TOO LATE

Action to avert tragedies better than apologies to victims

State officials come out to explain how a tragedy was not their fault immediately after it happens

In Summary

• State started audit of all schools after eight pupils died in a poor construction. 

• Collapse of a building implicates officials tasked with ensuring safe developments. 

Red Cross officials carry away a body from the scene where eight pupils from Precious Talent School in Dagoretti, Nairobi county died on September 23
PREVENTABLE TRAGEDY: Red Cross officials carry away a body from the scene where eight pupils from Precious Talent School in Dagoretti, Nairobi county died on September 23
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

The untimely death of eight pupils of Precious Talent Academy in Nairobi prompted the government to order an audit of all schools, something that should have been done before the tragedy to save lives. 

Lives were lost in the recent drought spell in Baringo and Turkana;  were there no funds set aside to counteract drought in marginalised areas? The government seems to only act the moment they see casualties.

For a building to collapse without reason means it was constructed under illegal circumstances, implicating officials of government tasked with ensuring safe construction. 

Some of these officials accept bribes from landowners to turn away from a development that should not be erected on that land depending on size and population expected to live there. 

Government officials should set their priorities straight to avoid try-to-convince speeches whenever a disaster has occurred. 

Egerton University