On earth, two wrongs can never make a right instead they bring about a disaster. When I heard it happening at Kenyenya Sub-county, something inside me said, “the two wrongdoers have met both in mistakes” and indeed if you find out how the whole thing started you will agree with me that both the police and matatu operators (drivers and turnboys) in the 14th September 2018 incident had mistakes which they stupidly handled.
Not that am justifying the police who killed Mr. Onderi or justifying Mr. Onderi’s act before his death but what am trying to say is, always the two parties (the police and matatu operators) in our soil are always on the wrong; matatu operators are always bossy, rude and superior to their customers while those in uniform are rude, tough and rough to matatu-men especially when denied the agreed sum.
We who get the matatu service are always handled as trash! Yes trash. Not even one matatu user has a right neither to question nor to complain. Instead, we the users play silly praying that we reach our destinations safely while they the operators reap monies from us. Also some of us matatu users don’t care! we always board a fully boarded vehicle. On any police check point, the police gets there share and the business goes ON day in day out.
Now if any matatu operator goes against the agreement with the police what comes next is an unofficial Safari Rally whose trophy is a huge sum of cash but if the matatu operator plays it all silly; he gets a thorough beat,then bundled to the rover and later will be forced to pay a reasonable amount for release and continue with business. It is not matatu operators only who are suffering but also local brewers are silently suffering on the hands of the police and chiefs who collects a monthly levy.
In this case, any brewer who fails to submit the levy is bundled to the cell and forced to pay a good sum of cash and is then allowed to continue the business also to some point all brew in stock is completely destroyed together with the carrier drums. Years back, I remember witnessing a good fight between some consumers and the men in uniform! Walikipata.
Back to what happened at Kenyenya Sub-county must not only be condemned but also the perpetrators (MEN IN UNIFORM) should be brought to account for the lost lives and also for losses that they caused to business people and travellers in the region. It is only holding the troublemakers accountable that will bring sanity to the soil and also peace between the uniformed persons and mwananchi.
All that the Police Service Commission should know is; one, in Gusii land some policemen have no work here except adding up the number of those living on the soil, taking bribes from matatu men and local brewers. Two, this land needs not excess usage of guns and bullets! Excess guns and bullets should be for …, Mombasa, Garrisa, Mandera etc.
Three, in last weeks case the residents were protecting themselves from the police brutality and so the police should have not used the guns as they did after killing an unarmed Kenyan instead they could have retreated back. Four, this is Kenya a free country where one does what he/she wants but not even one person is allowed to beat, shoot, take bribe and even hurl abuses to any other party or person.
To you politicians who were condemning the act on social media, Tv and radio, you should have come to the ground to calm and console your people and take action as you promised to later. Use the power of the politician to teach and protect your bosses. What I mean learn to be in the shoes of your boss in times of distress and always be with your bosses in wavy times.