PRACTICE OUTDATED. Given the frequent trips that President Uhuru Kenyatta has been making out of the country lately, Prof Sam Chege, writing from the US, says “it is time to rethink the age-old protocol where high-ranking government officials turn up at the airport to bid him farewell and return to welcome him back”.
The country has wasted precious hours and resources since independence through this practice.”
In developed countries, presidents fly in and out of their countries quietly every time.”
WHERE'S THE BEEF? For several years now, Dave Tumbula has been buying Ugandan sugar from Nakumatt Mega in Nairobi, and wonders what necessitated the signing of a special deal between President Kenyatta, and his counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, on sugar imports.
“Like the opposition leaders, I can also smell a rat. Just a few days ago, I picked up a pack of my favourite Lugazi sugar at the supermarket. Do Ugandan firms need preferential treatment to complete with our own millers who are struggling financially?”
ISSUE PASSPORT. Three months ago, Julius Opiyo’s daughter applied for a passport and was assured by Immigration Department staff that it would be ready for collection in two weeks, in line with a service charter that was developed as part of efforts to speed up delivery of essential public services.
Now worried that her travel plans could be thrown into disarray, Julius wonders what could have gone wrong.
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RALLIES USELESS. The Opposition rallies to oppose the decision to allow sugar imports from Uganda will not add any value to the efforts of the struggling farmers, says Aston Atemo. The whole thing just exposes the leaders’ hypocrisy, he says.
“The Cord chiefs held very senior positions government when the EAC and Comesa protocols were signed. Crying foul about the importation of Ugandan sugar instead of addressing our industry’s shortcomings is trying to exploit farmers’ plight for personal gain.”
A TOTAL COCK-UP. After Paul Kimiti complained about delays in connecting electricity to his home in Gatundu, Kiambu County, despite having paid the requisite charges through the Stima Rahisi scheme, a Kenya Power representative promptly called on him and he thought the long wait would be over soon.
But nothing happened and he went to the firm’s Thika office to check on the status. He was surprised to learn that matter had been closed after all the applicants were supposedly connected.
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WHY THE LETTER ‘A’? Listening to KBC Radio’s popular Did You Know trivia programme recently, W. Kimariech says he was thrilled to hear that the names of all the continents – Africa, Asia, America, Australia and Europe – begin with and end with the same letter.
A man with a lot of interest in history, Kimariech simply cannot help marvelling at the uncanny coincidence and wishes historians could shed some more light on the choice of those names.
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