Coastweek -- We
must all have cases that happened to us, that we know or were
witness to where an action led to some additional consequences
that were different from the original intent of the action,
writes TETI KAMUGUNDA.
range from the mundane to the bizarre.
consequences happen immediately and others have an impact much
permanent and other temporary.
be reversed and others are irreversible.
Kachumbari was sitting at his favourite corner in the bar at one
of the golf clubs in town after a round of the game on a Sunday
he was surrounded by his cronies and they were each quaffing
their favourite tipple.
arranged to play as a group and decided they would order lunch
I was in
the group having been invited by Kachumbari to join them.
drink began to take effect late in the afternoon, the topic of
conversation drifted from the flavour of the week – demolitions
and the now infamous “green monster” or Sany – to things that
went wrong on the golf course.
were given and most were actions that led to unintended
example was when one of the team went to play a golf ball that
had landed in a sand trap (or bunker for the golfing
player set himself up for the shot which was fortunately for him
on an upslope in the bunker.
was a bit severe.
player did the standard set up by shuffling his feet in the sand
in order to create a firm base.
went ahead and set himself up then took a few swings in the air
to prepare for his shot.
addressed the ball ready to strike, took his back swing and then
took a swing at the ball.
the ball completely and the momentum that he had generated in
the swing, which had now not been used in striking the ball, led
to the club leaving his hand, sailing forward and striking one
of his fellow players before landing on the ground.
Fortunately, a lot of the energy had been expended in the flight
of the golf club and the damage inflicted on the other player
was not significant.
the team gave the example of a friend of his from Kenya who went
visiting in London. During his stay he was taken to a party by
It was a
large boisterous event with plenty of people in the trend and
the people, including the Kenyan visitor were in their
mid-twenties to late thirties.
party went on the Kenyan lad got cosy with a very curious
plenty to eat and drink and got talking over a wide range of
subjects as well as interacting with the party crowd.
led to another and before they know it, they ended up at the
lady’s apartment for a one night romp.
the following morning, the Kenyan lad having sown his oats, left
the place with a promise to come back later in the day and
continue making better acquaintance.
would then get their contacts and more information.
getting back to his host’s place, he was told that there had
been a bereavement at one of his close relative’s homes and he
was wanted back in Kenya.
He had to
leave that day and in making his preparations and with all the
communication he had to make he completely forgot about the
agreements that he had made with the English lass and left the
not have to return to the UK then but did so for four years
later to take up a job and when he did, he decided on the off
chance to look up the lass that he had met at the party on his
hoping to pick up from where they had left now that he was going
to be in the country for a longer time.
decided to work his way as he could best remember to the
location where her apartment should have been.
the street name but that was all he could remember.
from memory rather than using the normal address and came to
what he thought was the apartment block and made his way there.
asking around a bit he was eventually shown to the apartment
that seemed to belong to the person fitting his description.
the door bell and after a few minutes the door opened and he saw
a familiar face.
indeed the lass he met up with at the party. She looked fuller
and was very cautious in her greetings.
establishing his bona fide, she let him into her apartment.
went to sit, the Kenyan lad was nearly bowled over by a very
happy dog that came bounding into eth room and in a hurry to
greet the new arrival in the apartment.
As he was
being settled with a cup of tea and some biscuits and some small
conversation the conversation was disturbed by a loud protesting
left the room and came back with a baby and proceeded to put the
baby in a small cot in the corner of the living area.
Kenyan lad went cold and began to wonder whether he had made the
right decision by walking into a married woman’s house.
no obvious sign of a male occupant but with a baby, he assumed
that she was married. He made small talk and was trying to work
up a get out line when the lass asked how much time he had.
he had an engagement in another two hours but wanted to pass by
a shop to collect some material before the engagement.
she had a few things to do as well but wanted to catch up
quickly before he left.
gave him the full works.
that she was still single and had conceived soon after their
encounter and was convinced that the baby was his because of his
averred that she had not made contact with anyone with dark
complexion before and after their encounter.
of eth way they parted, not having exchanged contacts, she had
not known how to get hold of him and all attempts to make
connections from the large crowd that was the party drew blanks.
the start of a very intense discussion that is still going on
about six months later.
young people are still trying to get to terms with their
situation and work out what to do since they were both about to
start a new chapter in their lives.
this was just another case of unintended consequences but this
with more serious repercussions for the players in the story.
these two episodes mean for motorists?
that our actions, or lack of action, on the road and especially
when they are not in observance of the expected behaviour on the
roads can have unintended consequences.
be minor – like making someone else brake suddenly or take
evasive actions with the resulting rush of blood and elevated
may have more serious consequences such as permanent disability
or even death.
to very clearly think our actions through before we take them.
to follow the law and rules so that we are shielded from others’
Unintended consequences are lurking in every corner but when one
is on the road with all this machinery hurtling around, the
outcomes are riskier than in other settings
Kachumbari says, safe and responsible driving will reduce the
chances of actions that lead to unintended consequences.
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