annually (which you all know).
What most people don’t know is WHY the annual migration? and the answer to that is found in the Maasai name ‘mara‘ that loosely means dotted plains – so what?
A plain here refers to a ‘LaRGe’ grasslands with few trees here and there and that’s where the magic begins as species (even man) tends to procreate whenever theirs abundance of food for ‘young’ therefore making ‘maras’ special zones as mass breeding grounds for grass feeding animals, that in turn attracts other species during that season.
This cannot go on forever (its seasonal) as the grass and those being bred tends to make predatory easy, thus activity tends to be intensive making it an interesting spectre.
These grasslands have 3 basic habitats in all Mara’s I’ve seen – grasslands with scattered bushes, marsh area’s & bush n grass all working together to support the species that use them temporary or full time.

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Here’s ‘mara’ in Kilome otherwise famously known as Konza plains.
Breeding meaning mating, producing offspring, training or bringing up is temporary in all life systems after which the breed occupy other space, what remains permanent is breeding sites eg man will build a home to breed a family but spent days all over. Likewise animals have specific sites with ideal conditions for breeding we are referring to here as Mara’s, which they occupy for those short periods then move on.
Some species I’ve seen in Mara Kilome and visible daily are grants gazelle, kongoni(Harte beest), zebra, Wilde Beest(gnu), spotted hyena, serval cat, ostriches and the critically endangered grey crown Crane (Google redlist )

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Above we can see ostriches in the grasslands near hill opposite Konza Technopolis.
As breeding grounds are part of a larger system that species use it then begs what system does Konza serve?
Maasai Mara serves Serengeti and ngorongoro the rest of year hence it’s destruction may affect those two far away eco systems/money spinners.
Konza (aka Mara kilome) services the closest corridor servicing (northwards) Nairobi National Park that may house the human wing to protect them and (southwards) Amboseli National park.
What has been planned by those residing to the east and at the northern tip of the corridor?

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To the east we have the Kamba community that sees a lot of free open spaces where a city and housing can be put up. To the north Konza will be an information based city with a modern agriculture bufferzone. Just curious if the Parks in both the north and south are Premium Parks and consequences to communities to the west, north & south were we to loose them (food for thought).
Did someone say African countries all have Wildllife but the world visits Nairobi NP because it’s the only one bordering a metropolitan city in the world? Could Konza have been the 2nd in the world?
Which is cheaper to put up & maintain – modern agriculture/buildings or taking Tourism from animals that freely choose an area? Again makueni county/ information based city are making information based decisions.

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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Ever been here?

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Kyandui

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Mango trees that produce 2 species in Kilome

As you can see the mangoes on the right are more rounded than the left, while those on left side are green skinned while those on right are reddish skinned!

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Slicing up the fruit reveals a fleshy juicy fruit with the legendary ukambani sweetness!

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In Kilome there are 5(five) mango species locally known as
1- ndii
2- ndungu luma
3- munavu/kutu wa ingoi
4- ndoto
5- kasukali
..and they ripen in that sequence between Months of December to March
However the fruit sizes are normally small to medium, with the sweetest [Kasukali ie ‘ka sugar’] having a large seed and little flesh.
So how are these farmers managing 2 or 3 species on one tree as seen in this shop table?

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(Visible between/behind the carrots and mangoes is the normal size small mango fruit.)

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The traditional mango trees that spread their branches wide out are being trimmed

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and where the branches are trimmed new shoots sprout which are then grafted as below

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*What potential does this hold for agro farming, commercial fruit production, fruit juices & jams industry, agro tourism and agro education?

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Wierd Spider in Kilome

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I’ve seen many things but this – NEVER!

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What caught my attention was it’s constant SHaKinG of it’s head and the luminous light blue colour the head became as it shook it!!

*Enlargement of head
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Do these figures Make sense to Kilome People?

Concepts are good, as what we use daily was first dreamt on by someone then made into reality.

OUR Dear City:
Project Cost:7 billion US Dollars to create 200,000 jobs

Average cost of Job :7billion USD(cost of city) divided by 200,000jobs =USD35,000 x ksh80 = ksh2.8million spent to create 1(one) job
Can somebody show me exactly how this job will create back Ksh2.8million plus interest on this borrowed money?
~ Ksh 4billion+ released through budget allocation since project began, visible on ground is a fence, launch plaque, and about 3metres of wall next to it.
~ Did I hear of law passed requiring 10% of tendering go to youth? 10% of 4billion is 400million Ksh, which youth received any of this?
~this 400million would provide 20,000 households within Kilome(that is every household/family of kilome) with personal 27,000ltr dams each within their shambas for irrigation (see example).*A concept done and working in kilome! That’s how to modernize agriculture ukambani…
*kilome has 19,631 households according to Kenya Bureau of statistics
*25% of total cost of city would give EVERY homestead in Makueni county, Machakos county, Kajiado county & Kitui county a greenhouse and a 125,000 Cubic metre dam each!

POINTS TO CONSIDER ABOUT PROJECT:
1. When you go ‘IT’, you eliminate boundaries as internet is worldwide!
Where as manual jobs are local in competition, IT opens up competition with the world ie over 2billion IT users worldwide – Have we prepared our people for this?
2. We expect to earn by companies operating here. They pay through 3 basic taxes
-Corporate tax minimum 30%(companies here have been exempted ie Not paying)
-Stamp duty minimum 2%(Companies here have been exempted)
-Vat 18% (Duty free for imports for business).
Where will country earn money to pay back this loan with No Taxes Paid?
*A business person will aim to import as much as they can to avoid tax on purchases!
3. When ‘development partners’ give loans most is for consultancy which they either provide themselves or push for their own to get. They have done superb +ve business in their books, we have to pay back plus interest, where are we earning in this picture?
4. The word ‘Jobs‘ is easily understandable though locals are now asking where they will fit in the class of Jobs according to standards set and here’s why
– most have never had electricity in their lives. I walk 2kms to charge my phone + 2kms back home as electricity runs mainly along main roads here.
– The city is IT based ie ‘information relayed via information technology’. *I personally have NEVER heard/seen a primary/secondary school in the whole region that is Internet Connected!
I went to Ministry of information to enquire about access of region to the fiber optic National Network that’s said to run through the center of Kilome along the main road (mombasa rd). Answer: we are yet to make last mile connection(5yrs later?)
But there is connection via Mobile Networks? First mobile phones are illegal in schools(therefore mobile internet ‘X’ through educational institutions), secondly I personally have attempted to update antivirus software via modems within the region very Unsuccessfully, beyond 20MegaBytes networks start disconnecting!
– So the city is IT based and it’s residents/neighbours are IT illiterate because of lack of access to Electricity & Internet connectivity. Therefore when Jobs become available ‘In the City’ they mostly will go to outsiders who are IT literate.
*Big question here is how we are preparing our citizens for this facility
5. Bufferzone for Konzacity is earmarked mainly for ‘modern agriculture’. Good, because most locals are farmers.
*BUT what no one is saying is who will teach the locals this modern agriculture, and who will foot the bill to teach? and if they are to be taught will they abandon their present shambas to practice it at Konza?

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