Archive for October, 2011
Criminals do not die by the hands of the law; they die by the hands of other men. – George Bernard Shaw
I’m still shaken. I was a witness to the shootout between gunmen and policemen in Outering and Buruburu.
I saw the lady who was caught in the line of fire lying on the ground bleeding from her chest. She died.
I saw the two gangsters lying, dying on Kang’undo Road, one was twitching. He was shot again.
The police officer who was shot and died was a personal friend to me and I feel his loss deeply. I had shared a beer with him on several occasions and he had told me of his future plans, plans that have now been shattered by a shot to the head from someone I’m told was known to him.
I drove past Prudential estate while the firefight with the last gunman took place. My driving the rest of that day was erratic. I couldn’t focus.
I later came to hear that this gunman, the very one who had allegedly shot and killed a policeman while injuring two others, called media houses and even went live on a radio station begging to have his life spared and offering to surrender in the presence of media and human rights groups, he didn’t get that option, a Swat team took him out in under three minutes.
My question is: When is execution justified, if ever? This man had just murdered an officer, so was his execution then inevitable? If indeed he had offered to surrender and confess his crimes, should his life have been spared?
The reporting of news has to be understood as propaganda for commodities, and events by images. – Christopher Lasch
Citizen TV will, allegedly, pay the recently returned Janet Mbugua KShs 803,000 monthly to read news (having already paid a reported KShs 5 Million to buy her out of her contract in South Africa).
They are already paying Lilian Muli-Kanene a reported KShs 255,000 a month.
This figures far exceed what they pay the guys who actually go out there (and sometimes risk their life and limb) to find news, record it and write it up for these “eye-candy” presenters to simply read it with a plastic smile or parade fat women trying to lose weight in a country where half the population is underfed.
I can only speculate what they pay the Kasavulis and Belinda Oburas, but I suppose it must be less since it is obvious the MILFs are being told rather directly that their time as the face of news is reaching a rather dreary sunset. The irony is that these older folk probably need the higher pay more as they face early retirement, the threat of redundancy or a return to the museum of local presenters once known as VoK. (In fact Tom Mboya and Njenga need some of that loot to buy better fitting suits if you ask me)
Maybe that’s why Citizen have come back with season II of the “Tazama Chapaa” ponzi scheme to cover for these harebrained pay decisions.
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