THE CUTTING EDGE

Saturday March 18 2017

Best pledge: The best news from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address in Parliament early in the week, for Ben Njenga, is the pledge to reduce politicians’ huge salaries and allowances. However, Ben wishes the country could go the whole hog, beginning with the scrapping of the Senate and the reduction of the number of counties from 47 to 10 and also cut the number of MPs and members of county assemblies by 50 per cent. Good leadership, Ben strongly believes, “is all about prudent use of resources”. His contact is [email protected]

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Salaries slash: Also welcoming the President’s move to slash the salaries of the politicians and civil servants is Githuku Mungai, who simply cannot believe the content of a payslip circulating on social media and purported to belong to Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, which indicates that he earns a princely Sh1 million a month. “How it got to this is simply shocking. The other 46 elected and a few more nominated senators, whom I deem to be of no use to this country, also earn Sh1 million each,” moans Githuku, whose contact is [email protected]

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Worrying trend: While the shameless bullying at Alliance High School and in other schools is accepted as normal rite of passage that should be tolerated, Chintan Gohel begs to differ. Says he: “It is really worrying when some people accept such terrible situations.” Had the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai not dared to challenge the authorities, he notes, the country would have lost hectares of land set aside for parks and forests in Nairobi and other areas. “And we also wouldn’t be having M-Pesa transferring billions of shillings as it does.” Contact is [email protected]

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Transport nuisance: Touts and boda bodas at the Londiani junction of the Nakuru-Kericho Highway have become a public transport nuisance, harassing commuters, moans Bonny Mutai. Some travellers, he reports, have been hurt as touts scramble to get them to board their vehicles. Women are sometimes being handled indecently. The most notorious, he adds, are Toyota Probox crews and boda boda. Though they provide a vital service, he demands, they must show some decency. His contact is [email protected]

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Horns mayhem: The matatus with the screeching exhaust pipes and blaring horns are back on most routes in Nairobi, blasting the eardrums of commuters, reports John Mburu. Following a recent crack down by the transport and safety authority and traffic police, he adds, the rogue drivers and touts had silenced the gadgets, but the mayhem has resumed. As if the chaos in the matatus is not bad enough, the residents of Kasarani are woken up as early as 4.30am, rudely denied their sleep. John is urging the authority and the police to bring the mess under control again. Contact is [email protected]

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Bad reflectors: Since it is now apparently normal for trucks to be driven at night without rear lights, Joe Musyoki wishes the drivers would be “courteous enough to wash last year’s mud off their rear reflectors so that they are more visible”. It is baffling, Joe adds, that nearly 90 per cent of the trucks on the roads don’t have rear lights yet they pass through numerous police roadblocks. He poses: “How much does a bulb cost?” His contact is [email protected]

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Crowded Joint: Samba Marina Kisumu, a popular entertainment spot in Kisumu, is often too crowded, thanks to its poor design, says Henry Owuor, who was there recently, to check on its much-touted music selection. One of the shortcomings, he claims, is the lack of a designated dancing area. “Here one just gets up and shows one’s best dance style next to one’s table. It is very uncomfortable and even unhealthy. Why can’t they create a raised dancing area so those who want to relax can just watch and join in when they feel like?” Contact is [email protected]il.com
 
Have an entertaining day, won’t you!