Kenyans are living in fear

Fewer people are driving around at night nowadays and opting to share a car with friends, and it has nothing to do with the rising cost of fuel. Kenyans are scared. They feel unsafe and have absolutely no idea what to do about it.

According to Wikipedia, ‘fear is an emotional response to threats and danger. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of pain.’ We are living in fear.

Nobody trusts the government and unlike what we see on TV, CSI Kenya does not really catch the bad guys. Not that they are supposed to, because that is the prestigious task of our police force – which is in case you haven’t heard is the most corrupt government institution in the whole of East Africa.

Not very encouraging is it? I don’t mean to be a prophet of doom but I think its time Kenyans explored ways in which they can protect themselves and their own or they will get hurt. Stories at home and at places of recreation are mostly harrowing tales of citizens in the hands of ruthless smart-looking hard-nosed gangsters.

Thieves are moving ahead and employing new ways of making their brethren feel insecure, while our police officers continue taking bribes and our Internal Security Minister continues issuing threats.

Talk is cheap and will not be enough to remove this extra black mark against Kenya’s name. For goodness sake wasn’t corruption and post election violence enough? Now we have to be branded as crime ridden as well! This is sad.

Even the Nai-roberry nickname doesn’t apply anymore because it is no longer centred just in the urban centres. Crime is everywhere. It’s like some new wave of criminals has materialised from thin air and is making everyone’s life a living hell.

I wonder where it has come from; unemployment? I don’t really think so. Because the rate of unemployment here is not very different from those in our East African neighbours, who look for jobs rather than resort to criminal activities. They watch movies there for entertainment not to mimic. I think Kenyans are just bad mannered and we need to start taking things more seriously.

I also think this corruption tainted government is acting as a torch, leading ordinary Kenyans away from their ordinary lives and encouraging them to live a life of crime because they will rarely get caught. And if they have a lot of money they will get caught and then later found innocent! Nice eh… Something is very wrong in this country and I really wonder how we will turn it around. But turn it around we must!

Fine, there might be some marginal difference when more jobs are created, and Kenyans are also working to ensure they are less likely to be made victims of crime, but I think the government should come up with a better more effective way to punish offenders so that people think twice before even trying to steal… Or kidnap!

I know for sure that I do not desire to live the rest of my life responding to stimulus such as pain or the threat of pain. In fact, these criminals are the ones who should be made to way respond to these stimuli!

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