Oyugis- Kendu Bay Trip on a Problem Box | Homabay County
Kendu Bay is really close from Oyugis but the Probox operators or is it” Problem Box” as the locals call it make a killing by charging Ksh150 fare for the 20minute drive from Oyugis. You will be squeezed into the small car which can fit up to 15 when correctly “mixed”, by the way mixing is a term used by the operators to mean carefully optimizing the space in the vehicle so that more people can fit in. The person doing the mixing is normally done by a stage conductor who does the fitting since the driver always disappears when he has brought in new passengers and reappears when the vehicle is full for the return trip. Don’t be surprised when you are fitted with four people in the front section even forcing the driver to drive most of the way with one arm outside the vehicle since his driving space has been invaded by a passenger. If you are the type of guy who knows his rights as a passenger, you better not start airing your opinions to these operators since you will end up being insulted so just shut up and bear through the journey.
On your way you pass through Kosele , a small centre that some years back used to serve as Rachuonyo’ administrative centre and Kendu Bay “Gendia” Mission Hospital. There is nothing much to see through the way and the road is a rough road which means during the rainy season it can be quite a bore. Kendu Bay or should I call it New Kendu Bay is located along the Katitu-Homabay road, the term new Kendu Bay came to be when the highway was constructed a few years ago forcing businesses to shift from the old Kendu which was much closer to the Lake to tap the opportunities that come from a highway passes through it. There are a couple of shops around that serve mainly the highway and the residents. I proceed to old Kendu Bay and for sure it looks like a ghost town. Most shops are closed with some looking to have been neglected over the years some almost collapsing. No much economic activity in the town so I proceed further to the pier which I find is no more activity though I find some young men harvesting hyacinth weeds, as much the weed has been a menace to many people around the Lake Victoria region people have also found ways of making it useful especially in making furniture. At the Lake Victoria shores are also fishermen who go about their business but on the look of things fishing is done here on a small scale mainly for subsistence. Near the shores also is a National Cereals and Produce Board warehouse which seems to be really in a bad state from the look of the poorly maintained structure. Interesting thing though in this area is despite lack of any significant economic activity, the road is well paved up to the Lake shore with a power line. The small town also boasts of a significant number of Muslims, I noted two mosques and numerous schools and projects named after Islamic words.
One thing came clear after this road trip; the area needs a serious overhaul if it has to compete effectively with other Kenyan towns.
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