THE CUTTING EDGE

Thursday January 7 2016

CLEAN CITY: Waxing historical, Prof Maina Muchara recalls that when founding President Jomo Kenyatta died in 1978, Nairobi and its outskirts had tarmac roads and “sparkling paved footpaths”. But by the time his successor, Daniel arap Moi, left office, there were potholes on Kenyatta Avenue. Mwai Kibaki left a clean city centre. But driving on Kenyatta Avenue last week, Prof Muchara says he found potholes and Tom Mboya Street looks like a lunar surface. His appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta: “Please take charge!” His contact is [email protected]

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NEW MINISTRY: President Uhuru Kenyatta, who reshuffled his Cabinet late last year, Peter Ndichu Monimbwe says, should tweak it further by shifting the sports docket to create the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. That new ministry, he adds, should be headed by current Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, leaving Hassan Wario as the CS for National Heritage. Peter is also disappointed that the proposed national sports lottery has not taken off and yet sports betting is on the increase around the country. His contact is [email protected]

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INTERNAL AFFAIRS: The United States Government’s expression of its disappointment with Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s decision to go for a third term following a constitutional amendment in his country does not make sense to Dr Asoka Itur. Says he: “It is a classic case of gross interference in the internal affairs of other countries, considering that some 98.2 per cent of the voters approved in a recent referendum the scrapping of presidential term limits. And why the obsession with these term limits, anyway?” His contact is [email protected]

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ROAD APPEAL: A resident of Kitengela in Kajiado county on Nairobi’s southeastern outskirts, Dr James Mukabi, has started the New Year on a rather low note, having to beg some people to do their work. Dr Mukabi is, in what is becoming his annual ritual, appealing to the county government “to consider improving the condition of Community Road”, the link to Upper New Valley and Chuna estates, which now looks like a cattle track. “My appeal at the start of 2015 fell on deaf ears. I hope the governor and his team are listening.” His contact is [email protected]

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NOBLE CHARACTER: Changing the law in order to weed out the unscrupulous people masquerading as pastors to fleece believers may be a good idea, but this alone is not enough to eradicate the problem, says Ben Njenga. It is absolutely important, he argues, that the faithful be well-instructed to “identify and reject the charlatans and their corrupted doctrines”. God’s emissaries on earth, he says, must be “people of noble character and, like Caesar’s wife, be beyond suspicion”. His contact is [email protected]

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WISE COUNSEL: Gospel musician David Chegerichman is one artiste who wishes to see others, especially the up-and-coming singers, succeed in this challenging career, and who never wastes an opportunity to give a word of inspiration and a dose of caution. Says he: “Yes, hard work is what makes an artiste stand out but a passion for it makes him/her excel.” Some of the artistes who launched songs that did well but later faded from the scene, he hopes, will make big comebacks this year. His contact is [email protected]

Have a successful day, won’t you!