Letter from Africa: Why Kenyans never quit

A throng of onlookers collect adult an deserted shoe during a stage of a Precious Talent Top School fall in Nairobi on 23 September.Image copyright

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Residents find a rejected shoe during a site of a propagandize fall that killed 8 children

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In a array of letters from African writers, Kenyan publisher Wahiga Mwaura says heads contingency hurl when comfortless events happen, nonetheless really few officials seem to be hold accountable.

The word “winners never quit and quitters never win”, coined by a late American Football actor and manager Vince Lombardi, could also report a genius of many Kenyan polite servants.

Not a partial about being winners though rather about never quitting – generally when disasters occur underneath their watch.

Kenyans have been angry by dual tragedies in a past fortnight that many would determine were preventable and ought to have led to resignations.

As we write this, divers are being despatched to Kenya from South Africa to hunt for a bodies of a 35-year-old lady and her four-year-old daughter in a Indian Ocean.


Just over a week ago, a span had been travelling on a automobile packet in Kenya’s bustling Likoni channel when their car slid off and sank with them inside.

It boggles a mind how this came to pass, deliberation that any vehicles aboard a packet should be entirely cumulative before it can set off.

It is probable that a motorist done a mistake. Nonetheless there should have been a reserve devise in place and divers on stand-by. But there were none.

To supplement insult to injury, a packet association went on to wish everybody a “blessed and cultivatable day” on a amicable media pages after that day. It hurt many Kenyans.

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When a supervision of state-owned Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) finally spoke to a media on Monday, they stranded to an uninspiring book about rescue efforts, though did not speak some-more about collision prevention.

As yet, a bodies still have not been recovered from a sea.

The never-quit opinion of those in assign of a packet services is not rare in a republic where polite servants strut around like ambassadors clearly with tactful immunity.

Sadly, there are other examples.

A fortnight ago, eight children were killed when their propagandize building in a capital, Nairobi, collapsed during morning lessons.

This occurrence during Precious Talent Top School, a private day propagandize in Nairobi, stirred inhabitant and county governments to open into action. In standard fashion, they dangling several officials and systematic a dispersion of other feeble built schools.

Media captionRescuers attempted to transparent waste during Precious Talent Top School in Nairobi

But nobody seemed prepared to ask a tough questions: Who could have prevented this disaster in a initial place? What about common responsibility?

What we saw was finger-pointing between regulatory agencies, a internal MP, a county supervision and a inhabitant government.

And since a relatives of a children who died seem not to have a financial means to find critical authorised redress, a whole occurrence was quickly brushed underneath a carpet.

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Wahiga Mwaura
Kenyan journalist

When a privately-owned Patel dam detonate in western Kenya’s Solai city final year, during slightest 44 people were killed.

Politicians were discerning to demonstrate their outrage, and a Water Resources Management Authority mouthpiece pronounced the dam had been built illegally. The farm’s manager denied any wrongdoing.

More than a year later, no supervision officials have mislaid their jobs and nobody has been convicted for a deaths.

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And who will cry out for a 11 involved rhinos that died final year after a botched relocation try from Nairobi National Park to a country’s biggest inhabitant park, Tsavo East?

According to Kenya’s market-leading journal Daily Nation, a parliamentary cabinet forked an accusing finger during Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala, observant he should take full shortcoming for a deaths.

But a apportion denied any wrongdoing, and upheld a sire on to a agencies that concurrent a relocation.

I could bring nonetheless some-more examples to infer my argument, that in Kenya nobody in management takes shortcoming when things go wrong.

Until burden becomes common use a common cycle will repeat itself.

Social media romantic Phillip Ogola once aptly prisoner a response of politicians to a disaster as follows: “Rush to a scene, succour families, present items, emanate a tough statement, form a commission, wait for another disaster, repeat above”.

Hopefully one day that will change.

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