Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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FINDING THE WAY. Though Kenya is “a blessed country full of promise, we seem to have got stuck somewhere”, claims Kanyi Gioko, adding that the only way out is to “go back to the basics and espouse that virtues that make us humane”. His prescription of success is “respect and openness”, which, he believes, will see the country progress. “See yourself in other people, have empathy and bit by bit, awaken the beautiful person within you. Nothing short of this internal awareness will see us through to Canaan.” His contact is [email protected]

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WHAT DO THEY DO? What is the work of the officers attached to the Deputy Presidential Strategic Communications Unit? asks Kamau Kamau, adding that they hardly respond when their boss is negatively mentioned in the media. In contrast, Kamau adds, Munyori Buku reacts to adverse news regarding President Kenyatta, Dennis Onyango speaks when Cord leader Raila Odinga is mentioned, and Kibisu Kabatesi often explains Amani coalition boss Musalia Mudavadi’s position on issues. “What does Deputy President William Ruto’s communication team do?” Kamau wants to know.

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PIPE REPAIRED. Nairobi Water Company, grateful to city resident Sam Ogolla for alerting it about a burst water pipe around Ring Road, at Westlands shopping centre, says the leakage has since been fixed. Regretting the inconvenience suffered by the residents and passersby, an official in the corporate affairs department confirms that the pipe was repaired on May 19. The problem, Sam had complained, started nearly a month ago when a contractor dug a trench to lay an optic-fibre cable and damaged the water pipe.

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STIFLING STENCH. And could the city water firm also as soon as possible go to the rescue of the residents of Lang’ata, near the Deliverance Church, who have had to put up with the stench from a blocked sewer for nearly two weeks, urges Andrew Munyua. Unless the city county government moves quickly, Andrew fears, a cholera outbreak cannot be ruled out in the neighbourhood. “It is terrible. We can’t have peace in our houses and yet we pay our taxes and rates.” His contact is [email protected]

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OBAMA UNIVERSITY. Ruaka, on Nairobi’s northwestern outskirts towards Limuru, now boasts a Barack Obama University, reports X. N. Iraki. It is not clear, he adds, whether the Commission for University Education has accredited the institution or who owns it and when it started, but there is a big sigh. “Could it have something to do with President Obama’s planned July visit? What is its curriculum? Might there be a unit like, ‘The life and times of the first black US President?’ I could volunteer to lecture in dowry negotiation.” His contact is [email protected]

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DANGEROUS NEGLIGENCE. While the whole world knows that rivers have floodplains to absorb excess water during heavy downpours, this knowledge seems to be lacking at local government levels in both Kenya and Uganda, says Jan Karel Sorgedrager. “And where the people know, they are not in a position to influence decisions or they turn a blind eye in return for hefty bribes. In Nairobi, despite loss of lives, construction on designated wetlands continues. How many more lives must be lost before something is done about this?” Jan’s contact is [email protected]
 
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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TIRESOME THREATS. Teachers have become a national nuisance for issuing strike threats almost every three months, remarks Maiko Sunzuki. The latest, Maiko adds, is over the increased NHIF monthly contributions. “Everybody is paying the new rates, why not the teachers? We are tired of these strikes.” The solution, he adds, is to create a database of all qualified teachers to be able to immediately replace those who go on strike, as they “seem to love this more than doing the work” for which they are employed. His contact is [email protected]

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IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR. The people, who are notorious for throwing plastic bottles and other objects through the windows of their cars and matatus are partly to blame for the clogging up of drains, remarks Isaac Mwaura, calling for their urgent education on civic responsibility. Nothing annoys him, he adds, like the tendency by some people to imagine that others will always be there to clean up the mess they leave behind. “Until this is done, we will continue to suffer flooding in the streets after heavy downpours,” Isaac warns. His contact is [email protected]

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FILTHY TOWN. Ngong Town in Kajiado County is notoriously filthy, moans Marline Maina, adding that squarely to blame for the mess are some of the residents themselves. A peculiar practice, she adds, is the digging of trenches even in the middle of the town, in which the residents shamelessly dump their garbage, which is left to rot and emit a stench. The worst of the trenches, according to her, are to be found near the town’s market and the matatu terminus. Her contact is [email protected]

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START AT HOME. Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s directive to demolish buildings on riparian areas and river beds does not go far enough in punishing those behind the construction making the city dangerous for its inhabitants, says Kamichore Mutindira. The plans, he adds, were approved by City Hall and the construction inspected by Planning Department officials. “He must first of all sack all the officials involved. And mark my word, no building will be demolished.” His contact is [email protected]

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PROPMT ACTION. The quick action taken by Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore to resolve network coverage challenges and enable farmers in Othaya Sub-County of Nyeri County to use their lines and make M-Pesa transactions is commendable, says Isaac Githuthu, who had made the appeal on behalf of the people of Mahiga, Munyange, and Gituiga. The people, he adds, “will forever be grateful to him. I wish all CEOs would emulate Mr Collymore’s management style.” His contact is [email protected]

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TINTED WINDOWS. The blanket condemnation of the use of tinted windows on cars is wrong, says Dennis Oketch, arguing that there are “special optical health conditions that can warrant the use of such”. He adds: “In an era when you can customise your car before delivery, it is common for people to have corrective glass integrated into the windscreen. It is legal elsewhere. It is just the regulatory bodies that ought to set acceptable and safe-tinting percentages.” For more details, Dennis can be reached through email [email protected]
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Monday, May 25, 2015

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NO OFFENCE. Rallying to President Kenyatta’s defence over his remark on the wrapping of meat in newspapers, Githuku Mungai says that during his address at a public rally in Bomet County, he did not say the papers should not be read first before being used by butchers the following day.

“I do not believe he wanted to offend newspaper people. I often give my newspaper to my 87-year-old father a day later. He worked as a printer with the Nation and the Standard for many years.”

His contact is [email protected]

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ABSURD ARGUMENT. The decision not to pay former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka their retirement benefits is absurd, remarks Mombasa resident Andrew Thuo.

He asks: “Can you imagine someone who worked for the Postal Corporation of Kenya, for instance, being denied their dues for having started a courier company? Politics aside, let’s sit down and reason together as Kenyans.”

His contact is [email protected]

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UNFULFILLED PROMISES When he retired, Daniel Kithokilo Nzuki had hoped that he would enjoy his security in old age that he had been promised by the National Social Security Fund during his working days, but never did, as he passed away, having followed up his payment in vain.

And three years later, his widow and son, Mark Mlee Kithokilo, are sick and tired of the dilly-dallying and unfulfilled promises.

His NSSF claim number is 00 11 47 34x and Mark’s contact, [email protected]

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DISAPPOINTED GRADUATE. Despite graduating with a diploma in Early Childhood Development and Education at the Globoville College, which is affiliated to the Presbyterian University of East Africa, Lorinah Mwaghoti says she is stuck as she has neither her certificate nor any official communication.

As a result, she claims, she has missed some jobs as she could not show proof of her credentials. “This is very disappointing. What is going on?”

Her index number is x10/2035/11 and her contact, [email protected]

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UNIMPRESSIVE. After she bought a soda from a Coca Cola depot in Nairobi and found a foreign body in the bottle, Juliet Okelele took up the matter with Nairobi Bottlers, but was not impressed with the way two supervisors tried to handle it.

To her utter surprise, they were only too eager to replace the bottle, without giving her an explanation. “Would they have accepted liability if I had drank the soda and something had gone wrong?”

She can be reached on Tel 0724010975 or through [email protected]

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UNIQUE BLEND. Evil has such a mysterious way of hiding under good, notes Morrison Muleri, alluding to the recent seizure of a large illegal haul of ivory in Singapore that was shipped from Mombasa port concealed as tea.

He asks: “How could they hide illegal ivory in tea? That is such a devilish way to blend our tea!” At this rate, Morrison warns, nobody in the international market will trust our tea again.

He quips: “We are using what kills us to kill what keeps us alive!” His contact is [email protected]

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

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PENSION DEBATE. Unlike Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki, who retired after serving their two five year-terms in line with the Constitution, there is nothing in the law that prevents former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka from engaging in politics or even vying for the top position in the next General Election, says Wycliffe Makokha. The two, he adds, are not unlike the top civil servants, who on retiring are still appointed to other jobs and are “never denied their retirement benefits.” His contact is [email protected]

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POLITICAL LESSONS. Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza must have taken his political lessons from Kenya seriously, charges Njora Waweru, adding: “His argument that he has only served one elective five-year term under his country’s constitution, having been selected by Parliament for the first one, was successfully used by retired President Moi.” In 1992, Njora recalls, President Moi, who had been in power for 14 years already, argued that that tenure was under the old Constitution. He would later be elected for two more five-year terms. His contact is [email protected]

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POWER RATIONING. Can Kenya Power technicians go to the rescue of the residents of Nairobi South ‘C’, who have since the flooding that followed two days of heavy downpours been experiencing power outages daily from 3pm to 11pm? Carolyne Cheptumo pleads. By the time electricity is restored, she adds, the children will be asleep, having struggled to do their homework using lamps. “If this is some kind of power rationing, why not switch off after 11pm?” she pleads. Her contact is [email protected]

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WHAT A SHAME! Why isn’t the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology at Juja promptly paying its part-time lecturers after they have diligently fulfilled their part of the bargain? M.M. Wairimu is appalled that an institution that is proudly marking its 20th anniversary could be treating its key service providers so shabbily. Some of the lecturers, she claims, have pending payments dating back to 2013. For the details, her contact is [email protected]

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LOST AND FOUND. A public-spirited Ibrahim Sheikh has a message that will be music to Nairobi resident Veronica Mugure Mwangi’s ears. Veronica, Ibrahim advises, should not go through the time-consuming process of having to apply for a duplicate of her lost national identity card because it has been found and is in safe hands. She can collect the document from Bidii Communication Limited on Eastleigh’s 12th Street, near the Equity Bank branch. If she has any difficulties, she should call him on Tel. 0720718282 or drop him a line at [email protected]

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NEGLIGENCE. Having lost four fairly good car tyres due to the badly damaged roads, thanks to the awfully poor drainage in Nairobi, Mohammed Fazal Hussein is contemplating suing the city county government for compensation. Though he has also spent a tidy sum on body work repairs, Mohammed says the pain of the spending on tyres is made worse by the fact that the county officials are always eager to slap all manner of penalties on the residents. His contact is [email protected]


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Saturday, May 23, 2015

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AMEND CONSTITUTION: The proposal to change the Constitution to allow presidential candidates to vie for other positions in the same General Election is in bad taste and should be rejected, says Maina Mwangi. “If you know that you cannot win the presidency, simply do not go for it,” adds Maina, rejecting the bid to provide a soft landing for weak candidates gunning for the highest office in the land. “This will only encourage the mushrooming of briefcase political parties.” He hopes the suggestion will be flatly rejected. His contact is [email protected]

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SO TYPICAL: The political crisis in Burundi, whose President, Pierre Nkurunziza, is trying to force his election for a third term, violating his own country’s constitution, is typical of the selfish African leadership, remarks Samsam Oresi. He is, therefore, not surprised that other African leaders have not come out strongly to condemn Nkurunziza’s actions, “confirming that they harbour similar thoughts”. =He poses: “Why would any Moses want to lead dead people to the Promised Land. We need leaders and not rulers.” His contact is [email protected]

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SPLIT MINISTRY: When the rumoured Cabinet reshuffle finally happens, Benjamin Ashuma hopes what he has been dreaming about all along will be realised. He wants the rather unwieldy Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism headed by Phyllis Kandie split, “as it is too large a portfolio for one Cabinet Secretary to manage and give the same attention to the three distinct areas”. On its own, he believes, the tourism sector will be able to push the country to higher economic levels than today. His contact is [email protected]

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UNNECESSARY THREAT: Cord leader Raila Odinga’s threat to boycott the 2017 General Election is uncalled for, considering the “commendable steps made in electoral reforms in recent years”, says George Otieno. Such talk, he warns, is “bound to raise political tensions and mistrust”. According to him, for a democracy to work, all must accept that in any election there must be winners and losers. “The IEBC is now mature enough to diligently discharge its mandate after learning from its past weaknesses”. His contact is [email protected]

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SIMILAR WORK: There are too many government institutions supposed to do nearly the same thing, and yet little no work is being done, moans Thomas Yebei. The recent flooding mess in Nairobi, he adds, points to inefficiency in several key organisations, including the Kenya Roads Authority, Kenya National Highways Authority and Kenya Urban Roads Authority, and relevant ministries at the national and county levels. “Why should we have clogged up drains and yet these institutions are allocated huge budgets?” His contact is [email protected]

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CEO’S RESPONSE: Safaricom has noted subscriber Isaac Githuthu’s recent complaint about the “network coverage challenges our customers experience in parts of Mahiga location of Nyeri county” and is doing something about it, assures CEO Bob Collymore. Plans “are at an advanced stage”, he adds, to build two sites at Mahiga Market and in Munyage to address the problem using part of the Sh30 billion the company has invested in improving the quality, capacity and network coverage in the last one year.

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THANK YOU: Kenya Airways may be going through a rough patch financially, but it is not all gloom at the airline! A happy customer, who has asked not to be named, says his confidence in the national carrier was strengthened after he flew back to Nairobi from Johannesburg on May 16 aboard Kenya AIrways Flight 761. He forgot his laptop on the seat when he disembarked. He went back to the airport on Monday and was directed to the security office. To his relief, he found his laptop secure and intact. “Keep up the exemplary conduct.”

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Friday, May 22, 2015

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ROGUE CABINET: Could this be a rebel cabinet or what? asks George Mburu, stunned to hear that none of the 23 directives issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta on the implementation of the Jubilee administration’s flagship projects meant to endear the leadership to the voters has been implemented in the past two years.

“It is shocking, to, say the least. Then why does the President retain the rogue Cabinet?” The President, he adds, must wield the whip now or never. His contact is [email protected]

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STATE SECRET: Why do government departments treat any data at their disposal as if it is matter of national security? asks a frustrated Mungai Kihanya. For the past two weeks, he adds, he has struggled to get from the Meteorological Department the amount of rainfall recorded in Nairobi, and failed to make any headway.

“I have tried calling, emailing, Facebooking, tweeting, and all came to naught!” And he wonders if that explains “why their forecasts are so unrealiable!”. His contact is [email protected]

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TINTED WINDSHIELD: There has been a sharp increase in the number of motor vehicles, especially the 4x4s and new saloon cars with tinted front windscreens, notes Abdi Mohamed. He simply cannot understand why the front windshield, which the manufacturer made clear for good visibility, should ever be tinted.

“It also looks not just rude, but also dangerous to tint all the windows on a vehicle. What are they hiding? It simply dangerous and should be discouraged by the NTSA,” pleads Abdi, whose contact is [email protected]

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BAN PLASTIC BAGS: The real cause of the terrible flooding witnessed during two days of heavy rains in Nairobi is the polythene bags menace, says David Motari. The careless disposal of these bags and other plastics, he adds, is to blame for the clogging up of the drainage system, and hence the flooding.

“We are daily shooting ourselves in the foot and loudly crying that the government has failed us.” According to him, the solution is to ban the use of polythene. His contact is [email protected]

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GARBAGE: While it is okay for Nairobi residents to complain about the flooding that wreaked havoc in neighbourhoods and roads in most of the city, Frank Laurence says it is important that some discipline is inculcated in them on prudent disposal of garbage, especially plastic bottles.

He would like to see a return to the set-up in the old days when garbage was collected regularly and on time or “else we will soon see the city sinking into garbage”. He pleads: “Let us save our environment for the future of our children.” His contact is [email protected]

Have a nostalgic day, won’t you!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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RIPPED OFF: Trade unions cannot continue to bury their heads in the sand as their members are ripped off through the new high National Hospital Insurance Fund rates, says Joe Ngige Mungai.

The unions’ sole responsibility, he adds, is to protect workers. The hue and cry over the increased contributions is simply because there were not enough consultations to reach a consensus. If the NHIF mismanaged the funds at a deduction of Sh320, how about triple that amount?”

His contact is [email protected]

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SHODDY WORK: The ongoing rains have thoroughly exposed the poor workmanship by most road contractors in Mombasa County, remarks Collins Mwatati.

Potholes that had been filled in and other repairs done less than a year ago have simply been washed out, leaving the roads looking worse than before.

“Why can’t the county hire better contractors, even from abroad? In the long run, it will be more expensive as the same roads will have to be repaired again at an additional cost to the taxpayer.” For the details, his contact is [email protected]

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INCONVINIENCE: Joytown Special School, Thika School for the Blind, and St Patrick’s Special School, all important institutions catering for learners with difficulties, are located in Thika Town, to the inconvenience of many of the intended beneficiaries, says Joe Ngige Mungai.

He wishes they were situated in some of the local places such as Madaraka and Kamenu. As a result, he adds, the pupils have to be ferried some 15km away to take part in co-curricular activities. Over to the Kiambu County Education Board! His contact is [email protected]

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LONG WAIT: Can Kenya Power CEO Ben Chumo find some time from his busy schedule to intervene to have electricity connected to the home of an elderly man who applied in September 2012, and has almost given up hope? pleads his son, Mugai Kabiru.

If it is not possible, he adds, then the company should refund the old man’s money, preferably with a reasonable interest. The reference is No. E25202011070487 and the distraught son’s contact, Tel 0729163808 or [email protected], in case the boss wishes to have a word with him.

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STOP ATTACKS: The increasing attacks on and blatant harassment of journalists in the course of duty is worrying, says W. Kimariech, stunned, no doubt, by the most recent incident, which occurred in Kisii County last week.

“Could this upward trend in the attacks be the spiralling effect of the open disrespect for the media by our leaders? The abuse of media practitioners by security personnel and the demeaning treatment at the hands of some officials, he adds, should be stopped. His contact is [email protected].

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LAST RESPECTS: For as long as smaller players made the mistake, Janet Koi was ready to overlook it, but not anymore, when the offender is a reputable organisation, Kenyatta University.

Janet has seen hearses belonging to several small funeral homes advertising in big letters that they offer the best “last respect” services, but ignored this until she saw the error emblazoned on a Kenyatta University funeral vehicle. Says she: “It is ‘last respects’. For KU to allow the mistake to run for a year is surprising.” Her contact is [email protected]

Have a respectful day, won’t you!

Monday, May 18, 2015

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POOR PLANNING. The heavy flooding in Nairobi, following two days of heavy rains, Ruth Gituma says, has confirmed her “worst fears about the city’s overstretched infrastructure”.

That the roads, including the much-touted Thika superhighway, have been clogged up, she adds, is hardly surprising. According to her, it all boils down to lack of proper planning.

“If the developers took time to plan roads and drains, they would not be flooding.”

She is now worried about the possible outbreak of an epidemic. Her contact is [email protected]

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WELL DONE! A rare accolade for the traffic police in Nairobi comes from James Mbugua, who says they deserve commendation for a job well-done during the heavy rains and floods on Monday and Tuesday night.

“As the motorists and their passengers sat in the warmth of their cars, the officers braved the rains, floods, and cold to make sure that the city did not come to a complete standstill. Though we got home late, it could have been worse had they not been there. May your bosses provide you with more appropriate clothing.”

His contact is [email protected]

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APPALLING SERVICE. Regular Fly540 patron DA is appalled at the airline’s declining services. On three occasions recently, flights were delayed for hours. The worst case, he adds, was on May 8, when a 6.15am Nairobi-Kisumu flight departed at 9am.

But he is even more irked by the casual manner in which the staff and management treat passengers.

“Hardly do they provide information and they behave as if they are doing us a favour. The graveyard is never full of enterprises that once looked promising! Unless Fly540 changes tack, it may be a potential candidate soon,” he warns.

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WE ARE SORRY. The management of Upper Hill Medical Centre in Nairobi has noted and appreciates Grace Okara’s challenge to maintain its high standards as a first-class health facility.

“We are sorry that she was disappointed with the state in which she found one washroom. We promise to maintain the washrooms to high standards to the satisfaction of the over 2,000 clients who visit each day to consult over 60 medical specialists. And we wish Grace good health!”

Their contact is [email protected]

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FIX THIS. For nearly a month now, a burst water pipe in the middle of Ring Road Parklands, near The Oval, in Nairobi, has been pouring clean water into a trench that runs across the road a few metres away, moans Sam Ogolla.

The problem, he adds, started after the road was dug up for the laying of fibre-optic cables, but the contractor and the city water firm have failed to fix the water. “As a result, cars splash dirty water on pedestrians.”

His contact is [email protected]

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MATATU MENACE. Who will end the matatu menace at the Kiambu Road flyover? asks G. Michael, appalled at the public service vehicle drivers’ and touts’ antics. “The matatus stop in the middle of the ramp, impeding the movements of other motorists trying to turn into Kiambu.”

The only way the National Transport and Safety Authority can convince him that it is keen on making the roads safe, he adds, is to ensure that matatus follow traffic rules.

“This stop-wherever-you-want mentality must end.” His contact is [email protected]

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

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UNHYGIENIC SUGGESTION. The top national leaders, who have been advising fellow Kenyans to use newspapers only to wrap meat instead of reading them are wrong, says Nairobi resident Francis Addikah, adding that it is, in fact, unhygienic to do so.

Francis, no doubt thinking about the newsprint ink, which could easily poison the food and endanger lives, is hoping that someone will urgently tell the leaders to stop the disparaging talk about wrapping meat in newspapers.

His contact is [email protected]

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HIGH ESTEEM. President Kenyatta may have annoyed many people with his apparent snobbish jab at newspapers, which he sees as only good for wrapping meat, but not David Jasondu, who says he grew up in abject poverty in the village when anything associated with meat was premium.

“Meat was such a delicacy and the preserve of a few, including teachers, who incidentally, only bought it during month end. The President may unwittingly have upheld the journalists’ esteem by associating them with meat, even as he seemed to express his own privileged status.”

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INFORMATION VALUE. The talk about using newspapers to wrap meat is not only far-fetched; it is a mockery of hardworking professionals, “who toil every day to put together the informative and educative stories that we read”, says Charles Akelo.

Faulting the President for trivialising the media, Charles says such comments only remind him of his days in primary school, when at the end of the year some pupils burnt their books “thinking they were done completely”, instead of keeping them for future reference.

His contact is [email protected]

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GAME PLAN. What is “eating Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto”? asks Prof Sam Chege, who has been keenly following the man’s political antics from his base in Kansas in the United States.

The URP governor, Prof Chege adds, has “become a constant irritant” to his own party leader, Deputy President William Ruto, and President Kenyatta in the Jubilee coalition.

“What is Governor Ruto’s game plan? Does he hope to become a running mate of a presidential candidate in the 2017 General Election?”

His contact is [email protected]

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NIGHTMARE ROAD. Ngong Road, one of the major arteries linking Nairobi to the expansive Kajiado County, remains a single-carriageway despite the huge increase in traffic in recent years, moans Mwaura wa Ngundi.

He adds: “The traffic congestion on this road is the stuff of nightmares, as, for instance, it takes two hours to cover the one-kilometre stretch between Lenana School and Dagoretti Corner, even during off-peak hours. The two counties should help ease the suffering of the users of this road.”

His contact is [email protected]

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SHAME! SHAME! A word of kudos to Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko and his Sonko Rescue Team arrives from Nathaniel Gaitho for leading the rescue of the children who had been trapped in a partly submerged Makini School bus during flooding  in the South C area.

However, Nathaniel is appalled that Nairobi and the country, at large, lack the capacity to deal with such disasters. “A journalist tried to get help by calling the who is who and the Red Cross, in vain. What a shame!”

His contact is [email protected]  

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

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POOR DRAINAGE: The suffering of Nairobi residents on Monday and Tuesday in traffic as entire roads were flooded is an indictment of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s administration, says David Jasondu.

“A city where people can’t reach their homes or workplaces whenever it rains is a reminder of medieval times when humans lived at the mercy of nature. The major cause of the floods is poor drainage, whose solution does not require master plans.”

He lists Uhuru Highway, Mombasa, Lang’ata and Thika roads as crying out for proper drains.

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DIRTY CITY: Nairobi is quickly deteriorating into a filthy slum, charges Diana D’Souza, disturbed that the city county government does not seem bothered about the growing squalor.

Unlicensed kiosks and illegal car wash bays, she complains, are not only dirtying but also destroying almost the entire city.

And for a good two months now, she claims, unsupervised workers have been deployed along Lavington’s Mugumu, Mageta and Jacaranda roads, where they do pretty little.

For more details, her contact is [email protected]

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NEGLECTED ROAD: Juja Road, Nairobi, which is a key link to the popular Garissa Lodge shopping centre, has been left in a shocking state of neglect for almost two years despite the revenue in rates and licences the city county government rakes in from the area, says Asif Bukera.

There are not only “massive potholes, but also broken sewers”. He is challenging the city roads department to save motorists the agony of damaged vehicles and the city water firm to keep epidemics away. His contact is [email protected]

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MATTER RESOLVED: Safaricom has confirmed that an agent did not hand over money to Michael Odhiambo though his Sh1,400 withdrawal was completed and his account debited on April 24, says CEO Bob Collymore, adding: “Appropriate action was taken on Wednesday morning and the matter resolved”.

With Odhiambo having finally received the cash in his account, Collymore is now pledging to establish the facts behind the agent’s actions.

“We encourage our subscribers to alert us immediately should any similar cases arise with our agent network.”

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‘IRRITATING’ ADVERT: A “most irritating and inappropriate” commercial that is bothering Agatha Njeri is the Dumu Zas one in which a man brags about being able to marry many wives, whose houses he has roofed with different iron sheets.

It says that another, who is not able to roof his house with Dumu sheets, cannot have many wives.

She is pleading for its withdrawal because it does not make her feel good about the iron sheets, and others could be feeling the same.

Her contact is [email protected]

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COW OIL: Having noted the increasing use by some women in Nairobi and elsewhere of the cow milking jelly, Arimis, Joan Nyarombe would not be left behind.

She rushed to get herself a can with the portrait of a cow. Nyarombe did not realise the surprise that lay ahead for her as it just never came to her.

Says she: “My five-year-old son started crying on the first day that I applied the Arimis jelly on him, protesting that I was applying a cow’s oil on him.”

Her contact is [email protected]

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NAKURU AIRPORT: “Could the talk about Nakuru airport be real or just hot air by the people involved?” asks local resident Wachieni Wanini.

In fact, he adds, “somebody needs to explain to us why we do not have an airport in a town of its status”.

Wachieni is not impressed with some of the explanations that have been given in the past: the soil being unstable, the possibility of aircraft interfering with birds’ migratory patterns and lack of land.

He wants to hear something more solid. His contact is [email protected]

Have a high-flying day, won’t you!

PO Box 49010, Nairobi 00100

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