WHO ARE YOU, KIND SIR?: Just over the scare of a near-fatal crash on the Kericho-Nakuru highway, three kilometres from the Total junction, on July 7, Samuel Ooko wishes he could meet the Good Samaritan who rescued him and his passengers that night.
The driver, Samuel has been informed, works for Solel Boneh International in Kericho.
He took them from the scene and drove them to Siloam Hospital on the town’s southern outskirts.
“Kindly get in touch with me,” pleads Ooko, whose e-mail address is email@example.com.
KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES: Members of the Kisumu County Assembly should go slow on their clamour for car grants and give priority to fighting insecurity as well as providing water, Freddy Oguo urges.
“Unless they end the insecurity, where will they be driving their big cars?” he asks.
Oguo is also disappointed that people are not being encouraged to harvest water from their roofs when rain falls — something he would have expected women representatives to champion.
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CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME: The government’s Sh87 million aid pledge to West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak is the height of irony, considering that some Kenyans are starving to death in parts of Baringo and Turkana Counties, Oscar Okoth says.
Keen to remind leaders that charity begins at home, before lending a hand to strangers, Okoth remarks, “I believe that money could have been put to better use at home, to fight hunger, assist the needy and pay teachers’ dues to avert a strike.”
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THEY'RE JUST AS DANGEROUS: As he drives in Nairobi, Peter Cheserek says he sees fellow motorists making phone calls, composing and sending text messages and reading newspapers.
But what he finds disappointing is that traffic police will pay attention to drivers speaking on their phones and let others go scot free, yet they also pose grave danger for road users.
Police, Cheserek pleads, should target those texting first, followed by newspaper readers, and those who answer their calls last.
His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHECK BEHAVIOUR, NOT SPEED: The 80kph and 100kph speed limits for highways are unrealistic for modern vehicles and vastly improved roads, says Daudi Nturibi.
Joining the debate on the crackdown on motorists in Nairobi to enforce a 50kph speed limit, Nturibi says it is the behaviour of drivers that is to blame for increasing fatal road accidents.
He feels more sensible and practical speed limits should be 100kph and 130kph on highways and 70kph in built-up areas.
His e-mail address is email@example.com.
POLITICS AND MEDIA: James Githinji, mad about pronouncements by some leaders and the coverage they are given, asks whether politicians and the media deliberately trying to drive Kenyans up the wall.
He has been particularly enraged by reports of MCAs campaigning for allowances for their “bored and lonely wives”, and senators seeking a pay rise.
“These and other selfish schemes and demands by the politicians can lead to civil unrest,” Githinji warns.
His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
OFFICER IS RIGHT: A driver joining a roundabout and exiting to the right must indicate at all times, says N Albert, disagreeing with the criticism directed at a traffic policeman on this page last week.
“Assuming you are coming from Haile Selassie Avenue, driving along Parliament Road and turning into Harambee Avenue, you should signal the cars from (the) InterContinental Nairobi side so that they are aware of your intention and give you way,” he says. “It’s simply logic for competent drivers to know the norms. The cop is right.”
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