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Fire Rescues – The Kenyan Tragedy


Disaster Preparedness is one of our national handicaps. And like any developing nation, disasters not only hinder growth but also retract progress made as well as sends off a warning message that makes investors shy away .
It is true our infrastructure is far from being proactive to such but we need the right mindset of our Planning, Treasury & Education Ministries. This need to be inculcated into our education curriculum. So that Students have fire fighting clubs or plug into existing clubs like scouts which have the mandate of educating their schools and communities on how best to improvise firefighting equipment, fire fighting techniques and fire contingency planning.
The Ministry of Education with all relevant disaster management partners can then have regular newsletters sent to these clubs. The clubs should be cultured to incorporate all levels of learning in the country.


This should also be a wakeup call to aspiring county governors to include disaster management content into their manifestos. As a nation and the greater East Africa we should be in the fore front in preventing fires and professionally containing them in their occurrence. It would also be prudent for Treasury to subsidize of zero rate tax on firefighting equipment. This would make it easier for homes, businesses, local government fire fighting departments, schools & other institutions to afford such.
Fires have a vengeance especially when fuelled by ignorance among other factors. Which such incentives then it would be wise to decree that every home/business/institution be equipped with firefighting equipment and have a schedule for fire drills.
Ministry of Public works then should move in fast to ensure any facility coming up has factored in firefighting provisions both in equipment and proactive surveillance. In developed world we have seen provision of firefighting piping even in the streets so that the issue of running out of water for the firefighting tankers do not arise. The tankers when called in starts extinguishing the fire while part of the crew plug into the piping provision nearby.


If we have done it with fibre-optic cable provision around all government building in town this with proper planning can be done for the whole of the nation starting with Nairobi CBD. Another proactive move would be for the City Council of Nairobi to fit GPRS fire detection units all over town so that as soon as smoke breaks a fire fighting crew nearby is dispatched to attend to this.
In this time and age our loved ones and investment worth fortunes should not be lost for lack of disaster preparedness. It is our mandate as citizens and government to ensure our homes, businesses, institutions are well prepared when faced by fires.

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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE


Sports is a real people magnet. We enjoy Rugby, baseball, cricket, athletics, golf, swimming, motor sports, basketball but soccer is just it! the just concluded UEFA Champions League showcases not only the best discovered and nurtured talent but the best sports organisation by any standards.

It is well advertised, hype is created and merchandise attracting athlete endorsements as well as sponsorship creates the necessary synergy for the greatest event in recent times.

East Africa Community should borrow from this fantastic European Union Sports integration. the EAC should seek to support regional sporting events from our niche disciplines that is athletics(read marathon), what we were renown for the East Africa Safari Rally to the diverse that is sports.

We the youth would gladly traverse the region to cheer our own as we savour the great scenery, cultures, delicacies among others that the region offers.

It was superb Barcelona, we did appreciate the flair and focused play. Manchester United was great sport for the La Liga winners now Europe’s best!

Congratulations Coach Pep and the team as led by Messi, Pedro and Xavi!

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