Thursday, July 15, 2010

Noisy announcements...

This morning at around 9.00 am, a car fitted with huge speakers and loud music drove around our neighbourhood in Nyali announcing something at ear-splitting decibels. And this is not the first time, either. Why?

And who allows this intrusion into our lives? I was later told that they were announcing some prayer meeting at Tononoka grounds. But, couldn't these people have used the other media like radio and/or t.v. to do this? Are they under the impression that we still live some one and a half century back when they had to inform people in this way. Come to think of it, there weren't any radios either, i.e. not everybody had them like now. Therefore, people went about using drums to attract attention and carrying placards with announcements written in various languages as the invention of the loud speaker was yet to come and very few people had cars.

Now, not only do we have cars which cost a lot of money to run in fuel (who pays for it?), but, nearly everybody has a radio though not a t.v. So, these announcements can be made via that media. And the few who don't even have a radio, will most likely be a very tiny minority who
will get their friends telling them about it.

But, there is absolutely no need for a vehicle to go around like in a typical banana republic making a racket everywhere! In fact, I have not noticed such a thing happening in even Nairobi. Why does officialdom allow this? Don't they know that while they might not have caught up,
the rest of the world including most in this country are supposed to be living in the 21st century?

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