Like almost every day, Freddy yesterday visited an agricultural entrepreneur for an interview. He was accompanied by J., his unofficial supervisor who bought the motor bike together with us, the one that is now stolen. When J. got a call about the motor during the interview, the farmer suddenly recognized the story: Hey you’re that guy that was robbed, I saw it on Facebook! That is how we discovered that the story has reached the news (The Star, The Laikipian), and the Laikipia Facebook page (at September 26).
The main point of the news item is that two people have been caught. We heard about this on Wednesday, when we were ordered to come to the police station. They want us to identify one of the robbers. I could not remember anything about the faces, but Freddy was prepared to try. He had to recognize the robber from a line of 8 men. It turned out to be the one who was hitting with the panga, and I am proud to say that he did recognize him! Now they will bring him to court. The doctor also has to testify. Because he has to arrange a replacement for the time he will spend in court, we had to pay him money.
This is also the moment to reflect on the reporting of the terrorist attack in Nairobi. For days on end, the tv broadcasts consisted of two elements: A livestream of the Westgate mall on such a distance that in fact all you could see was the enormous cloud of smoke, and announcements of press conferences that were finally held after having been postponed for half a day and then endlessly retold by the presenters. All of this above the banner ‘Breaking News’. During the press conferences we noticed that the authorities were extremely positive about their achievements and repeatedly announced victory, while there were still hostages. This column comments on these matters.
It so happens that in our family only Ivan has Facebook, so we can not Like the above. We leave that to the people who are more into social media, like the farmers in Laikipia.
(PS: I can not guarantee that all these hyperlinks are still working after a couple of weeks, but that is just the dynamic digital reality.)