2018: As We Draw Towards The End
By Pharis Disi & Anthony Musya
I woke up this morning and the first thing I did like any other millennial was to check my Whatsapp feeds. There was nothing much as I scrolled though my friends’ status updates. However, it was long after I had cast aside my phone that I remembered once meme saying, “Kama nilikukosea 2018, nitumie credit nataka kukuomba msamaha” loosely translated as “If I did you wrong, sent me airtime so that I can apologize.” The reason why this caught my attention is not because of the fun nor the pun associated with the meme but it was because it brought to my attention that the year 2018 was drawing towards a close.
But then, as the year ends, what really happened? Kenyans remember that we got into 2018 unhealed of the intense and divisive politics of the historical 2017 elections. What followed was period of political protest in NASA strongholds and in a number of places in the nation’s capital. We had cases of reported and alleged police brutality against citizens.
This was made worse by Hon. Raila Odinga refused to take in the repeat presidential elections and was effectively sworn in January as ‘the People President’. We even hard photos circulating that NASA strongholds secede from the larger Kenya as proposed by ODM strategist David Ndii. This brought a short period of tense peace. Then came the handshake; a rebirth of peace and ‘Hakuna matata’ got a renewed meaning.
Politics aside, Kenyans and the world in general were treated to a spectacular magical sporting event of the year, as the Marathon King Eliud Kipchoge affirmed his place as helm of long distance races.The soft spoken humble, Eliud Kipchoge smashed the previous world record by compatriot Dennis Kimetto by a massive one minutes and 16 seconds, clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds to retain his BMW Berlin Marathon
Still in matters sports, we cannot fail to note that 2018 is the year that saw Kenya qualify for 2019 AFCON. Kenya won two matches, drew in one and never lost any in Group F of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, topping the standing table with 7 points, being trained by our Ghanaian counterparts.
We cannot fail to notice the efforts of the Interior CS. Hon. Matiangi for trying to bring sanity on our roads by the recent crackdown on our roads. The effect saw that only road-worthy public service vehicles alias matatus operated on Kenyan roads. This came after an overloaded bus headed for Kisumu from Nairobi crashed and killed 50 individuals. The whip extended to private vehicle motorists, all had to meet the set standards for them to operate.
We have also seen the implementation of the proposed new curriculum being postponed for a year. Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed yesterday gave the strongest indication that the much-hyped rollout of the new school curriculum could be postponed. Amina said the new 2-6-3-3 Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), which was supposed to be launched in January, has been put on hold. “The design is fantastic but the devil is in the detail of implementation. We are doing all we can as a ministry to bring stakeholders on board,” the CS, accompanied by Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang told the committee.
As the year draws to the end, we can only hope that 2019 gets better. Let us all share the joy and laughter this festive season. Merry Christmas