THEY’RE DRIVING US NUTS: The National Transport Safety Board and Nema should crack down on the noisy minibuses plying the Kawangware Route 46, Nairobi, urges Wilson Karuri.
The matatus, he reports, are fitted with horns that are so loud that “they could make an elephant deaf”.
The cacophony, Wilson adds, begins at 4.30 a.m. daily, waking up entire neighbourhoods.
“We have had peaceful and silent mornings for years, so why are these new operators being allowed to break the law with impunity?” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT’S NOTHING UNUSUAL: The fellows who, after failing to attend funeral services, ask about what may have transpired do so in good faith, says Antony Njugi.
“When they ask, ‘How did it go?’, it is out of curiosity or remorse,” Antony adds. According to him, “many things are bound to happen, especially in the western region, where the dead sometimes “refuse to go, forcing the mourners to whip the bodies”.
Without giving any evidence, he insists that it is, “indeed, a true story”. His contact is email@example.com.
PLEASE, NOT FAMILY PROPERTY: Though not opposed to the reintroduction of the Capital Gains Tax, Isaac Githuthu has a word of caution, and he sincerely hopes President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Assembly will seriously consider it.
The tax, he pleads, should not be levied on family properties, especially when sharing out inheritance. Also, he urges, it should not apply to family residential houses when transferred from one spouse to another.
“The Bill is bound to create endless family wrangles.” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCARY PLACE OF WORSHIP: The most surprising thing Stephen Ngure has seen lately, he says, is the extraordinary security measures taken at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Jogoo Road, Nairobi, which he finds rather unusual for a place of worship.
“There is a high perimeter wall, complete with razor wire, an electric fence and a CCTV camera at the gate, and a security guard to boot. What would thieves hope to steal from this humble place of prayer? It looks scary!”
His contact is email@example.com.
OPEN HAZARD: That there is plenty of work for the Nairobi City County government authorities to do is not in doubt, says Kelvin Keya. But what he finds more irritating is the petty pilferage that has left many manholes, even in the central business district, without covers.
One potentially dangerous one, he adds, is to be found at the junction of Tom Mboya Street and Lagos Road. “There are many other trenches and potholes that pose a threat to pedestrians.”
His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A customer’s cry: On May 3, N. Waweru received a text message on his Safaricom line, informing him that he would be receiving free Bible quotations “for your own benefit”.
But soon afterwards, he noticed that he was losing Sh15 in airtime on receiving a quotation. Since then, he has been pleading with Safaricom’s customer care on No. 100 to discontinue the service, to no avail.
And as a result, he continues to lose money. “To date, this service that I didn’t want has cost me more than Sh1,000.” His number is 0721381783.
DUBIOUS DISTINCTION: One of Nairobi poshest residential areas, Kileleshwa is, ironically, also served by some of the “oldest and dirtiest” matatus in the entire metropolis, says Dr Jeremiah Akumu.
This, he adds, is apparently the dubious distinction of all the matatus that ply the Kileleshwa No. 48A route, taking commuters from the estate to the city centre and back.
“Can anyone dispute this?” poses Dr Akumu, whose contact is email@example.com.
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