accident victims - reckless abandon vs reckless abandonment
This Nation article is of two accidents, in the first reported accident, the victims are relatives of high profile personalities. Even as I wish them recovery from their injuries I am unable to turn away from the fact that that these young fellows are quite friendly with one another, and were injured coming from one party in all probability headed to another driving some fairly decent vehicles. Luckily the victims managed to get assistance and access to medical facilities rather quickly and hopefully they are on the way to a quick recovery.
This is quite in sharp contrast to the fierce relationship or rather acrimony of the political supporters of their relatives playing political power games who even today are ready to kill each other at the drop of a hat. The supporters are hard working citizens barely able to put food on their table let alone own a luxury car to flash from "partey to partey"
Which brings me to the second accident mentioned rather low key in the second part of the article, this involved some IDPs (ah yes the very same political supporters or victims of the senior relatives mentioned earlier). These were a group of people bunched or huddled together into a probably not so luxury government vehicle, ostensibly headed to inspect a possible new area to relocate and resettle. Note that these IDPs have been living in deplorable conditions with poor basic hygiene.
In this accident one of the IDPs tragically lost their life. We neither know his/her name but we (thanks to the media) can probably list all three names, dates of birth, favorite pets, etc of the first set of victims.
I Owe You vs Let me Awe You
In this other Standard article we get a chance to look at understanding that if MPs were to pay their taxes, they should remit 200,000 a month instead of 60,000 a month. Kudos to the MP for demonstrating steadfastness.
In contrast lets break this down by comparing to another well known but largely inconspicuous group. Teachers. After agitating for a 200% increase almost 10 years ago in 1998 (yes during Moi time and probably long overdue) which was agreed to be implemented over a 10 year period the current total wage bill is about 75b a year. There is about 500,000 teachers. Therefore on average each of these educators interacting ¾ of the year with, and shaping the minds of the future (sometimes called leaders) of Kenya earn about 150,000 a year. Yes people, these teachers earn in a whole year far much less than what an MP should remit in taxes for a month. In fact to be exact, the balance of tax due from the MPs (140,000) per month, which they are refusing with, is the amount a teacher earns a year. And there is 200+ MPs
The contrasts or ironies are many and these are but a few examples. These contrasts would in all fairness be understandable in free enterprise where professionals, entrepreneurs and businesss compete and prosper. However, a significant number of these actors are perhaps suspiciously fairly close to the (offices, corridors, kitchens, etc of ) public coffers.
Let us pay more attention, to how over the years, we have let way too many issues, slowly get uncontrollably out of hand and lets begin, difficult as it may be, to work collectively towards fixing what we can. Let us properly honor and recognize the trades and skills that will steadily help build this nation, return integrity into the institutions meant to serve us, and restore pride in the many skills, talents, trades and professions so widely prevalent in Kenyans, while at the same time work to curb the fiduciary / pecuniary excesses of public officers/figures and institutions. ..... just a thought .....