BY DOMINIC NDEGE
I want to urge those castigating Kamlesh Patni to stop but instead, join OTHER progressive Kenyans in analyzing the full import of the JKIA fire. Let them quit the chest thumping and arrogance while the â€˜House of Mumbi is burningâ€™. May we support this despicable, despotic and repressive regime 100 percent at this time of sorrow. Some few sycophants to the jubilee government believe the JKIA fire happened at the behest of Patni.
Further, some have started pointing accusing fingers to the former P.M, I find such thinking and accusation to be offensive, outrageous and most vice invasion of and savage attack on his integrity. I notice (sadly) that many hardcore Jubilants are already pointing accusing fingers at Cord, and some of them are insinuating that Cord members are bemused by the tragedy at JKIA. Nothing could be further from the truth. JKIA is a national treasure, and nobody in Cord is amused by its partial demise
Investigations will reveal that the fire at JKIA is a result of misplaced priorities, nepotism and high level corruption. There is no excuse in the world for an International Airport not to have functioning hydrants, fire engines, flame retardants and an emergency drill that works. The buck starts and stops with the poor management at the huge airport. This fire has nothing absolutely to do with politics, I believe so.
The reason behind the fire majorly lies on incompetency therein; JKIA lack process safety management, preventative maintenance as well as a clear emergency procedure. This is clearly
evidenced from the recent power failure, fuel failure and icing on cake fire. Next time it will be an explosion of hazardous chemicals and that will kill people and damage to property will be big.
This event, however sad, should serve as the lightening rod for a re-evaluation of our priorities as a nation. The first thing that needs to be done is to scrap the laptop project and redesign it on a much smaller scale. We should use the monies saved to purchase working fire engines immediately as a matter of national honor. There are a plethora of other burning issues that need to be addressed with the saved monies.
The second thing that needs to be done is a re-evaluation of our national psyche in order to define where we are going as a nation. We cannot continue down the present treacherous and highly divided path we are on. The fire that started small at JKIA and proceeded to burn a huge part of the airport is a reminder that left unchecked; our divisions (that currently appear small) could splinter the Kenya nation into thousands of dysfunctional fragments.
We need national healing and we need it like yesterday. I hope this healing starts with the embers of the dying fires of the JKIA.