Lakini why is treasury failing to pay these fuel subsidies? Wanjikū and I are on the receiving end because this hoarding of fuel by the gas stations is only adding to our list of unending problems. First, it was cooking oil prices, now it’s gasoline shortage. Si watengeneze engine ya maji ngaenda hapa Thiba na pipe ngaeka maji.I remember those days when traders would hoard sugar, at least bado gatubia would come in handy. Now travelling is mostly gasoline powered. I’m here asking Wanjikū which way do we go now, me and her and I haven’t got an answer yet coz she too is dumbfounded.
I wonder if we should go back to the good old days when route 11 (footing) was the way to go. Back to those days when Sammy Muraya wa Waire was singing, ‘thiī na magūrū, thiī by buti.’ I remember a day when I trekked from Nyeri town to my home in Kahiga village a distance of 16 kms. After finishing my A levels, my old man coerced his cousin/ friend to employ me in his bookshop in Nyeri town. I was earning 2K and feeling very richness 😂. One evening I had to go home to grab something I can’t remember what. I didn’t have a dime to my name so I only did what I knew would take me home; push one foot ahead of the other. Determination was fuelling me and I walked and walked and walked. Let me tell you Maina, I walked. I didn’t want to hitchhike coz you know I’m no relative of that Beatnik guy, Jack Kerouac. Also I didn’t want to be the sacrifice in some occult festival. You know the way they’d scare us about getting lifts from strangers? My two feet endured the long walk past Rūrīng’ū, Skuta, Thūngūma, Wambūgū farm, Gatitū, Gwa Kīgera, Kwa Mūrungu onto our Mississippi cotton picking delta town and finally to Kastone. Country roads sure took me home, but by the time I arrived, I dropped dead on the bed and only woke up when they mentioned food.
I wonder if I’d be able to cover such a distance today. But who knows about our spirits; they only need to be provoked. Stop provoking us.


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Born and raised on the picturesque slopes of Mt Kenya, Nyar Kaheti is your girl next door vibe kind of girl. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to country music among other things.

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