THE CUTTING EDGE

Friday September 8 2017

FIREFIGHTING TRAINING: As he joins fellow Kenyans in mourning the nearly 10 students of Moi Girls High School-Nairobi who perished in a dormitory blaze, Jasper Ouma is calling for special attention to be paid to the grave danger of fires in boarding schools. “Most casualties occur as students trample on one another, with some jumping through the windows, amid panic. Do schools ever conduct fire drills? Do they have trained firefighters among students? Do they know what they are supposed to do when a fire breaks out?” His contact is [email protected]

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HAWKERS ON HIGHWAY: While recently on Outering Road in Nairobi’s Eastlands, whose dualling is almost complete, Frank Laurence noticed that hawkers and other petty traders are encroaching on the main road at Umoja Estate, near the Mutindwa Road crossing. Coupled with matatus picking up and dropping off passengers on the road, Frank adds, the main intention, which was to streamline traffic flow, will soon be lost. He, therefore, pleads with NTSA and the county government do something before disaster strikes. His contact is [email protected]

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DISRUPTIVE ELECTIONS: Kenyans should borrow a leaf from the Germans on conducting elections, urges Mohammed Fazal Hussein, citing especially their core inspiration, which is to make their country better and how to do it. In Kenya, Mohammed adds, it is more about a power tussle, whose dire repercussions Kenyans should be wary of. “We saw it in the 2007 elections and should learn to become wise,” he says. “Also, in Germany you don’t see politicians in SUVs bringing business to a standstill while campaigning.” His contact is [email protected]

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‘BOMAS TRIANGLE’: In the October 17 repeat presidential election, Charles Jowi notes, Kenyans will, as usual, turn out and vote peacefully in their millions. Charles however pleads that the tallying of the results at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, should not be a repeat of a past circus. He hopes it will not turn into what senior counsel Pheroze Nowrojee referred to as the “Bomas Triangle”—alluding to the “Bermuda Triangle” in the Atlantic Ocean, famous for mysterious disappearance of ships, boats and aeroplanes. His contact is [email protected]

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MEDIA TALLYING CENTRE: Now that the credibility of the IEBC is seriously in question following the bungled presidential election that had to be nullified by the Supreme Court, Lydia Habakkuk says, there is a need for all the media houses to set up a joint tallying centre for the repeat poll on October 17. They should have correspondents to transmit results from all polling stations in the 47 counties. “If they can organise a joint presidential debate, why can’t they also have a joint tallying centre?” asks Lydia. Her contact is [email protected]

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NEGATIVE ETHNICITY: The rampant spewing of venomous tribal sentiments on social media, and which are also being purveyed on some vernacular radio stations, pose a grave risk to national unity, remarks Ruth Gituma. At this rate, she wonders whether the country will ever be as cohesive as it should be. “It seems our elections are nothing but tribal numbers!” laments Ruth. “Interestingly, the politicians have very good working relations with their perceived political enemies.” Her contact is [email protected]

Have a nationalistic day, won’t you!