In Summary
  • Typically, Wangechi’s killing in cold blood has unleashed frenzied reactions in the social media.
  • Most reasons advanced for the killings border on the puerile.

Nearly a week after Moi University medical student Ivy Wangechi was felled by a rejected lover, the sheer brutality of the incident at a leading referral hospital continues to baffle.

Typically, Wangechi’s killing in cold blood has unleashed frenzied reactions in the social media. Commenting on some, or most, of those reactions only serves to dignify the despicable.

DECENCY

Suffice it to say that, as a nation, Kenya is fast losing an essential aspect of what it means to be human. Common decency demands that a society with any pretences to utu — essential humanity — respectfully steps aside to allow the bereaved family to mourn their loved one.

This was not accorded Wangechi’s family, who cruelly learnt about their immense loss through social media.

This raises the question: Where were the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) authorities when the notorious social media launched into what it does best — vilifying and mocking the dead?

Wangechi was murdered right inside the hospital precincts and, as a duly registered medical student, whose next of kin’s contacts should be readily available to the authorities, her parents should have been the first, outside MTRH management, to know about the tragedy that had befallen them.

GENDER DEBATE

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