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Should we go on strike over a bridge?

12 Sep

The weatherman has made his predictions / fore-cast,,,,,, as its known. Kenya is again going to witness another season of continuous heavy rains; Eli-nino is the word going round. A name that reminds me of the hard times.  The last time we saw a rainy season going by that name was over ten years ago. If what we saw back then was to be repeated, I’m afraid not much would have changed in the number of victims.

Those who can remember the headlines back then all looked similar. Rains Wreck Havoc… Havoc as Ngaindeithia- Bridge is washed away…havoc as Farmers lose millions as produce rot in farms..  Perhaps the new Thika Road and a few improved bridges will come in handy during those times, but this is just too little to take to the bank.

 During the last rainy season which was far less in comparison to Eli-nino rains; KweKwe and Acacia Seasonal rivers both on Magadi road, claimed the lives of over five people; swept a number of vehicles-with the very lucky occupants surviving by the grace of God while those who were not as lucky were found hundreds of meters from the scene; minus their precious lives.

Residents of Kiseria and Rongai demonstrated and even blocked the road for hours. That morning four bodies were retrieved from the seasonal river, The area member of parliament assured them that that the ministry concerned would quickly fix the problem. But as soon as the rains ended so did the promise, the frustrations or whatever the area resident were feeling at that time.  Nobody is talking about the bridges today;- not even the aspirants vying  for the Kajiado north parliamentary seat.

I normally pass by the bridge almost every week as it falls on our route 126 that goes to Kiserian Township. If anything, Kwekwe River has become even more dangerous; so much waste and vegetation’s have choked the tunnels that are supposed to keep water out of the tarmac and the soil deposits have raised the river to the same level with the road. This means one thing; when the waters come, the road will be naturally closed. Naturally because we will blame the rain water; and spare those who are supposed to have fixed the problem by now.

Another option is to call a strike by all matatu drivers who use Magadi road and demand that the government allocate funds for the construction of this two very essential bridges.

This option as it stands today, does not work in Kenya; the teacher’s strike has entered the 9th day today and I don’t think the Government is going to do what they really want.  The educators should never have gone on strike; Why not? Because Perrier to that; we had this myth like believe that teachers know all formulas of solving problems. {May be its only in arithmetic.} I’m starting to look at them with suspicion. I believe this was not the best option; but I hope they reach an agreement and go back to class.

I’m not a teacher and I don’t want to pretend that I can feel what they are feeling but one thing is for sure; They don’t really care about our children and if they teach them with the same attitude, we don’t have much to expect from the free education. A survey should be done to see how many of this Government employed teachers take their children to private school. It won’t be surprising to find out that only small fractions have their children under the free education system and 80% of those are in areas where there are no private schools.

There is talk that the Doctors are also going on strike; the lectures also. I guess the problem is not even with the government it has something to do with our Education and is affecting the educated. – contamination kills teachers and doctors– so goes a kikuyu saying.  May be there is a bug that is biting the learned. Next it will be the advocates and judges and then the end will come.

Enough with the strikes back to the bridge; Our former member of Parliament who also happened to be the Internal security minister had promised to fix the problem before the next rain season; but unfortunately he will not be around to keep the promise and since we don’t yet have a representative in the August house-not until after the by-election we will have to survive the season praying that it wont be another eli-nino. I appeal to our honorable Government to look in to this before they allocate funds for building a monument to honor professor Saitoti at the site of the chopper crash.

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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Its life, Matatu matters

 

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3 responses to “Should we go on strike over a bridge?

  1. Mwangi

    October 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I was in Kiserian not too long ago and my goodness the place has changed. The last time I was there which was many years ago, it was a remote outpost with very few residents. Now it is hustling and bustling with SO many people going about their business. I have an affinity for the place as I used to live there but have since moved on. Keep up the good work and be safe out there. Remember you carry many precious lives on every trip you make and we are all thankful for you delivering them safely.

     
    • wambururu

      October 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

      Thanks a lot mwangi. Kiseria is growing really fast but you should see Rongai township; traffic jam starts at 6am and last till 10pm. it is like everybody owns a car nowadays. soo many new houses; Almost every BANK has A BRANCH HERE; MAJOR HOSPITALS- biggest names in kenya entertaiment; divisional police headquater and much much more.
      I always put safety of my customers first no matter how fast or how many rules i break. wakenya wako na imani na sisi. keep this links for more from the matatu industry.

       
  2. Mwangi

    October 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for your response. I was a little confused by your comment…”I always put the safety of my customers first no matter how many rules I break”….???? The problem that exists in Kenya is that rules (traffic or otherwise) are not enforced. The traffic rules are there in the books but sadly that is where they remain. I commend you on being proactive about getting your fellow co-workers organized in the matatu business. I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

     

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