Archaical standards?

We all have witnessed the drama brought by the ‘men in green’  manning roadblocks at night ordering grown people to blow into a beeping incriminating device. Drivers jumping off moving cars or driving over spikes to avoid that hefty 100,000Ksh fine. 

By citizen tv

Last week revellers got relieved when the courts revoked the use of breathalysers,alcoblow by NTSA sighting it a violation of the traffic act. This  relief wouldn’t last though as the authority stood its ground despite the ruling,typical Kenyan style. 

NTSA has arrogantly defied the court ruling and increased vigilance on the roads as witnessed during the weekend against these, rogue drunk drivers. 

Is bullying of drivers on our highways civil? I believe that not everyone on the road at 3am in the morning is stupid drunk.  Where does all the money from the fines they drop on ‘offenders ‘ go? My opinion, I feel like its another pyramid scheme collecting in broad daylight. Where are NTSA awareness boards?  Where are your advertisements on tv, radio? 

Personally, I have been a recipient and not a victim  of drunk driving on a near personal level and I believe that NTSA  is a step closer to making our roads safer,but my concern is the way they handle people. We all know and have our rights and instead of harassing a section of people for cash and example setting, why not  crank up on awareness? 

I feel that for an institution like the National Transport and Safety Authority, I feel like the fact that it chose not to adhere to the court ruling too is a wanting image for the course they are fighting for. Like why should I appear to a court hearing to get my fine and you on the other hand brush off the court’s decision? 



Extrajudicial justice???

A few days ago there was a video of police officers killing some kids on the road. They were apparently suspected thugs who terrorized the life out of Eastleigh residents. They were on a robbery mission the police say. Personally I’m still disturbed by the broad daylight killings and the out right show of force by the flying squad police. The mixed reactions to this video show the different stands we all take on this matter.

Some people may say its justice served since one way or the other they have fallen victim to these gang related violent acts. Some feel that it is an example set for the gangs out there that it’s what they get for the evil deeds they have done. Activists on the other hand are of the opinion of Human Rights and alternative measures on situation. 

 I think that there’s a better and civil way to go about this though. 

According to the Amnesty International Report released in October 2016, Kenya was ranked top in Africa. Top in Extra judicial killings. It had a crazy figure of 122 killings in Kenya alone,out of 177 cases in Africa. 

Looking at the statistics, it’s really worrying. Mind you that was in 2016. I feel that it’s more worrying that these killings are perpetrated by the very people the public depends on. Yes, I agree that the gangs are a menace but these members are human beings like all of us. We don’t know what made them get into this life but I still feel that there’s a way they can be helped out of it. 

Human Rights ought to be protected no matter the situation. Looking at it from a cops perspective, the gang members might have retaliated and they felt safer by showing force. Okay but what next? 

The Eastleigh gang,  super power   will want to revenge their loss and that would mean that the people are not yet out of the woods. Just proving a point that instead of the public execution style of justice, why shouldn’t the authorities take a different rehabilitation approach?

But once again that’s my own opinion. What do you think? 

Do you  believe that justice delayed is justice denied or an opportunity for sound and reasonable handling of a societal problem?