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September 29, 2019

BLAME GAMES…

‎‏28th September 2019. It is truly a tragedy when lives are lost due to negligence and even more painful when it's the lives of innocent children. Earlier this week, a wooden class structure at Precious Talent Top School on Ngong road in Nairobi collapsed leaving 7 dead, 64 more injured and an entire community desolated. [caption id="attachment_16277" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.nation.co.ke[/caption]   When asked the reason behind the collapse, the school Director blamed it on the construction of a nearby sewer which he says may have weakened the foundations of the building. On further inquisition on whether the school was meant to be there in the first place, Alfred Omenya, a Nairobi Based architect said it was not and went further to describe it as a "disaster waiting to happen" - weak foundation, weaker walls and a concrete slab placed on top to add an extra storey. Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie blamed the disaster on county and national governments saying that they had left the people of Ngando to their own devices. Education Minister George Magoha said he was sorry for what happened and promised to take action after investigations were completed. [caption id="attachment_16276" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-africa-49794067[/caption]  

The parents, neighbors and concerned Kenyans not only want to see someone take responsibility they‍ also want justice. They want resignations, arrests and criminal charges. They want some sort of assurance, albeit incomparable to the loss, that this will not happen in future.

A week before this incident, a class seven pupil from a school in Nairobi went viral on social media, and for all the wrong reasons - using unpalatable language in a video that he shared online. This sent Twitter into a frenzy. The young boy received a lot of criticism and many parents even demanded that he be suspended from the school. Of course, and as expected, there was a lot of blame game going round at this whole time. Majority of the people blamed the internet/social media and a book (banned after the incident), that is said to have been part of the curriculum but had vulgar language. Parents and teachers also got a share of the blame, for the decaying morality of todays generation. Politician Millie Odhiambo however, in a very commendable Facebook post wrote:

"There is a video of a young boy speaking very badly doing the rounds on social media. For the childs sake, please do not share. Consolata School please do not suspend him despite pressure from parents. He is a child in need of care and protection under the childs act. Get him and the alleged bullying kids into counselling. As for the parent/s or guardian, get your child off social media.no need getting him to apologise to the public. You are making it worse. I wish him well. He is still evolving. With proper guidance, he will turn out alright. If you are a parent, be sensitive. Am sure if it was your child, you would wish the video is not shared. Let us not through eagerness to appear concerned harm that boy. What he did was wrong but he is a child. As an adult you are in effect turning to a cyber harasser of a kid."

The events of this month have been a wakeup call for many Kenyans, and leaves a lot to ponder For how long will we remain quiet in times of adversity? For how long will we let our people perish due to negligence as we stand on the sidelines? For how long will our children be victims of internet/social media obscenities? As Kenyans let us not be so quick to dish out our share of blame! Let us each take individual responsibility when we see cases that need a call for action! Let us be the change! Let us set a worthy example for the generation that looks up to us! See also: Reasons why many buildings in Africa collapse

Written by, Vanessa Nzioka.
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Mother Teresa Academy – Past Project

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