Whipping the Dog…

kiosk 3In common with the International scout ground, the private Moi Girls boarding school ground shares part of its boundary with the sprawling unplanned metropolis of Kibera.  For the most part this is not regarded as a problem as rigorous fencing and 24 hour manned security protects and maintains the inequalities and the status quo.  Whilst there is an inextricable and an indissoluble association between poverty and crime, one does not and cannot excuse the other. Heinous crimes are just that whatever the economic status and the alleged rape of a school student demanded a swift response.

 

The police and government officials normally shy of entering the Kibra district of Kibera employed yellow bull-dozers to raze the many corrugated metal construct open  ‘kiosks’ that line a section of the school perimeter. Deemed unplanned, unsafe and likely to harbour the perpetrators, around three hundred handmade structures were rendered unusable in a matter of hours. * Hundreds of tiny businesses paid for the requisite summary justice with their modest livelihoods.

 

Official police investigations continue of course and one lead suggested the possibility of a school employee being involved. Meanwhile an official criticised the former kiosk operators for throwing stones in protest. *

 

* Source:- KTN News Reel, Kenya 2018

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These writings are penned whilst in the field working with our friends who live and work in Kibera and it is hoped that they bring insight, understanding and a provocation that the status-quo is unacceptable. Please feel free to unsubscribe or share as appropriate. Any opinions implied or expressed are my own and names may have been changed for the sake of privacy.

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