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Neither Protected Nor Prepared.

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It's no secret that the country continues to struggle with both protecting itself and being prepared for life’s disastrous surprises (both natural and manmade). This continued lack was brought to the forefront of the nation’s general consciousness during the course of this week. It all began last week with twin explosions that occurred too close for comfort in Mombasa’s city centre (at the Stadium View Bar and Restaurant) and another in Mtwapa (at a Christian prayer meeting). That was how April began. Shocked and shaken up we soldiered on… Then came the April fool’s joke that was all too serious and none too funny; which one you ask, well the one where the 5th floor of Kimathi House on Kimathi Street in the nation’s Capital caught on fire due to an electrical fault. On this occasion the firemen where on the scene within minutes –which is not normally the case- but found themselves rather out of their depth in combatting the furious orange ball of flames that continued to consume ev…