Road accident deaths dramatically increase whenever the country is about to go into a general election. Why? How can it NOT be linked to politics?
Driving along Mombasa road at night a few days ago was a blood curdling experience like no other I have had in recent times. Luckily the car I was in was being driven at a slow speed by a very sober and extra alert driver. Several times we had to leave the road completely and venture into the bushes to avoid colliding with an oncoming overtaking vehicle which usually happily speeded on as if nothing had happened.
To have a fighting chance of survival on Kenyan roads you need to drive not only for yourself but for all the other road users you encounter.
More than 3,000 people die every year in a most horrible way on our roads and Kenya is widely recognize as having the most dangerous roads in the world. Road accidents kill more people than tuberculosis and malaria. If you are terrified of death, forget about cancer or even being killed by gun totting thugs. Instead fear Kenyan roads and with good reason.
As tragic as all this is, it is really nothing new. This has been the situation in our banana republic for a very long time now. Some would say a reflection of our society, the arrogance and impunity rampant amongst us perhaps?
But why is it that deaths on our roads ALWAYS, ALWAYS increase dramatically just before we go into a general election? Examine all the statistics for as far back as you can go and you will always see that sharp hike just before we go to the polls.
Most of my dear readers are smart polished Kenyans who will never buy an old wife’s tale. They are so intelligent that they do not believe that witchcraft exists. It does not matter that history tells us that London had a very serious witchcraft problem early in the 19th century or that the good book also acknowledges the existence of this evil.
I am not here to convince you about anything against your will. But consider the following;
- Assuming that it is true that many politicians running for political office visit witchdoctors who need human blood sacrifice to make potent charms…
- Assuming that the most common way of getting this blood is to set “traps” on roads and cause accidents, the bloodier the better. The blood is then drunk by those blood-hungry spirits that release the power.
- If all this is true then we as a country are in very serious trouble because there is a record number of elective posts up for grabs this time round. More than we have ever had before. Governors, senators as well as more MPs than ever before. Which means that the blood traps will increase in number and the result will be more deaths on our roads than we have ever seen in our history.
I have just realized that as hard as I try, I always have to write this stupid post every time there is a general election around the corner. See a similar post I penned in 2007.
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