Over the month of October, watching news in kenya has been the equivalent of a serialised horror movie. every day there is news of a grisly road accident, a couple of people going blind due to drinking toxic concoctions in the name of alcohol and fuel pipelines incinerating slum dwellers.
The Sinai slum tragedy has claimed over a hundred lives. Information has leaked that it could have been avoided if the right measures like evicting the slum dwellers, fixing a faulty seal in the pipeline and proper deterrence for stealing fuel were implemented years ago. But ofcourse politicians would hear non of this seeing as the voter gravy train would grow alittle thin if the slum was moved to say the next constituency.
Almost 200 people die monthly on Kenyan roads mostly due to negligence and drunk driving. Some accidents are so grisly and cost so many lives that even the president attended a burial in Mwingi due to the sheer loss. barely a week later a similar accident on the same route claimed a similar no.
Tales of drinkers going blind due to drinking some illicit brew are fast becoming regular such that its no longer news. This is even beyond the fact that a law was enacted recently to control exactly this kind of behavior.
To date no one has resigned, been suspended,fired or arrested for being responsible for any of the above tragedies. In my view this cheapens the lives lost to some sort of collateral damage that is acceptable.
When does it end?