EXPLOITATIVE CHARGES. Commercial banks are still robbing their customers in broad daylight despite a reduction in the cost of doing business in the country, charges Joe Ngige Mungai.
He asks: “How can one justify the 28 per cent interest charged on an overdraft or an unsecured loan and a negotiation fee of between 1.5 and two per cent? Someone should come to our rescue. On the right are banks and on the left, their cousins, the shylocks!”
NATIONAL DISASTER. Of the last 10 funerals he has attended in the recent past, Naivasha resident Joseph Macharia says six of the deaths were as a “result of the so-called lifestyle diseases — cancer, diabetes, and hypertension”, with the rest attributed to Aids, road accidents, and alcohol.
Joseph now wants to know when the government intends to declare cancer and diabetes national disasters “so as to attract more donor funding and save more lives”.
LOGBOOK HITCH. With the rains finally coming down, Peter Davies Otsuanda should be getting down to the business of cultivating his land, but he is unsettled.
The proud owner of a Ford tractor, Reg Ex-KUN 357, Peter has yet to receive the logbook, though it has already been registered as KTCA 186B, following an application he made to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.
He hopes the registrar will intervene to speed up the issuing of the logbook. His contact is 0724553656.
DANGEROUS ROAD. Can the NTSA spend some of the money it has collected in the fines slapped on drunken and speeding drivers to mark the lanes on the winding and hilly Keroka-Kisii road to make it safer? asks James T. Makori.
Driving along the road, especially during the current heavy rains, James moans, is not only a nightmare, it is also quite dangerous. “Even if one is completely sober, it takes a lot of effort to avoid veering off the road and plunging into one of the valleys.”
HELP! Frustrated about the failure by traffic police at Karen, Nairobi, to assist him, a desperate Robert Mathu asks: “Who should I bribe?”
While cycling on the Karen-Dagoretti Road, Robert says, he was knocked down by a matatu and admitted to hospital. On his discharge, he recorded a statement at Karen police station.
A week later, he learnt that the matatu driver had been charged with driving under the influence of the alcohol and that the vehicle was not even insured.
His contact is Tel 0714548348 or [email protected]
LIPSTICK JUNGLE. Looking at some women in the streets of Nairobi lately, Tevin Nzei, a self-proclaimed grooming guru, says he often feels like someone in a lipstick jungle.
Kenyan women, he adds, are “naturally beautiful” and he just cannot understand the obsession with “applying mounds of lipstick and other make-up”.
According to him, it does not make them any more beautiful and instead they end up looking like a bunch of clowns walking along the streets.
Have a pretty day, won’t you
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