In Summary
  • It was shocking to watch Kenyans run to siphon petroleum from an accident scene of an oil tanker in Nakuru recently.

  • The spread and use of social media is leading to a situation where the social engineering can be volatile and violent.

Kenya has many public safety and security issues which if not addressed over time will lead to a chaotic society.

Public safety and security ranges from the complex issues of a government ensuring that citizens in their territory are adequately protected from both internal and external threats to mundane issues such as the voluntary proper conduct of citizens and the preventive measures put into place to ensure their protection from real danger or public nuisances.

It was shocking to watch Kenyans run to siphon petroleum from an accident scene of an oil tanker in Nakuru recently.

Hundreds of fatal injuries over the years apparently are not preventive enough to restrain the public from such behaviour.

It means that people need to be trained to think in a safe way, first for their own protection and that of others.

DRINK ALCOHOL

I was mortified to watch a group of youth drink alcohol on the SGR recently.

When a public organisation such as Kenya Railways allows inebriation in an enclosed space, who is responsible for public safety.

It is not possible to differentiate responsible drinkers from those who become public nuisance and or hazards to themselves and others.

A preventive measure would be to simply not allow alcohol consumption in the train.

There are way too many jaywalkers in Nairobi. Kenyans have an attitude that motorists are responsible for obeying traffic rules. But this is just a terrible misunderstanding.

It is critical for pedestrians to understand and obey traffic rules. Smart phones have only led to the proliferation of jaywalking, never mind that there are ‘specialists’ in this areas who dodge multiple vehicle lanes even on highways.

VIOLENT

Such people need to understand that they are the most vulnerable in that situation, ahead of the motorist and their vehicles.

The spread and use of social media is leading to a situation where the social engineering can be volatile and violent.

There are users who spread pranks that include different varieties of frightening the public to downright harassment of both women and men.

Such behaviour put the public at risk of bodily harm and the pranker in danger of physical violence and other unexpected responses from the target audience.   

The habit of sharing and spreading unsubstantiated information is also a public safety and security hazard. It can spread panic and irrational behaviour.

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