BE CAUTIOUS ON GMOS. As debate rages on genetically modified products, Lynne Bailey thinks there is more to the pro-GMO lobby than meets the eye. She asks: “Why are so many European and some African countries banning the use of GMO products, environmentally harmful insecticides that appear to be killing off pollinators, and ‘super weeds, until more studies are done, if it’s harmless?” The authorities should be more vigilant about the threat to Kenyans’ health “until all the claims are proven”. Her contact is email@example.com.
LIFT THIS TAX. The scarcity of land in towns makes a case for the construction of high-rise buildings, some up to five floors, but they have no lifts, as required by the building by-laws because these items are simply too expensive for many developers, says George Mburu. He is, therefore, appealing to the government to consider removing duty on lifts or the materials used to make them so that they can be more affordable for installation in the tall buildings coming up. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELATED BY AQUAFRESH. A thoroughly elated Njoroge Kiratu says his favourite toothpaste, Aquafresh Extreme Clean, is back on the shelves of supermarkets and shops in Nairobi, thanks to an enquiry by a reader that was published by Watchie. Njoroge adds: “I believe the debate about its disappearance may have prompted the manufacturer to consider returning the toothpaste to the shelves in Nairobi and elsewhere. I am very grateful for this.” His contact is email@example.com.
BRIBERY IS TWO-WAY. As the recent police recruitment is condemned for the apparent rampant bribery, Vincent Mariita is disappointed that the finger is being pointed only at the Kenya Police Service teams sent out to do the job, and not the other side, without which the corruption would never have happened. “Why do we so conveniently forget that bribery is a two-way act? Why blame only the police officers and not the citizens who offered bribes for their candidates to be picked? We are all guilty.” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMPATHY, NOT OBSESSION. The reason for what someone called “Kenyans’ obsession with death”, Lucy Ann says, is “that those affected either directly or indirectly by such devastating circumstances need empathy, and sometimes sympathy, to weather the storms”. The large attendance at funerals, she argues, “gives encouragement and hope to the bereaved”. According to her, “those celebrating the joy of newborns deserve it, but they do not desperately need to be joined by others”.
SPELLING ATROCIOUS. Many small kiosks often have misspellings in their menus, but they are not the only culprits, says Josiah Mugo, adding that many prime businesses in Nairobi, too, make a mess of signage and annotation. “From spelling mistakes, inappropriate font sizes and clashing colours to misplaced signboards, they make a mockery of the graphic design profession.” At the APA Arcade at Hurlingham, he adds, there is, for example, Puffins Stationary, as the name of a shop that sells paper, pens and ink. His contact is email@example.com.
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