Fire at JKIA

JKIA on fire

On Wednesday morning we woke up to the news that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) was on fire. Let’s just face it, Kenyans tend to turn to social media for news before switching on the radio or TV these days so it when the news spread like wildfire (sorry, it had to be done) everyone who had access to a social media account, and especially Twitter, logged on for news and then started their own, mostly critical, analysis of the whole scenario.

Duty Free fire

The pictures that started coming in had me stunned. The Arrivals side was completely up in flames and the thick black smoke billowing in the cold Nairobi morning could be seen for miles around. Traffic was at a complete standstill around the area, understandably, and a lot of people made positive efforts to be involved in sorting this out.

Then came the opinionated people on social media. Suddenly it was a big deal that the president decided to go to JKIA to assess the situation and try and sort things out. Like everyone else, I had an opinion and I shared it on Twitter saying that I actually approved of him going over to the airport to see what he could do. Had he not gone, he’d still have been bashed up for that so I’m just glad he went nevertheless.

Slowly but surely with the messages aimed at me, I realized that people have a lot of hatred for just about everything. They can sit on Twitter all day and give opinions but no one wants to get up and work on these ideas or even get the ball rolling to enable their ideas. The bitterness starts to well up and then there’s this explosion of vile hatred being spewed with language that makes me want to stick a teaspoon of hot chillies in the mouth of the person swearing like that.

Uhuru Kenyatta is the president of this country. Yes I know I’m stating the obvious but sometimes even this simple statement seems to slip the mind of many. I strongly felt he upheld his duty by going to the scene. Had it been a bomb blast or any other huge national disaster, the expectation of him being there will always be high. Our main international airport was almost razed to the ground – isn’t that a national disaster? Yes we have other airports but this is the hub of it all.

I’m not ashamed of saying that I strongly support our president making this a matter of urgency and going to the airport to assess damage. Just like you, I have the freedom of speech, the right to say what I want. I also have an opinion and I don’t want to abused for it just because you have made it your life’s mission to troll and abuse people on social media. I respect your stand on not agreeing with the president going to the airport and I’d strongly suggest you exercise the same tolerance to me and to others with differing opinions. This builds a better society, I feel.

There. I got it off my chest. Weekly rant and tribulation over and done with.

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3 thoughts on “Fire at JKIA”

  1. What was the point of this article? Waste of a precious 5 mins. Also, some of your Facebook posts leave many people bewildered. Like the one about that soap. Is someone forcing you to watch?

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    1. If it was a waste, you’d have the sense to have stopped reading and move on. And no one forces you to read anything I write. Feel free to unfollow/ unfriend/ block and move on. If my comments leave you bewildered then just stick to a level that is more comprehensible to you. I work in the entertainment industry. I’m paid to give an opinion.
      Stick to reading comic strips and watching Cartoon Network. Don’t come here insulting me. Give constructive criticism if you want. Not mindless, unwarranted, useless comments.

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  2. Jimmy> You seem like one of the people who hide behind a screen and criticize people’s talents. I am a regular reader on this website and I like many people enjoy these everyday anecdotes and experiences. Its easy to make comments from the shadows but it takes real courage to have a opinion about something and share it with the rest of the world. Learn to appreciate talent when you experience it.

    Kamal, keep up the good work. I don’t live in Kenya anymore but your column and thoughts remind me of my life in Kenya. I enjoy it! Also I hope everything you write is being put together for a book which will be out very soon

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