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Kismayo roars back to business under KDF - 2 weeks ago, 09:34

Wainaina Wambu

In Kismayo town they hoot loudly, overlap, pick and drop passengers in the middle of the road causing nasty traffic snarl ups.

It is hard to imagine this sea port city was ravaged by war some years ago. Businesses have gradually picked up and public beaches are filling up again.

Only an encounter with the peacekeeping troops reminds one that beneath the veneer of tranquility, the enemy still lurks.

Kismayo has a new airport named Sayid Mohammed Abdule Hassan Airport after a Somali liberation hero. On the way to the old airport that was abandoned after the Al Shabaab were flushed out, the streets are bustling with commercial activities.

They are even Mpesa shops and in the afternoon, Khat vendors fill up the streets.

Solar powered lamps light up the road to the seaport. New buildings are coming up and work is nonstop at a nearby quarry that produces ...
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