FINDING THE WAY. Though Kenya is “a blessed country full of promise, we seem to have got stuck somewhere”, claims Kanyi Gioko, adding that the only way out is to “go back to the basics and espouse that virtues that make us humane”. His prescription of success is “respect and openness”, which, he believes, will see the country progress. “See yourself in other people, have empathy and bit by bit, awaken the beautiful person within you. Nothing short of this internal awareness will see us through to Canaan.” His contact is [email protected]
WHAT DO THEY DO? What is the work of the officers attached to the Deputy Presidential Strategic Communications Unit? asks Kamau Kamau, adding that they hardly respond when their boss is negatively mentioned in the media. In contrast, Kamau adds, Munyori Buku reacts to adverse news regarding President Kenyatta, Dennis Onyango speaks when Cord leader Raila Odinga is mentioned, and Kibisu Kabatesi often explains Amani coalition boss Musalia Mudavadi’s position on issues. “What does Deputy President William Ruto’s communication team do?” Kamau wants to know.
PIPE REPAIRED. Nairobi Water Company, grateful to city resident Sam Ogolla for alerting it about a burst water pipe around Ring Road, at Westlands shopping centre, says the leakage has since been fixed. Regretting the inconvenience suffered by the residents and passersby, an official in the corporate affairs department confirms that the pipe was repaired on May 19. The problem, Sam had complained, started nearly a month ago when a contractor dug a trench to lay an optic-fibre cable and damaged the water pipe.
STIFLING STENCH. And could the city water firm also as soon as possible go to the rescue of the residents of Lang’ata, near the Deliverance Church, who have had to put up with the stench from a blocked sewer for nearly two weeks, urges Andrew Munyua. Unless the city county government moves quickly, Andrew fears, a cholera outbreak cannot be ruled out in the neighbourhood. “It is terrible. We can’t have peace in our houses and yet we pay our taxes and rates.” His contact is [email protected]
OBAMA UNIVERSITY. Ruaka, on Nairobi’s northwestern outskirts towards Limuru, now boasts a Barack Obama University, reports X. N. Iraki. It is not clear, he adds, whether the Commission for University Education has accredited the institution or who owns it and when it started, but there is a big sigh. “Could it have something to do with President Obama’s planned July visit? What is its curriculum? Might there be a unit like, ‘The life and times of the first black US President?’ I could volunteer to lecture in dowry negotiation.” His contact is [email protected]
DANGEROUS NEGLIGENCE. While the whole world knows that rivers have floodplains to absorb excess water during heavy downpours, this knowledge seems to be lacking at local government levels in both Kenya and Uganda, says Jan Karel Sorgedrager. “And where the people know, they are not in a position to influence decisions or they turn a blind eye in return for hefty bribes. In Nairobi, despite loss of lives, construction on designated wetlands continues. How many more lives must be lost before something is done about this?” Jan’s contact is [email protected]
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