THE CUTTING EDGE

Monday September 4 2017

STATE INACTION: The latest spate of school fires calls for serious action by the government to enhance the safety of students, says Cornelius Oliko. During a similar wave of fires last year, Cornelius adds, he and many other Kenyans demanded the arrest and prosecution of all the culprits to act as a deterrent to others. That never happened, despite promises. These fires, he states, don’t just happen, they are started, hence the need to track down and severely punish the culprits. His contact is [email protected]

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SAVING LIVES: There is a pretty simple way to save lives being lost in school dormitory fires, says university don X. N. Iraki, saddened by the horrific incident at Moi Girls School in Nairobi in which nearly 10 young students perished. It is, he explains, to provide maximum security and ensure that doors remain open at night. He wishes some of the hordes of police officers guarding VIPs could be deployed to schools. I weep with the parents whose children died in the fire tragedy at Cabs­—as we used to call this school.” His contact is [email protected]

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WRONG TARGET: By condemning the Supreme Court for nullifying the bungled presidential election, Jubilee Party leaders are training their guns on the wrong target, says Kennedy Butiko. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, he adds, is squarely to blame for failing to co-operate with the court “by hiding information and using fake forms”. He wishes the leaders going around denouncing the judges could see that they are not, in any way, to blame for the ruling that the presidential poll be repeated. His contact is [email protected]
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MOBILE VOTING: Thinking about the huge expense incurred in holding national elections, Ruth Gituma says she is now convinced that mobile voting is the way to go. He poses: “Isn’t it time software was developed to enable Kenyans to vote from the comfort of their homes? We shall cut the expenses and huge manpower cost as mobile penetration is also quite high across the country. All we need is a credible body and a way to verify voter identity and ensure no one votes more than once.” Her contact is [email protected]

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STINKY LANE: Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has his work cut out for him, considering the numerous challenges he faces, says Charles Wamiti. Charles nonetheless wants Gov Sonko to fully focus on a health hazard right in the middle of the city centre. Moi Lane, behind the old Nation House, he reports, is a disgrace, wallowing in raw sewage that has been spewing out of a broken pipe for nearly 10 years. He demands that the pipe be sealed and the lane recarpeted to avert a cholera outbreak. His contact is [email protected]

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PLASTIC BAN: The ban on the manufacture, sale, supply and use of polythene bags is a mighty step in the right direction, which should be embraced by all, urges Shem Muoki. Any country worth its salt has taken similar measures to protect the environment, he states, only disappointed that it didn’t happen much earlier. The manufacturers’ cry about impending losses should not make the government relent in enforcing the new law, he argues, “after all, it’s high time they diversified and manufactured eco-friendly packaging materials”. His contact is [email protected]
  
Have a clean day, won’t you!