@StateHouseKenya @ForeignOfficeKE @InteriorKE From the Naval & Maritime side of the coin, Kudos ! But from the civil side of it or the Fire & Rescue personnel in Tharaka Nithi is a born Rambo? Thread @ajfactual52 @VictorMwambacha @Anon1KENYA @Hitlerlaw2
For 58 years & counting, little if anything has been done to address, broaden & or invest in the prep'dness, prevention, response, resilience & or recovery from disaster or emergencies, their nature & or causative factors notwithstanding. Yet we boast of developing ?
Our priorities continue to remain a skewed even with the various lessons situations, that bring forth our shortfalls, especially in terms of our response to & prevention as a proactive means to deter recurrence. Kenya tulirogwa na nani ?
Where disasters or emergencies are concerned. If not pre-empting them, are we at the very least not supposed to ensure, their would be consequences & or inevitable aftermaths & their impacts are somewhat lessened ? @NjokiMwarumba @PWMasakhwe_PhD @Hitlerlaw2
Why is it, that Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) are as a matter of fact the rarest of priorities for Kenya & Africa at large? Whereas in the developed world many continue to form partnerships, & embark on training together to enable readiness for disasters?
Is it that we lack ideas, objectives & intentions that lead to the mooting of projects meant, to address the current existing gaps especially in Emergency Human Resource Development- EHRD ? Not really, ours in Kenya is purely stemmed off, by bureaucracy ! @RasnaWarah @BasilioCC
Yet, we can by bringing into existence a professional training academy, fully-fledged in what is on offer & whilst at it transfer skills to existing Emergency Services Personnel. As well as chart career paths for raw talents with a calling for life saving. But ? @mlimakenya
Corruption on the part of those in decision making positions a cumbersome obstacle. Dealing with the demigods @InteriorKE just to get approvals, is a sickening experience. It is easier to chat & date Lucifer, than make em see sense in anything, of no personal benefit to them.
Yet, from petrol tankers infernos that continue to barbecue poverty stricken community members who rush in to siphon free fuel, devoid of the dangers to their lives. To collapsing buildings, that come tumbling down claiming the lives of their safety oblivious occupants.
To overloaded ferries sinking, road accidents, domestic fires, helicopters crashing into lakes & victim recovery taking ages. To mudslides burying houses with their occupants in them, to floods wreaking havoc. The list of our woes is an endless one. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, Sir.
What the development partners have helped come up with in Mtongwe, will help mostly the Military. What of the civil side of the coin, that in essence actually needs it the most ?
58 years of so called Independence & no formal Fire & Rescue school in Kenya ? @FredMatiangi
The problem has manifested for 58 years & evolved with time, unabated at that.. It emanates for various chronic causes, chief amongst them being, the lack of conducive National polices addressing key Disaster Mgmt components. But is anyone bothered ? @SenMutula @SakajaJohnson
With an important Bill such as the DRM one, still pending for 22 years in Parliament. When will we ever start thinking of Disaster Mgmt, as a development discipline & target its five critical components of Preparedness, Prevention, Response, Response& Recovery as a remedy ?
It is no secret, Kenya lacks of adequately trained & proficiently certified personnel,from firemen,EMT's, hazmat responders, search & rescue personnel, divers, technical staff.
As such, for how long will we continue to depend of the likes the now business minded @KenyaRedCross?
To address this shortfalls, especially that of proficiently trained human resources. There is an urgent need for the development of a full-fledged Rescue Services Academy, to cater for the needs as identified. That needs no rocket scientist, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, Sir ! @HakiNgo
The long story short, engage Kenyan professionals to address the matter, fund it adequately or simply privatize. @wamudzini @waluwande @moalbrecht @WanjikuRevolt @OderoProf @Hitlerlaw2 @mlimakenya @ajfactual52 @Anon1KENYA @chothep
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Dear Mr. President.
I believe if you never read George Orwell's allegorical novella the ''Animal Farm'' first published in 1945. You acquainted with''All animals being equal, with some animals,are more equal than others?
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