Seeing bird of Ng’ethe is to partake of repercussions of your deliberate wrong doings. Birds of ng’ethe have been seen by many people in many different situations but where birds of ng’ethe are seen the most, is in construction.

DO NOT: Start your project without a financial plan. As much as you may walk by faith and not by sight, quantifying your dream into costs of services, materials and labor is even written in the holy texts. Luke 14:28-30; Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This man could not finish what he started to build.’ (Bless his word). If you fail to plan, you plan to fail and you will not need spectacles to see bird of ng’ethe.

DO NOT: Think you are the brightest bulb in the chandelier by trying to ‘use cheaper materials’ in your construction project (That your neighbors have not used). Look, your neighbors are not that stupid, they actually love penny pinching like you do. Get contextual solutions for your fantastic design. If you think your neighbors are dumb and you are Albert Einstein’s academic mentor, be prepared to see bird of ng’ethe.

DO NOT: Do your plumbing without an ‘inspector’ who is independent of the plumber- preferably a plumbing/mechanical engineer. This is where birds of ng’ethe have been seen by at least 90% of construction projects in Kenya. You will never hear anyone complain because they know they took shortcuts but decide to suffer in silence. If you think you will do plumbing on your own and believe everything your plumber tells you, please throw away your telescopic lenses because you do not need them to see bird of ng’ethe.

DO NOT: Experiment. Feel free to experiment if you are not on a budget. If you are on a tight budget, use all that is tried and tested. Get registered consultants, use age old building techniques. If you have strong conviction on modern technologies, use the manufacturers’ architects to do the design for you. Don’t abuse that niece/nephew of yours doing a diploma in Architecture so that you can get a free architectural plan and so that (s)he ‘can get experience’. If you think your construction site is a laboratory, get ready to see very many birds of ng’ethe.

DO NOT: Compete with your neighbors ‘who will build the cheapest’. People lie about how much they spent on a project. And if they do achieve whatever they claim, they won’t mention about the nature of the quality of their finished product. These FB streets are packed with pseudo-consultants who say blatant lies, but as humans, from a cognitive-evolutionary perspective, we want to believe lies naturally. Seek value, not cost cutting; failure to which, unlike Bob Marley’s 3 little birds, your 3 huge birds of ng’ethe shall perch at your doorstep every morning and they will not be Singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true, they will be Saying, “This is my message to you” Singing, “Please worry about a everything, Cause every big thing is not gonna be alright.

DO NOT: Fall for abnormally low-priced deals. Value is just that, value. Buy your materials from well-known distributors and suppliers. Also, read about supply and demand, anything in the famous ‘ANNUAL SALE’ from suppliers is really dead stock or what people didn’t like na ‘zinajaza store’. If you buy tiles at 100 per square meter, have your eyes wide open to see a flock of birds of ng’ethe pupu through your chimney.

DO NOT: Listen to everyone. This is the biggest cause of developers seeing birds of ng’ethe. Have you ever listened to people giving advice on relationships? How many opinions does one get? If you want an accountability person, they must start with your right from when you have a first meeting with your architect. Anyone who does not know your project history should be banished from your site; failure to which, you know what bird you will see.

DO NOT: Use internet plans. Especially those from countries in temperate zones. (UK, US, CANADA etc.). Ever seen a khoisan in an Anorak? Or an eskimo only clad in a loin’s skin? We were all gifted with neurons that make us make sound cognitive decisions, let’s stop disgracing the human race. Use of such plans is the surest way to start a hatchery of eggs that will become birds of?