By Said Wabera
To my Government.
Most men and some women, like the Nyeri OCPD, seem not to understand what social problems this young lady has undergone. At her age, her marriage has crumbled, her protector has failed her, and not knowing how to handle this social problem because of the absence of the strong social fabric ( absence or failure of not knowing who to turn to) she made a wrong turn and made a grievous mistake.
As a society, we seem not to care anymore. It could be your sister, brother, cousin or a relative. You all laughed like the Nyeri OCPD. His action in front of a national Tv is a clear manifestation of the depth of his understanding of this social problem. He is a reflection of majority of us and our government as well. But all is not lost.
Starting with the Police in Nyeri, sad that Police never seriously study trends of crime and its social-economic impact, they should recommend to the court that this lady is taken for counseling and rehab to make her a useful member of the society rather than a convicted criminal for something beyond her control.
It is time Police and the Courts cease viewing every one who appears before them as criminals. Police and Courts are possession of serious data on social behaviors involving wanainchi of different age bracket to come up with a recommendation of what is ailing Kenyans who commit crimes and advise the way forward by involving Ministries of Planning, Health, Devolution, Trade and Industrialization, Interior and Coordination, Judiciary, Youth and every arm of the government, our culture and tradition and each member of the family.
This is the way forward. The saddest thing is that NACADA, Judiciary, The Ministry of Interior, Devolution, Health and Youth failed to stop sale of cheap alcohol in Central one of the most productive places in Kenya. This is a security issue. Its a health issue. It’s a national concern. Its nationwide. It will cost you votes. She needs help, not condemnation or a time in jail.