Sinai Fire: Let’s Be Focused

I’ll keep this very brief.

I understand that a lot of you are quite angry about everything going on with this Sinai disaster. Yet again the government is failing the people. The poorest among us lose their lives to negligence as the number of dead is constantly being massaged by authorities to downgrade the severity of matters at hand. Blame is being shifted. Responsibility isn’t being taken. And certain opportunistic bastards are busy selling graphic images in hopes of finally making a profit off a disaster that’s already cost the country even more lives. And if that’s not enough, there are other crises all across the country.

Trust me I’m as angry as you are about all these and more.

But let’s be focused. Many lives have been lost. Many still need help. Donate blood, food, whatever you can and save a life. The rest of these cockroaches can and will be dealt with in due time.

Let’s make a change where we can.

That is all.

6 thoughts on “Sinai Fire: Let’s Be Focused

  1. Well In. Its sad that the people are the ones affected due to both negligence, ego and arrogance of not to mention BUT POLITICIANS!! in the name of looking cool and seen as representing the people, people’s lives were put at stake!!

    Secondly the media – NO WORDS!!! its a shame to publish such a picture esp on the front page!!! SHAME on US KENYANS!!!

    We clearly and surely are better than all of this. We are better humans and should not take advantage of a situation.

    Lets rise together – lets join hands!!

  2. Well In. Its sad that the people are the ones affected due to both negligence, ego and arrogance of not to mention BUT POLITICIANS!! in the name of looking cool and seen as representing the people, people’s lives were put at stake!!

    Secondly the media – NO WORDS!!! its a shame to publish such a picture esp on the front page!!! SHAME on US KENYANS!!!

    We clearly and surely are better than all of this. We are better humans and should not take advantage of a situation.

    Lets rise together – lets join hands!!!!

  3. the USA have a policy on the sort of pictures they will allow about their dead.. and this mostly was to propagate that they are “invincible” that they are Gods among Men. This changed after their misguided foray into Somalia when we saw 6 of theirs dragged/lynched in the streets of Mogadishu.
    There is a point im trying to make. Among the myriad of feelings we have about the Sinai Fire and sadly the many other disasters that WILL befall Kenya-maybe, as misguided and commercialised as the Media may have been publishing those pictures – maybe.. this is a good thing! We need to be shocked!
    People, come on! Who are we fooling really.. this.. and what is coming for us in the future.. is coz we have become SOOOO apathetic. We dont have a disaster preparedness programme, the coffers have been emptied by our politicians.. etc etc.. i mean i could go on and on.. But to what end.? Sadly Sinai is a sad situation.. working in Industrial area.. some of these situations i know about so we wont get into blame games her.. but EVERYBODY is to blame .. including myself.

    We have become apathetic.. so let the media do what they are going to do, because all we will do is.. a small virtua,l uproar on facebook, tiwrrah etc.. and nothing will come of it. If ya’ll, we were serious about things.. yes.. we would ENFORCE a regulation and ENFORCE stiff penalties when these are flouted. and with that same spirit ENFORCE- action when people in our slums are living in disaster prone areas, ENFORCE when our government that we voted in loot our coffers..ENFORCE when we jump traffic lights. ENFORCE when a cop is caught with his pants down asking us to “help him help us”
    Until then we remain Apathetically Kenyan- where we have to be mad creative because inthe time of need to galvanise help.. it has to be bought or commercialised. Let the Telegraph, CNN, YAHOO etc see us naked.. charred whatever- we are slightly bothered but mostly apathetic-when we start to ACT not talk and armchair politrick, when we are at the point where we ENFORCE rather than suck it in.. with that “hakuna matata” taratibu way we are bullied into EVERY DAY of our Kenyan lives.. then we can talk about being mad about the media and politicians stupidity.
    Sincerely,
    Another Apathetic Kenyan

  4. Allow me to give my two cents here. I grieve with those who have been directly affected by this tragedy – the deaths, the properties, the injuries and the broken families.

    I blame the government, I blame KPC and I blame a section of the victims especially those whom death, as shown in the much needed press pictures, were placed either next to the manhole or well inside that river. I suppose they were scooping the fuel. And for that I may blame the necessity born by poverty.

    The government can do more than go to the slums only in times like this. We know politicians reap from poverty and so they must keep the circle intact but better poor and alive than dead. Why the slums have not been upgraded or why the relocation was not forced to some other safe distance where the industrial workers would still access their menial industrial jobs without incurring too much transport costs while getting to and from work no one understands.

    KPC, it is said, are operating a pipeline system whose life of being sell by date is passed. The spill, they admitted, was caused by leakage from their pipes due to leaking valves and gaskets. Two questions. KPC do not have a system to detect a leakage along the pipeline either by noticing fall in pressure or something? KPC does not have contingency measures for such emergencies save for the foam and dispatching of police? So how long did it take to have the police at the scene?. And the drainage system? Why is a company dealing in dangerous wastes like KPC allowed to use a primitive disposal mechanisms of such waste like releasing it to a public drainage and to a city river if at all I should ask NEMA?

    KPC must compensate the victims!

    We have had stories about the veracity of this semi-gas liquid and national appeals have been made for people who may have not yet witnessed its aftermath to desist from the urge to get free litres of its scrambled availability for any reason. Most probably half of the victims caught in it while scooping or having intention to scoop it may well have been aware that petrol on such state is dangerous but still went ahead debating on what was a lesser evil – hungry children fed if he/she succeeds or death and a licence to get away from the troubles of this world if it happens.

    But Sinai was more than that. There were children sleeping, some playing and some in school. They died. KPC and the government are responsible for their loss without a doubt. These kids did not have a choice to whether or not be there.

    While they can’t bring anyone back to life I think they must change their perception of loss for the poor and compensate these people.

    Lastly, and my main contention with the principle post here is that call castigating the press for certain ‘graphic’ publishing and whether or not the readers need that in regards to ethics and public good. I think the illustration of the Sinai report in all the media were not graphic enough for readers and viewers to learn from it. So if you are asking for less reporting and sugar coating of what is read and viewed then you are the devil.

    Like another comment suggested previously, we need some horror show for everyone. More horrific results of these events to be made more clear and deliberately vivid so that the memory can haunt the people who see them. Any other way is to say let them not know so that it keeps happening! On a second thought, and after looking at the Sinai setup, one may notice that they never watch news on tv and perhaps they only heard of Sachangwan from other people. The pictures causes personal regrets in people as could be seen from the onlookers at the scene.

    Let the reporters report what they see. It is for our information and good. Ban the horror movies then, but I think they are impractical and less significant than ways of our lives.

  5. If there is anything that Sinai tragedy has shown, it’s the dearth of our regulatory authorities. Macharia Gaitho captured it very well in his piece is yesterday’s Nation. From Min of Lands, Kenya Pipeline, Kenya Power, Politicians, City Council…. and we have not even gotten to the hapless victims. Such a loss.

    As for the concoctions leading to blindness and death…..methinks the Mututho Law needs to be worked on again….clearly it is not working. We can even do away with it altogether!

    Donate whatever you can.

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