If Nyambane can’t make sensible comments, he should return to the writer's room
7 months ago, 25 Maý 14:27
The circus that is Kenya continues. If you looked at this country from the outside, it would seem that not only do we have our priorities in a twist and billions to spare, but on top of that, the people at the root of the policy problems that result in our current ones are laughably blaming these series of events on anyone and everyone but themselves.
It's almost too much material for an editorial cartoonist to handle, really. Anything that they draw to be outlandish, a few weeks later just proves to be true.
I'm speaking, of course, of several consecutive recent events. For one, there is the usual hullabaloo about Kenya's morality and its conservations, spearheaded by a few right-wing leaders who choose to focus on the decay of society instead of the decaying humans that populate it.
Oftentimes our leaders have been seen and heard saying that matters that have to do with sexuality are a non-issue and we should focus on the more important things, like development and poverty eradication. The weighty things that truly affect our economy and our forward movement.
But even after all that hot air is released, there is still no consequence after these words. No one behind the scenes is arrested – only the puppets attached to the strings attached to the ever-deepening pockets of the scandals. And the scandals continue, so much so that they are now being duplicated, touted as the version 2.0s of the scandals that happened before.
Once again, I'm speaking, of course, of the recent NYS scandal that was on the cover of the Daily Nation yesterday, showing Kenya's richest hairdresser, and the proof that was cited that allegedly saw her receive Sh60 million for delivering nothing but air – perhaps the air that our politicians heat to then spew at us during press conferences and public gatherings in the form of promises.
Look at this tweet by Ciru Muriuki.
The cost of a linear accelerator machine (LINAC machine) used for radiotherapy for cancer patients begins at $500,000 (KSH 50.4 million). The Josephine Kabura 2.0 had KSH 59 million deposited into her account.
And that's just a small piece of context that spurs an entire painful conversation on how cancer, and cancer patients, and cancer patients who don't have money, are treated in this country. It's gotten to the point where I have seen people online making mock-ups of applications to participate in the next scandal – because there's always a next scandal.
I realise that the images are a joke, but it feels like a reality for many – for those who are told go to school, work hard, move to the big city with the bright lights and you'll get a good job, and you'll be able to survive and thrive, provide for your family, save up a little nest egg and live out your life in middle-class comfort.
We are taught wrong. And the people who know they are selling us ...
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