THE CUTTING EDGE

Thursday August 24 2017

HACKING CLAIM: Keenly following the presidential election petition filed in the Supreme Court by the National Super Alliance (Nasa), Prof Sam Chege, writing from his base in Kansas, United States, could not have missed this one. Says he: “When Nasa disputed the August 8 presidential election result, their main complaint was that the IEBC system had been hacked. I have read the entire petition they have filed with the Supreme Court and they did not include that allegation. What happened to the hacking claim?” His contact is [email protected]

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GENDER EQUITY: As the governors are sworn-in around the country, David Shak is shocked at the utterances by some of the leaders, who are threatening to sack the people who campaigned against them instead of preaching peace and reconciliation in their counties. He cannot understand why people should be victimised for exercising their democratic right, and which has nothing to do with their performance in their work. He abhors the fear among employees sparked by the sacking threats and hopes can be stopped. His contact is [email protected]

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LANDS OFFICE: One of the issues Robinson Mwangi would like new Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu deal with as he gets down to work is the corruption that is rife at the Lands office in Thika Town. The non-nonsense man popularly known as Baba Yao, Robinson adds, should establish why the search fee was scrapped, it still takes a whole week to do. But on forking out a Sh2,000 bribe, he claims, one can get it the same day. “Rein in these fellows as they are not about to change.” His contact [email protected]

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NOMINATION: Political parties should not nominate to Parliament or the Senate losers in the just-ended General Elections, urges university don X.N. Iraki. Making such nominations, Iraki strongly believes, would be “an affront on democracy and common sense”. In future, he proposes, the positions of nominated members of county assemblies, MPs and senators should be advertised in the media and the best candidates selected through public interviews. His contact is [email protected]

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VARSITY LOANS: There seems to be some merit in the complaints by some beneficiaries of the Higher Education Loans Board, who have accused the board of not providing accurate statements on their loan repayments. Yet another beneficiary, Dr Salim Noorani says he cleared his loan way back in 2010, and was, therefore, surprised to receive an email a month ago accusing him of defaulting and demanding nearly Sh700,000 including penalties. He sent them bank statements to confirm payment and they insist he must pay and withholding his completion certificate. His contact is [email protected].

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MILK DISPENSERS: There is nothing like a milk ATM, says Jimmy Thumbi, accusing the media of having got this one pretty wrong. Though there are milk dispensers now in use in some residential areas of Nairobi, they are not Automated Teller Machines, “which are basically used to dispense money”. According to Jimmy, the appropriate reference to the milk machines is AMD, or Automated Milk Dispenser. “People should not get mixed up with misnomers.” His contact is [email protected]

Have a correct day, won’t you!