THE CUTTING EDGE

Friday August 25 2017

PLASTIC BAN: Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu’s ban on plastic bags does not make sense to Mombasa resident Devere Mwangi, who notes that bread, milk and other products will continue to be packaged in polythene. He is also worried about how the women selling groceries will be affected, considering the Sh4 million fine or four years in jail, which, he fears, is too harsh. “It’s the government’s responsibility to ensure plastic bags or other non-biogradable materials are recycled or disposed of hygienically, as happens in the developed world,” says Devere. His contact is [email protected]
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CRUCIAL CERTIFICATE: A Kenyan quantity surveyor residing in the Seychelles, Felix Marangi, wishes to apply for a county executive job so that he can return home and help to build his country. One of the requirements is a Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi. He poses: “Does the DCI accept certificates from foreign police departments since I have not lived in Kenya for the past three years? And shouldn’t they then allow for online application, even in liaison with their counterparts overseas?” His contact is [email protected]

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APPALLING LANE: Tour company manager V. J. Popat, while congratulating Mike Mbuvi Sonko on his election as the Nairobi governor, wishes to draw his attention to the appalling state of Kimathi Lane right in the prime location, opposite Hilton Hotel. Says Popat: “I pay Sh5,000 per month for parking on this lane, which is not a road. But it is worse than the worst part of the Maasai Mara, and yet it is right here in the central business district. Can you, please, do something about it? We have high hopes in you.”

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POTHOLE MESS: Perhaps wishing to spare new Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru a haranguing so early in her tenure, Frederick Wachira is shining his spotlight on the Kenya National Highways Authority, which is the roads agency that he strongly believes should take the flak for this sorry mess. It’s the lousy condition of the Sagana-Kutus road in the county, which is not only too narrow, making it difficult to navigate, but also full of potholes. “Please, urgently repair this road to avert disasters,” pleads Fredrick, whose contact is [email protected]

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PERENIAL JAMS: Between the KeNHA and the National Transport and Safety Authority, James Mwai says, the solution to the perennial traffic jams on Thika Superhighway at Witeithie must be found. Adds James: “Every evening from 4pm to 10pm, there is always a heavy traffic jam, which is very irritating.” James is convinced that the jam is deliberately created to enable hawkers to sell their wares to motorists and their passengers. Part of the problem, he adds, is the erection of speed bumps instead of a footbridge. His contact is [email protected]

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BLAMING OTHERS: “Be slow to blame” is the unsolicited word of counsel from Catholic priest Felix Kasomo to some of the overzealous new leaders. Says Fr Kasomo: “As the country comes to terms with the reality of new leadership in the various political offices, it is really saddening to see some incoming ones too quick to blame and mock their predecessors. Learn from your predecessors’ presumed failures. Correct the mistakes quietly and deliver. Good leadership is grounded on humility and not the humiliation of others.” His contact is [email protected]

Have a modest day, won’t you!