Celebrating 50 years in tears
23 September 2013, 13:37
It's now 50 years after the Republic of Kenya gained independence from the British government and this was a year of jubilation. However, as we prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary since independence, Kenya is in tears. This is the year we have experienced the worst calamities such as the increased road accidents and the most recent one-of-its-kind siege at Westgate mall.
It has been reported that most cars owners and bus driver do drive recklessly in an effort to overtake others on the road while others are victims of drunken driving. Some also drive cars which are not well serviced.
Just after election and acquiring their new positions in the government, nothing much has changed as the MPs still sleep in the parliament and represent their own self interests, leaving the electorates to rot in poverty and insecurity.
The only achievement they have made so far is fighting for higher pay even before they started working. These issues raised alarm forcing activists to come out with their fists ready for a fight in order to protect the interests of the electorates. They decided to 'occupy parliament' and ashame them.
Strikes have also formed a key component in the new Jubilee government. The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) was the first, followed by county workers and then medics. Now, the students and pupils are paying for the mistakes of their teachers.
On August 7, Kenyans woke up in rude shock of a razing airport. A huge fire ravaged the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi leading to massive losses in terms of tourist arrivals and revenue. Goods in transit to other countries for export were destroyed and Kenya Airways' shares also dropped after the incident.
Wildlife has also been abused by a few individual, threatening our elephant and rhino population. True patriots have launched campaigns to help save Kenyan wildlife, including the Save our elephants and cycle with the rhino campaigns. This has also been a major blow to the economy of the country.
And as time goes by, things are getting really tough for Kenyans after the implementation of VAT bill 2013. The 16 percent Value Added Tax tax that was passed by the parliamentarians does not favor Kenyans at all. Citizens have to toil so as to afford a meal while the jobless youths opt to engage in crime to gain their daily bread. Women are also at risk of losing their handbags as frustrated youth find means of earning a living.
Things seem to be getting hotter as terrorists have decided to take over the city. It’s like we just jumped from the frying pan into the fire. After the 1998 blast that targeted the US embassy on Moi Avenue near the Co-operative Bank House where over 200 people lost their lives, the terrorists are at it again.
This time shooting shoppers and holding some hostages at the Westgate shopping mall, which is one of the largest shopping mall in East and Central Africa. With 59 lives having been lost so far and at least 175 people injured at the incident, it only adds insult to the injury.
These issues have already spoiled the mood of Kenyans who are approaching the 50th anniversary in tears. Kenyans are now mourning the loss of their loved ones and innocent lives, even as the going gets tougher in these harsh economic times.
As a nation, we hope all shall be well and our condolences go to all who lost their loved ones in the recent wave of bloodshed including Saturday's Westgate Mall attack. May their souls rest in peace.
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