Ujirani App – Digitizing Nyumba Kumi Initiative

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“Sorrow is better than fear. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an arrival.

When the storm threatens, a man is afraid for his house. But when the house is destroyed, there is something to do. About a storm he can do nothing, but he can rebuild a house.”

― Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country



My Beloved Country Kenya……why do you let your children die?

I have tried as much as possible to talk about tech alone in this page – no politics, but my heart cries when we lose 147 innocent bright Kenyans in the act of terrorism. These are our future leaders, our future Doctors, CEO’s, and most importantly; the children of God. Am not a Religion Scholar so I won’t even try to understand/explain why terrorists use Islam as their protection for heinous acts.

Let me talk about my favorite topic – TECH.

Ujirani App – Digitizing Nyumba Kumi Initiative in Curbing Terrorism

First, this is not a new app. Ujirani App was launched sometimes late last year 2014 but as far as am concerned, no one knows about it in my neighborhood. In fact, forget about this app. I have never seen my neighbor (to my immediate right and left) since I moved in to this apartment, that means I don’t even know their names nor their professions. And I am sure I am not the only one. Back to tech!

Ujirani is an android app that help solve the cases of insecurity and emergencies in a community by bringing together people in a certain community digitally, similar to government’s initiative of knowing at least 10 of your neighbors.

According to the founders, this app that can be accessed through free download from android play store is anchored in three principles: Simple, Social, and Secure. The chairman/admin of a group in a certain community downloads the app and create a group. After which, he/she will invite other members of the

community to join. This members will receive a notification via text with an app download link. The members then download and install the app. The members will be able to join the group and share various information and events under that group.

Also, once the group is registered, the group admin can choose the service providers they would like to work with; e.g. ambulances, fire fighters, security firms, etc.

One big plus for this is that it doesn’t have a limit on how many people should be registered (not restricted to 10 individuals) and it is so fast that if you raise alarm your neighbors and service providers will be alerted immediately. Also, there is a report incident button and when pressed, one is able to make a free call to their service providers.

How I wish that the government could push for adoption of such technologies/apps that helps achieve their initiatives as well as improve the livelihood of Kenyans both socially, security wise, as well as economically!


“The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.”

― Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country