By G Opiyo
Ticking Time Bomb: I have just walked through Soweto Slums, a popular route to those that want to reach the Airport without going through the jam ridden Outer-ring Road. The state of affairs in Soweto, and the Embakasi Village today gave me some goose bumps.
Hundreds of children not going to school, playing in dusty alleys. Older children are trying out smoking, or watching some X-rated movies in the several mabati video dens. The striking Health workers have driven hundreds of sick and poor to shady clinics and I saw one clinic with several worried faces lining up to see the “Doctor” probably some form 4 dropout.
In sharp contrast, nearby Estates like Greenspan, Komarocks, Nyayo Estate, and Jacaranda- 100% of the Children have gone to school, and if any of them gets even a flu- they are rushed to the nearby Aga Khan Clinic in Greenspan, or Gertrude Garden in Donholm.
As I saw the sorry state of affairs, the words of the Surgeon (of Asian extract) that tried to save the life of my Camaraman buddy- Freddy- rang in my mind. The Surgeon told me “The state of affairs in this country will continue getting worse, we will continue losing more lives due to lack of proper facilities in our Hospitals.” he said “I blame the Middle Class of this country for the current mess. They are living in a bubble- insulated from the realities of what the majority of Kenyans are going through… but this cannot go on for long… the bubble will burst”, he said before hastily walking away.
I guess all right thinking Kenyans should take time to face this reality.
As the politicians, Governors, MCAs, MPs Parastatal Chiefs etc continue wanton plunder of public funds- the middle class appears to be busy building artificial walls- trying to escape the consequences of corruption. However, when the public health sector finally collapses, when the education sector finally collapse, when public security finally collapses- those walls will come down, very fast
I would urge everyone that lives in the so called posh estates- to take time and walk through the nearby slums. Take time to visit the nearby public hospital and public school to see the reality. Then, and only then will you grasp the reality that we are sitting on a ticking time bomb.