THE CUTTING EDGE

Monday June 19 2017

TRADING INSULTS: The political season is here again and with it, as normally happens, the childish behaviour that characterises election campaigns, says Eliab Otiato. The people, who expect the candidates from the various parties to explain to them what they hope to do for them if elected, he adds, are being relentlessly treated to the trading of insults. “Why can’t these leaders desist from displaying such childish behaviour in public? We need intelligent people who can articulate our problems,” concludes Eliab. His contact is [email protected]

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CAMPAIGN TRAIL: While the name calling on the campaign trail between key rivals Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance continues, Taabu Tele is disappointed to note that nobody is concerned about the “shame of the inability to securely print ballot papers locally” for the August 8 elections. The lack of integrity, he adds, is brought out by the fact that “we can print currency notes, but not ballot and examination papers”. He quips: “It’s the height of deceit to wax digital and chest-thump about independence and fail so spectacularly on integrity in politics.” His contact is [email protected]

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‘YELLOW PROPOSAL’: Rejecting the proposal to have only yellow school buses, Kenneth Karume says it is “bizarre, surprising and simply will not wash”. His first grouse is about the cost. He poses: “Who is going to meet the cost of spraying all the school buses yellow? The parents, who are already overburdened with school fees and other requirements?” What he describes as the “yellow proposal”, he warns, “is just going to distress us more, as the cost will be passed on to parents”. Each school, he adds, has its colours as sign of identity and “it will be unfair to drown this in a sea yellow”. His contact [email protected]

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NETWORK WOES: Calling Safaricom is Kisumu resident Karen Nyangara, upset about the mobile phone service provider’s deteriorating network signal. For about two months now, Karen reports, the network reception has been quite poor in the Mamboleo area of the lakeside town. It’s now, she adds, impossible to access the Internet service and quite irritating to her is the standard response to enquiries to special code 5555: “Dear customer, with regard to the network issue in your area, there is a planned site, which will improve coverage. Thank you!” When and where? She asks. Her contact is [email protected]

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CONSERVATION: The much-awaited construction of Nairobi’s Road C that runs parallel to Mombasa Road and past Nakumatt headquarters, which began recently, has turned into a curse for the residents of Eagle Plains Estate, who now have to contend with dry taps following the cutting off by the contractor of the water pipe supplying them, moans Dave Tumbula. However, Dave is disappointed with the sluggish response by Nairobi Water Company to repair the broken pipe. “It’s a boon for the owners of water bowsers but sheer agony for us,” says Dave, demanding quick action to restore supply.

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A CARTEL? Has it ever occurred Nairobi resident who the real owners of the hundreds of water tankers that have been operating since January to bail out the residents could be? asks Kishor Moennsad. “Who is behind all of these vendors selling water to residents at exorbitant prices? Where to all these bowsers get the millions of gallons water from yet the water company cannot? How much a water tanker cost?” The residents, Kishor adds, deserve answers from Governor Evans Kidero on the cartels selling water. His contact is [email protected]

Have an explainable day, won’t you!