DEADLY DRUGS: Nothing has lately alarmed Calvin Japheth more than the many “mobile pharmacies” operating in the streets and in buses, precisely because the authorities do not seem bothered about this potentially deadly drugs merchandising by hawkers.
Says he: “This poses a grave danger just like the terrorist attacks. No one knows whether the companies the hawkers purport to represent actual exist or a sham.” The Pharmacy and Poisons Board, he urges, should urgently take up the matter with the seriousness it deserves to curb the danger. His contact is [email protected]
TAXI WARS: The raging conflict between the Kenya Taxi Cab Association and the new Uber Technologies Inc operators, Amir Yusuf says, reminds him of similar past reactions when new innovations such as the mobile phone, electronic mail, and M-Pesa were introduced.
“Quite a number of businesses that had refused to change were changed with devastating consequences. By last May, Uber was operating in 58 countries and more than 300 cities. I would just advise the taxi fellows to join Uber or perish.” His contact is [email protected]
JURISDICTION: The Kenyan National Highways Authority has noted an appeal for the maintenance of the Airport North Road at Embakasi, Nairobi, by clearing overgrown bush that obstructs drivers’ view.
However, KeNHA corporate affairs manager Charles Njogu wishes to clarify that the road does not fall under their jurisdiction and is the responsibility of the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura). But the authority has a framework dubbed, Road Corridor that entails daily monitoring of its national trunk road network to identify and fix any problems. His contact is [email protected]
BAD ROADS: The state of roads in the Parklands and Westlands suburbs of Nairobi, is pathetic, moans Iqbal Omar, adding that some had been shoddily patched up before the recent El Nino rains, and the potholes have re-emerged.
He cannot understand the logic in spending taxpayers’ money on the same repairs over and over again. “Why don’t the roads engineers find a permanent solution to this if they are, indeed, qualified professionals?” Runda Road and Runda Grove, he adds, have been neglected for the past 10 years despite promises by Kura engineers. His contact is [email protected]
HUGE POTHOLES: And can the Kura officials also find some time to visit the city’s western periphery? A resident of Uthiru, John Kubasu, says that particularly bad is Gakobu Road, near Kinoo, and towards the University of Nairobi’s Kabete Campus, which now looks like “a scene out of a horror film, with huge potholes, unyielding pedestrians, rogue boda boda riders, speeding motorists and clouds of dust like from a sand storm”.
He is accusing local MCA Ndiba Thandi, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu and Kiambu Governor William Kabogo of having abandoned their own voters in their time of need. His contact is [email protected]
MUSEVENI’S RHETORIC: Listening to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s rhetorical speeches on the campaign trail for this month’s elections is disgusting, remarks Dr Odidi Owiti, accusing the long-serving leader of having a super ego.
The least one would have expected from Museveni, Dr Owiti adds, “is to continually remind his impoverished people of his own riches and his seemingly endless leadership”. But even more annoying, he states, is the man’s assertion that he will not leave office until the “mirage of an East African federation” is achieved. His contact is [email protected]
Have a believable day, won’t you!