SHOUTING MATCH: The war against corruption is, sadly, degenerating into a shouting match between some top politicians in the Opposition and those in the government, moans Charles Akelo, disgusted with the name-calling that he fears will only create animosity and not take the country a step further in tackling the menace.
Says he: “The best these people can do is to present the evidence of graft to the agencies charged with fighting it instead of making allegations at public rallies.”
TWO-THIRDS RULE: The most shocking thing about an advertisement placed prominently in the newspapers recently by Kenya Power, Mombasa resident Andrew Thuo says, is the skewed composition of the company’s senior management.
“Out of the 11 members of the senior management team, only one is a woman.”
Alluding to the two-thirds gender rule in appointments for public sector jobs, Andrew wonders whether CEO Ben Chumo and the board have read the relevant section of the Constitution.
BOREHOLE BREAKDOWN: Residents of Riverside Estate in Kiambu town feel terribly let down by the Kiambu Water & Sewerage Company, whose performance, Edith Thitu says, has been rather wanting.
The estate is supplied with water from a nearby borehole, but its pump is prone to frequent breakdowns and repairs often take as long as two weeks.
“If this company cannot do it, why not let Nairobi Water Company, which has a reservoir in the area, provide the service?” asks Edith, whose contact is [email protected]
IT WORKS: Online renewal of driving licences actually works, says National Transport and Safety Authority official Dominic M. Kabiru. An applicant, he adds, must first sign for an account with eCitizen by logging in to ntsa.ecitizen.go.ke and following prompts including entering one’s national identity card number, email address and phone number and uploading one’s photo.
Once payment has been confirmed, the applicant can print the renewal slip, which is also available in their eCitizen account. NTSA’s helpline is number 206632300.
FOLLOW-UP: Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, who must have his hands pretty full with all manner of problems and challenges in running the metropolis in the sun, is sometimes sabotaged by his own officials and perhaps needs a more efficient mechanism for following up on his directives.
George Ndara claims that some 16 months after the governor donated Sh100,000 to fire victims in Kariobangi in Eastlands, the intended beneficiaries have not received a single cent.
“Why should it take so long?” For more details, his contact is [email protected]
RIDICULOUS LAW: Of the numerous bylaws in force in Nairobi City County, Dr M.K. Adalja finds most ridiculous the one requiring the residents to seek permits from City Hall to paint their own houses.
But as if that is not bad enough, he adds, “it is almost impossible to get it without ‘a gift’ being demanded by the officials responsible for issuing that permit”.
He concludes: “It is a case of pointless red tape that only encourages corruption.”
ON SOVEREIGNITY: How can Kenyan claim to be independent when the British can restrict its citizens, including top leaders, from going to a part of their country and also bring in weapons local security forces do not know about? asks Prof Chris Macoloo.
Lauding Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed for lifting the lid on the “shocking arrangement” in Samburu, Prof Macoloo says: “They should be reminded that the only object on earth that still trembles before them is jelly pudding and that the sun set long time ago on the British Empire.”
Have a sovereign day, won’t you!
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