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Hotelier Mohamed Hersi pens a touching reflection slamming Kenyan politicians for endless politicking and lessons from Covid-19 pandemic

Mohamed Hersi is the chairman of Coast Hotel and Tours Operators Association. The pleasant gentleman is an astute businessman, and currently the boss at leading travel firm, Pollman Tours and Safaris.

The veteran hotelier is vocal, and has the region’s trending topics and issues on his fingertips. While Mr. Hersi regularly features on press conferences due to his influential roles in the country’s tourism scene, he’s also very active on social media, especially Twitter – exchanging barbs and witty comebacks with all and sundry.

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The tourism sector has been badly hit by the ravaging pandemic COVID-19, with most hotels closing down. Also keeping low on his end, Mohamed has penned an interesting piece on his reflections about the virus, in absence of the daily politicking Kenyans endure.

He writes:

With politics having taken a back seat, Kemri is suddenly able to make a Covid-19 test kit that can give results in 15 minutes.

 Kitui, a semi-arid, not well endowed county is now producing masks en-mass for both Kenya and the region. China is either locked or no flights.

 Two students have managed to make a prototype ventilator which is believed to work with just a few changes. Can you imagine, for once, what we can achieve if we gave space and financial support to these intelligent and creative young men and women – through incubation centers?

Msa Governor, Hon. Hassan Joho as he unveils the latest ventilator machines newly acquired for the county
Msa Governor, Hon. Hassan Joho as he unveils the latest ventilator machines newly acquired for the county

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 Our hygiene levels have suddenly gone up!

 Elusive water is now available while the notorious water cartels who create artificial shortage and their rubbish bowsers have been forced into a corner.

 We are now all forced to bury our loved ones within 24 hours which means no more dancing on the graves of our kin through un-necessary divisive politics. To the politician whose main task was to look for a funeral to politic, well, God is angry. He has stopped it.  Go reflect hard. 

 Ordinary Kenyans like my Brother Pankaj Shah are busy feeding the crowds that go to those useless rallies.

 The politicians have now taken a hiding.

 Post Covid-19, if we ever get there, I pray we do, the world will never be the same again.

Meru Governor, Hon. Kiraitu leads fumigation exercise in Meru Town
Meru Governor, Hon. Kiraitu leads fumigation exercise in Meru Town

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 Kenyans, you can now see you are on your own, go reflect hard.

 If only we spent our time and energy in value addition activities as opposed to useless political rallies 24/07 – 365 days a year, we would have built a stronger health system and a strong social system.

 Covid-19 is a serious equalizer.

 The privileged, elite class can no longer take a flight to Mumbai, London or Johannesburg to receive that special care or visit that Sangoma in Durban.

 Mother Nature has said: Stay in your country. Even worse, Stay Home.

 You get to a point money is no longer king and that time is now. It has come to pass in our lifetime.

 Time to seriously reflect.

 Well, as always, I choose to remain an optimist that we all see the light and we all work hard to beat this virus. I hope and pray that we shall come out wiser. To the political class we hope you reflect hard through this humbling experience.

Nairobi County employees fumigate Ngara Market on the onset of the pandemic
Nairobi County employees fumigate Ngara Market on the onset of the pandemic

 Well, interesting and factual, right?

 

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