BUILD ROADS. Just back in Mombasa after a tour of the lakeside region, and particularly Kisumu Town, Martin Wahome says that unlike the former, where not a single new road has been built in the past five years, a lot is happening upcountry in the development of infrastructure.
“Whereas there has been an increase in motor vehicles, we only hear talk of a new bridge, bypasses, and general improvements, but nothing happens.”
He quips: “To my leaders, I say it is good roads that bring wealth and not wealth that brings good roads. Please do something about Mombasa.”
ENFORCE ORDER. The hawker menace at Eastleigh, Nairobi, is getting out of hand, moans Charles Itimu.
As the city county government rebuilds roads, he claims, hawkers are sometimes occupying full lanes to display their wares.
A case in point, he adds, is First Avenue, Eastleigh, where motorists have great difficulty manoeuvring their way out of the mess.
Another source of annoyance, according to him, are the jua kali mechanics operating on the side roads. “It is simply hell for the residents!”
ALARM OVER TREES. Before the construction of the Southern Bypass began, the boundary of the Ngong Road Forest was quite clear near Lenana School, remarks Oti Gem.
But as the project nears completion, Oti is alarmed that the forest seems to be slowly disappearing, with buildings coming up in an area that was not long ago full of trees and other vegetation.
Can the Kenya Forest Service and Nema shed some light on this development? he pleads.
UPHILL TASK. The biggest joke of the year, Ken Butiko says, is ODM’s shameful failure to ensure that a mere 400 delegates vote peacefully to nominate the party’s candidate in the forthcoming Homa Bay senatorial by-election.
Since the party has been critical of the IEBC’s handling of the last General Election, this is the least Ken could have expected.
According to him, the spectacular flop confirms that “old habits die hard”. His contact is [email protected]
WILLING VICTIMS. Following the much-publicised TV unmasking of the fake miracles of self-styled “pastor” Victor Kanyari recently, Peter Mwai is amused that some gullible people continue to be cheated in broad daylight.
“People will stand by the roadside and watch others being cheated with a little science of chemical reactions and will buy the tablets believing that they will clean up their bodies. The tablets do not even have the Kenya Bureau of Standards mark!”
HYGIENE NIGHTMARE. Thika Town, proudly dubbed the “Birmingham of Kenya” for its industries, is becoming an eyesore because of its inability to dispose of garbage, moans Dan Nyaga.
A resident of the town for the past 17 years, Dan says it was always one of the cleanest towns in the country, but it is now choking with polythene, torn clothes, and discarded used diapers.
But worse, he adds, are used sanitary towels scattered near people’s doorsteps. “Why not simply burn the stuff?”
Have a neat day, won’t you!
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