THE CUTTING EDGE

Monday March 20 2017

Highway Urinals: Something is terribly wrong with some Kenyans, remarks David Motari, disgusted with the people who have turned the overpasses and underpasses on highways into public urinals. Driving on the Thika Superhighway, he adds, one often sees men “peeing shamelessly” under its overpasses. “Why would someone relieve himself here instead of going to a public toilet? We need to pass laws that heavily penalise such offenders to discourage the habit. It is even worse as one travels with family members only to notice men misbehaving on the road. Where are our morals?” His contact is [email protected]

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Speeding Motorists: National Transport and Safety Authority staff monitoring speeding on the Narok-Bomet highway are firm, professional and courteous in dealing with errant motorists, says Dave Tumbula. However, he adds, he noted at the weekend that instead of the suspects being shown the evidence, the officials claim it was captured two kilometres away. “Is it fair to book the drivers without showing them the evidence? Not wanting to go back to where the speed gun supposedly is, some just agree to be booked and move on. Can’t this be made more efficient to seal a possible loophole for bribery?” asks Dave.

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Pleasant Surprise: With the appalling customer service in public organisations, Epimach Maritim didn’t expect anything better at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) branch at Westlands, Nairobi, but, he says, he got a pleasant surprise. “I must say kudos to them for the high level of service, right from the reception to the customer care desks. The officers, especially Lucy Kinyanjui and Francis, served me with big smiles and great efficiency and there was no congestion as happens in other public offices.” His contact is [email protected]

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Disappointing Delay: When President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the Registrar of Persons to ensure that national identity cards are processed quickly, Oscar Lusiola Amadi thought his troubles would be over soon. But a month-and-a-half ago, he applied for a replacement at Githurai, Nairobi, and was issued with a waiting card, No 245-4600-560, but every time he calls to check, he is told to try again the following week. “I need my ID to carry out some transactions.” According to him, it’s departments such as the Registrar’s spoiling Jubilee’s performance record. His contact is Tel 0723389304 or [email protected]

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Brew Directive: The illicit brew menace in Bureti, Kericho County, which W. Kimariech has written about several times before, appears to be getting out of hand. Says he: “No other sub-county can compete with Bureti, where the presidential directive to eliminate the brews has been ignored. We continue to lose able-bodied men to the illicit brews sold in every village. Litein Township hosts the main distributor located hardly 100 metres away from a police station. The worst hit areas are Cheboin, Tebsonik and Litein. Can Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery wake up the administrators from their deep slumber?” For the details, his contact is [email protected]

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Water Discovery: A question that has been lingering in Ayub Osinde’s mind, especially during the recent long drought, he says, is what became of the discovery of underground water in Turkana County. Ayub still remembers the national excitement over the find that was expected to have a big impact on the arid region, “perhaps only surpassed by the coverage of the discovery of oil” in the same county. He adds: “Tapping this would have brought great relief to the people who have suffered from lack of water for too long.” His contact is [email protected]

Have a truthful day, won’t you!