Janet Mbugua, Newscaster with KTN Television. Grew up in Mombasa, schooled there as well as in Nairobi as a boarding school student. Worked at Capital FM as a mid-morning presenter for just under a year in 2003 before leaving for further studies in Cape Town and Malaysia. Started writing in high school, notably a school play titled And so the Story Goes, that won the best script award for inter-house drama competition at Brook House school where I sat my I.G.C.S.E’s and A.S Level examinations. Picked up writing again last year and working on releasing a collection of poems and short-stories that cover a wide range of topics, mostly for women.
The Nakumatt Fire last night, shocked us for various reasons. We were afraid for people who might have been trapped in the fire. We were sad for the dozens who have likely lost a means for living. We were embarrassed by our city’s unpreparedness for disasters. We may have lost our heads and acted like buffoons out of curiosity, going to close to danger and making it difficult for the already challenged emergency services to do their job. We were proud of the men who put their lives in danger, civilian, armed and emergency forces, to stop the fire from spreading through our city. Times like these should halt us in our preoccupation to survive and reflect what we are doing personally to make this country as great as it should be. Mwenda Riungu has created just such a country,