SENSELESS RULES. Nairobi City County’s new traffic marshals should stop coming up with unreasonable demands, says Jeff Irungu. In the recent past, “no matatu tout can dare let a passenger alight, especially along the Tom Mboya stretch”. While having designated points to drop off and pick up passengers is fine, Patrick simply cannot understand why people should not be allowed to alight, especially when there is a gridlock. “They would rather one gets late sitting in the jam than alight.” His contact is irungujeff@yahoo[email protected]
BEYOND REPAIR. They do not make Bata shoes as good as the ones they used to manufacture at their Limuru factory some years ago, remarks Sam Pirbhai. In June, Sam bought a pair of industrial shoes and noticed a day later that the holes for threading in shoe laces were defective. He returned the pair to the Sarit Centre branch at Westlands, Nairobi, and it was replaced. But a few months’ later, that pair is torn beyond repair. “Industrial shoes are supposed to last at least two years.” His contact is [email protected]
PERENNIAL DRY TAPS. A resident of the posh Nyali neighbourhood in Mombasa, Harish Shah, has only one regret: perennial water shortage. His residence on Links Road has not had any tap water for nearly two years, and yet the local water company continues sending estimated bills to him. Worse, he adds, is the sharp rise in bills from Sh611.95 in January to Sh5,523.95. Mombasa Water and Sanitation Company, he charges, does not seem bothered. His account is No, MAJ/77574716211 and his contact, Tel 0733717381.
WHY THE LEVY? Safaricom subscriber Abdulrahman Ogutu Osemo, writing from Malakisi in western Kenya, makes a serious allegation the firm should shed some light on. He claims that every time he buys airtime through M-Pesa, a shilling worth of his airtime is deducted though there has been no explanation as to whether this is a transaction fee or not. Abdulrahman wants an assurance from Safaricom that “this is not a charge that was meant to go undetected by customers”. His contact is [email protected]
HARD WATER. With boreholes being sunk around the country, soap manufacturers should consider introducing a product that works effectively in hard water, urges Willis Aguko. The special hard water soap, he adds, should be sold for use, especially in the remote arid and semi-arid areas, and in other areas where water from boreholes tends to be rather salty. Talking from experience, perhaps, Willis says washing clothes with ordinary soap using hard water is not an easy task. His contact is [email protected]
WELL DONE. The more you use electricity, the more you are charged for it, says Maureen Ratemo, an environmental scientist at Nema, praising Kenya Power’s introduction of prepaid meters as a means of promoting the use of green energy. Each prepaid meter, she explains, has a limit. “You will recall that President Kenyatta was recently in New York to attend the UN General Assembly and spoke on the need to reduce our country’s carbon footprint. Kudos, Kenya Power!” Her contact is [email protected]
Have a saving day, won’t you!
E-mail: [email protected]
or write to Watchman
POB 49010, Nairobi 00100