This morning I chose to to check out the Miritini station. I couldn’t believe my eyes , travellers were up queuing as early as 6.30am for a 9am trip .
The following need to happen pronto
1. Please get the online booking happening like yesterday. Please spare us the ceremonies ie launch date etc. Online booking and payment via Mpesa buses were doing it close to a decade now . If anything someone slept on the job. Get it working while you can have your ceremonies at your own pleasure
To my fellow Kenyans meanwhile buy your ticket in advance. I asked on site how many seats are remaining and they were hardly 230 yet the queue looked more than that which means many will miss a seat what a waste of time. Not nice at all.
What about the lack of shade from the elements, suppose it starts pouring, in projects management we must always keep in mind FUNCTIONALITY
2. The SGR station was under construction for the past 3 years , did we just wake up to realise that a road is needed for accessibility?
These are the sort of things that make Africa ( Read Kenya ) look bad. We attend the best schools and many attend ivy league universities then work for govemermt, travel more often and they see the best in the world but when it comes to being proactive we fall face flat. What execution do these guys learn in school / university?
I believe it’s lack of passion in what they do and lack of sense of urgency . Many behave like they have 36 hours in a day.
The chosen contractor is only making an already bad situation worse . He has left mounds of murram to look busy yet he has relegated an already narrow road to a useless single lane that gets clogged .
Why are we NOT opening the port Reitz access road for those heading to the station ? It is mortorable.
When you are behind schedule you work 24/7 . Ngong road in Nbi a bigger project is progressing faster than the road leading to Miritini station. It’s all about the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing and bottom line is lack of accountability.
3. Traffic police / NTSA / county traffic marshals get to work early enough to control the impatient truck drivers using the same road as they try to avoid the Msa Nbi road after Changamwe roundabout.
4. Well looks the happy guys for now are the TukTuks and Boda Boda ferrying passengers who are trying to beat the gridlock. It’s good they are earning a living, I am happy for them but a world class station that is meant to ferry a 1200+ passengers cannot depend on motorcycles for drop off. I am sorry it does not work this way.
Talk of a grand beautiful project badly executed when it comes to process mapping .
Kenyans are excited and happy about these huge project let us NOT allow a few officials to sleep on the job. I am sure my piece will reach the relevant officers and their superiors. World class is not attained on paper, you have to execute the same on ground.
As always I remain an optimist but this is a complete let down by the relevant authorities. In private sector you get FIRED, you are shown the nearest door to exit.
Kenya Coast Tourism Association