Do We Learn From Our Past Experiences?
We have this common Kiswahili adage, “Ajali haina kinga” which, directly translated, means, “there is nothing to stop an accident from happening”. Could our subscription to this adage be the reasons we easily take it in our stride as tragedies kill our people endlessly, year in, year out?
It shouldn’t be like that. This adage is only meant to console those who are contending with a loss of one kind or another. Otherwise, accidents are >>>
avoidable. Yes; we often expose ourselves to unnecessary danger for sheer lack of concern for safety measures.
Too many people die needlessly on the roads because of speeding and drunk driving. There are a lot of Kenyans, young and old, behind the wheel but they shouldn’t drive, for they haven’t trained well for the task.
We have drivers on the roads who don’t have the necessary psychological maturity to face the challenges of handling a vehicle. For instance, the behaviour of many of those who ride the bodaboda, that is, the motorbike taxis, is, in mostly cases, outright suicidal!
If the traffic police were to apprehend every culpable bodaboda rider, they wouldn’t be left with the time to do anything else.
Kenyans have continued to die in both air and road accidents and so far we seem not to have a solution or strategy in place to avert a repeat of what has befallen us so far.
In virtually all the air disasters, there have been indications of incompetent crew, mechanical faults and bad weather .And of course, overloading for all road related tragedies!
In buildings that collapse and maim or even kill people; fingers are always pointed at sloppy engineering, non-adherence to construction guidelines, quantity surveying,quality of materials and disregard of professional advice.
Despite government noise that people should not live in flood-prone areas like Bundalangi , nobody seems bold enough to take the bull by its horns by way of relocating Kenyans in the prone areas.
At least 64 people died when floods hit Bundalangi last year and survivors, evacuated at the height of the onslaught, are reportedly back.