Monday, March 16, 2009

Noise in the name of functions and religion - 37th reminder to NEMA and others concerned....

Starting from Friday night, this neighbourhood which includes two hospitals, has had to put up with noisy functions every night held at the MWA Hall.

Calling the cops is an exercise in futility and the answers one gets are as follows....

1. But these people have permits to hold these functions.

While this is true and the moron who gives them these permits seems to be totally oblivious to the fact that this hall is in a residential neighbourhood and therefore will be disturbing the entire place including the patients at the two hospitals. Does this person even give this a thought before giving this permit? And if so, why does not this person also tell them that this permit does NOT include noise making which will disturb the entire neighbourhood?

2. The other 'excuse' that these moronic cops give is that they do not know where this hall and only tell you this after you've rung them up a second of third time when you notice that there's been no reduction in the noise after over an hour or so! When you give them the directions, they will assure you that somebody will come..... no time scale given, of course.

Why don't these cops answering the phone at emergency, know the lay of the land that they are supposed to be policing?

3. When after yet another half an hour or so, there's no reduction in the noise level, you ring them, again, the cop will tell you to have patience since the cops are coming there on foot! I asked them what had happened to their patrol cars and they say that they are not working!!!!

We seem to have gone back full circle to the time when we would call cops and they in turn would insolently tell you to come and get them since they had no transport! This time I rang up a more reasonable cop whose number I mercifully had and who has since been transfered to Kisumu, and he told me that they had only one car and that was transporting a dead body to the mortuary. How very interesting. Transporting a dead body which was beyond help, anyway, was more important and could not be done by an ambulance, than other issues that concerned the living!

Of course, by this time the time limit given by the the permit giver, has come, keeping the entire neighbourhood awake in the process. Is this what the cops have been doing? Wasting our time and money in countless phone calls but not doing their job?

Will anything ever change in this country? Where the people given the job of keeping the peace e.g., the police and NEMA, do their jobs and earning their keep in the process? Coast Province is especially inundated by more noise than the rest of the country since it is more lawless where no 'officialdom' really works for the betterment of the people. Only God can help us now, I think.

What we pay taxes for, I just don't know....

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