This week has been one of those weeks Nairobians have spent hours in traffic. Reason? Heavy rains that made roads in some parts of Nairobi impassable. Photos circulating online show what can only be described as a disaster, flooded roads and cars being washed away were the scenes we saw yesterday. Sad thing is, even the Central Business District is one of those affected areas. So here is the thing, why I am talking about this? I should have just gone straight to the point. #NairobiFloods was the hashtag that was trending on Twitter for the better part of yesterday evening. It should be trending today too. Kenyans took to social media attacking the Nairobi County Government led by The Governor Evans Kidero for its failure to protect these floods from causing the kind of havoc it caused yesterday. During the last rains which worse than what we are seeing now, the County Government set aside a huge chunk of money for repairs. To be exact, Kidero sets aside Sh50m to unclog Nairobi drainage. The government described the allocation as emergency recovery fund for clearing blocked drains in a bid to avert a repeat of flooding and power blackouts experienced during the heavy rains. We are now experiencing the same rains and the flooding is just bad. The effects are the same, from the flooding, the blackout just to mention a few. How was the Sh50m used? We don't know...Was the unclogging done?..Well, maybe yes... Remember during the previous rains, apart from Kidero's Sh.50m allocation, the Ministry of Devolution also deployed 100,ooo National Youth Service servicemen to help clear trenches. Back to yesterday. We threw all manner of insults at the County Government, what we failed to understand is that we also have a role to play here. Early this year we had a huge online debate on how we Nairobians have become so careless and are littering all over. We don't care about the environment...the future. It is until disaster happens, when we start feeling the effects of us contributing to this mess. It is then that we remember oooh..we have the County Government that should have done this and that...oooh Kidero should explain to us how the El Nino disaster funds was utilised....Ooooh Corruption is why Nairobi County has poor drainage. Yes we have a right to ask all these questions, I mean Kidero is the governor and he needs to be accountable for every penny spent. But why are forgetting our roles in this? Or we just don't care.... Questions Do we need more accountability from the County Government? Yes, money was allocated and we need to know where and how it was used. What can we do? As much as we are blaming Kidero we should stop littering. We are the biggest contributors here too. So Governor Kidero do your job and show us how our money was used. Nairobians help keep the city clean to avoid seeing the scenes we are seeing now. Even if we have a good drainage but we have all these plastic bags and bottles being thrown all over, what difference is that going to bring?
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