MEGA CORRUPTION SCANDALS: KENYA, A NATION SLIDING FAST INTO ANARCHY
The NYS recruits showcasing their skills
I was teaching my class four, a Social Studies topic on Conflict resolution, just the other day.
Class four learners, are mostly in their 9 or 10 years. Young, innocent but surprisingly, witty, discerning, analytical. Born in Nairobi, they are far much aware, knowledgeable than many a child in their age, this country.
I explained to them what is law, who makes laws and did not forget to tell them that law is sacrosanct in any society. Violation of the law leads to retribution, punishment or even banishment, in extreme cases. I did not forget, tell them that basic law includes their daily school routine. This is after I had just taught them, yet another emotive subject, about Democracy and Human Rights.
After discussing with them the causes of conflict and school and resolution mechanisms, I asked a simple question: “Do you, think law is well followed in our country?”
Those fond of chorus answers, or those who, maybe, could not clearly comprehend my query nodded their heads, some chorusing in, “Yeeeees!”
But one boy, remained quiet. Raising his left hand, which he writes with, said, “No teacher!”
Knowing that I was at least making a thinker, smilingly, I asked him to explain, why he was objecting.
“My father said that most of the money collected by the government is stolen, that’s why, we missed the Laptops, as promised by the government, in 2013. The people in government don’t care about us children whose fathers are not known by government. They steal. They steal… even… where we play… they want big hotels built in playgrounds.. … I hear they want even all Game Parks to be Hotels, soon, dad said, even wild animals will be a thing of the past…. Only to be seen in pictures… ”
I found a tear dropping down my cheek… a fumbled for my kerchief…
Confused, the other learners said “Sorry teacher!” the narrator was emboldened…. I had no need of mentioning NYS, NCPB and scandals…
Luckily the bell rang.