LEARN FROM MANDELA: Leaders, especially African presidents, should learn from Nelson Mandela to shun the trappings of greatness and conduct themselves well, Mulwa Sadat advises.
“They should know that they will never get close to Mandela if their idea of greatness is about corruption, land-grabbing, nepotism, rigging elections, and eliminating their opponents and silencing dissent. The way to greatness is through humility.” His contact is email@example.com.
WAY TO GO: The renaming of Nairobi’s Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, as Safaricom Stadium Kasarani is a step in the right direction, says Wambua Musembi. He is particularly excited about the huge benefits that have come with the rebranding, which, he declares, makes a lot of sense.
The next, he urges, should be the Nyayo National Stadium, whose renaming by Coca Cola was scuttled some time back. “We do not need one person’s name on every school, village centre, and hospital, and with no benefit accruing from it.” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNFAIR CHARGE: Can Kenya Airways, please, explain to regular customer David Kinyanjui why someone booking a ticket online should be charged a fee? David says he was surprised to note that the fee is about eight per cent of the cost of the ticket, excluding taxes. “So, who gets the booking fee when I have done it myself?” he asks, wondering whether this is not a ploy by KQ to reap where it has not sown. His contact is David.Kinyanjui@ke.ey.com.
PARKING STATION: The time has come for private investors or the Nairobi City County government to invest in numerous high-rise parking blocks to ease the acute shortage of parking space, especially in the city centre, says Dave Tumbula.
Such buildings, he adds, should be properly designed to include little restaurants and supermarkets for the convenience of motorists. “This will be a win-win situation for the motorists and the county, whose revenue will be boosted.”
CORRUPT OFFICERS: Who will save the owners and drivers of commercial motor vehicles from the dragnet thrown around Waiyaki Way, Nairobi, by extortionist traffic police officers? asks John Kamau.
The wayward officers, he says, often flag down trucks, yank the door to the driver’s cabin open, and get in to demand bribes. “All the trucks plying this route must stop and the standard ‘fine’ they pay for trumped up offences is Sh2,000.” In case the authorities want the details, John’s contact is email@example.com.
COMFORTABLE TRAVEL: Looking forward to travelling by deluxe train from Nairobi to Bujumbura, once the new railway line that was launched in Mombasa recently is laid across East Africa, George Gathu says road travel has been a nightmare.
Citing the agony in the 500-kilometre journey between Mombasa and Nairobi, George wishes the other East African countries had also started building their sections of the standard gauge railway for a simultaneous transition. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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