In Summary
  • Incompetence is a normality in Kenya. We ought not to be outraged by the Navy.

  • We ought not to be outraged by KFS. They are a reflection of who we are as Kenyans. They are us!

  • What moral authority do we have to point fingers at seemingly incompetent authorities, complaining of negligence and incompetence?

It is a week and counting since a car slid off MV Harambee into the Indian Ocean, taking with it a woman and her four-year-old daughter.

Both the Kenya Navy (which is a stone's throw away from the scene of the accident) and the Kenya Ferry Services (who operate the ferry) have admitted that, indeed, they lack the expertise and equipment to dive that deep and retrieve the wreckage and bodies. They were located only Wednesday.

FRUSTRATION

This led to help being sought from some of the most unlikely of places — from a Swedish volunteer to Chinese divers and experts from South Africa.

And, as usual, Kenyans are outraged — and rightfully so — spewing our frustration mostly online but all over the place. But even as we do that, do we really have the moral authority to point the finger at the agencies?

They should have ensured the safety of the passengers in the ferry and attempted to rescue the victims while the car was still afloat on the Likoni Channel, and in the worst of circumstances, made efforts to retrieve the bodies within hours.

The answer is no. First of all, the incident took place in broad daylight. And what did hundreds of people on board the ferry do? They were busy taking selfies and videos to share on social media! Was there an attempt at saving these two poor souls from drowning?

What moral authority do we have to point fingers at seemingly incompetent authorities, complaining of negligence and incompetence? But incompetence has almost become a norm in this part of the world. How many of us can proudly say they got that job they do on merit?

DEATH TRAPS

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