THE CUTTING EDGE

The plan by the East African countries to ban the importation of second-hand clothes is a huge mistake.

Wednesday March 16 2016

By THE WATCHMAN
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HUGE MISTAKE: The plan by the East African countries to ban the importation of second-hand clothes is a huge mistake, says Charles Oliko, adding: “Whoever is advising the leaders has not conducted a survey on the income levels of their citizens. The cheapest pair of locally manufactured shoes goes for about Sh2,000 and they are not durable. Imported shoe prices range from Sh5,000 to Sh10,000 a pair. How can a casual worker earning Sh5,000 afford this? For how long will a labourer earning Sh200 a day save to buy new clothes?” His contact is [email protected]

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CELEBRATING A HERO: Freedom hero Dedan Kimathi has been honoured for his ultimate sacrifice with streets in major towns, including Nairobi, a university, and hundreds of children named after him, but one vital step is still missing, according to Kanyi Gioko. He would like the government to consider banning the picture of the freedom hero in chains after his capture by the British colonial forces. Of the picture, which haunts him, Kanyi says: “This is not the way to celebrate our hero. We need the image of an upright standing general.” His contact is [email protected]

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ROAD SYSTEM: The boda boda (motor cycle taxi) menace is not peculiar to Kenya, says N.M. Rajani, adding that it is also a big challenge in Mumbai, Beijing and many other major world cities. The solution, according to him, is for the engineers to design a new road system that separates motorbikes from motor vehicles. A good starting point, he believes, would be Ngong Road, Nairobi, which is about to be dualised, and “it might be a good idea to create that extra lane for motorcyclists”. His contact is [email protected]

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DANGER AT ROUNDABOUTS: Almost every Monday, most roundabouts “show evidence of weekend damage”, says Patrick Njoroge, alarmed at the accidents. But Patrick is convinced that the number of accidents occurring at the roundabouts could be lessened if they were well lit, especially using reflectors to guide motorists at night. The city county government, he pleads, should prioritise the installation of the warning signs at roundabouts so that motorists driving at night can be guided to avoid grave danger. His contact is [email protected]

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INSECURITY: Though impressed with Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero’s stern pledge to crack down on the so-called Project X parties luring youth into drugs and sex orgies, Sam Muthaga is disappointed that he has not used similar zeal to deal with the muggers having a field day on Uhuru Highway. During traffic jams in the evenings, he adds, the men rip side mirrors off cars and snatch things from motorists and their passengers. And could he also deal with the garbage menace? He appeals. His contact is [email protected]

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EXORBITANT INTEREST: The lawmakers are right to come up with measures to control interest on the loans by Kenyan banks, which have failed to heed Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge’s request to lower them, says Ken Ogare. The banks, he adds, are stifling the economy by “charging outrageous rates in order to make super-normal profits”. According to him, many businesses have gone under, thanks to the expensive loans. He hopes the government will support the MPs’ initiative. His contact is [email protected]

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