THE CUTTING EDGE

Tuesday March 21 2017

Huge salaries: Welcoming President Uhuru Kenyatta’s proposal for cuts in the salaries of public servants, including politicians, to reduce the huge wage bill, Gathu Maina says it should actually begin with him and the Deputy President, who should earn Sh500,000 and Sh480,000, respectively. According to him, the minimum public service entry pay should be Sh25,000. And he would also like to see all “the so-called sitting allowances” stopped and official travel expenses strictly controlled. But the minimum taxable salary should be Sh25,000 to give some relief to lowly paid workers. His contact is [email protected]

Court order: As the deadline given by High Court Judge George Odunga to Nairobi County for the removal of speed bumps and rumble strips on the Thika Superhighway approaches, Benjamin Ashuma is worried nothing is happening. Says he: “The county was on February 7 given not more than 60 days, but there is no indication work is being done. Could they be waiting to do it at the last-minute?” Warning about dire consequences for disregard of the court order, Benjamin is keeping his eye on the matter. His contact is [email protected]

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Idle borehole: Taking advantage of the break occasioned by the recent university lecturers’ strike, Henry Mwangangi says he travelled back home to Musalani Village in Tseikuru in Mwingi North and was appalled at the suffering of the local residents due to lack of water despite having a borehole that was sank seven years ago. As a result, the people have to trek 17 kilometres in such of water just because the borehole has not been commissioned and the local leaders do not seem concerned about the plight of their voters. His contact is [email protected]

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Nasty pothole: Aggrieved about the loss of three tyres after he smashed into a nasty pothole on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway between Mtito Andei and Voi, Benson Mlambo Mwakina says there was no shoulder to swerve into to avoid an oncoming lorry. Mwakina, a prominent engineer, is, for the sake “of our beloved country”, not considering suing the Kenya National Highways Authority. However, he is appealing to KeNHA to patch up this hole or mark these dangerous spots to alert motorists to avoid such mishaps. His contact, in case the KeNHA bosses wish to have a word with him is [email protected]

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Long wait: For Shee Lanjoro, after a pretty long wait for power connection to his two houses at Ukunda on the South Coast through the rural electrification programme, one meter was delivered two months ago. Though he paid the charges for both houses on December 23, 2015, Shee was told he would have to wait for the second meter, “just like many other applicants”. But to his utter surprise, two of his neighbours, who applied a few days ago, already have electricity. He wishes someone could shed some light on this. The reference is REC-0200713/14006, receipt No. 36141, and his contact, [email protected]
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Disgusting: From five-star hotels to airports and hospitals and low establishments men have been behaving badly, says Githuki Mundu. Nothing, he adds, disgusts him like finding chewed gum in a lavatory basin. “Why would a grown-up man, knowing very well the gum will block the sink, spit it there. Others drop tissue and receipts in the sink. Can anyone explain why men behave in such a childish manner? Others step on toilet seats even when they are sparkling clean. Do they behave like that in their homes?” His contact is [email protected]

Have decent day, won’t you!