THE CUTTING EDGE

Wednesday September 13 2017

DOCILE BULLDOG: National Cohesion and Integration Commission boss Francis ole Kaparo needs to quickly crack down hard on the politicians who have become notorious for making inflammatory statements, urges Sauthi Mbunza. The NCIC, he adds, must now walk the talk to once and for all rein in the inciters. “Nobody is above the law. Unless the relevant measures are effected and stern action is taken against the suspects, the commission will be reduced, in the eyes of the people, to a ceremonial outfit.” His contact is [email protected]

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PRO-JUBILEE TAG: The NCIC has failed in its mandate and seems to lean towards the government, says Lemargeroi Saruni. It hasn’t been firm on politicians whose utterances anger fellow Kenyans. “For the agency to make any substantial progress, it must shed its pro-Jubilee tag,” he says. “The roles and mandates carried out by the commission must be above political parties. While blaming the Judiciary and the police for not acting swiftly on hate speech, the NCIC must remember to foster national cohesion and integration.” His contact is [email protected].
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‘BIG TWO’ DUEL: Despite his understandable disappointment at the Supreme Court ruling, President Uhuru Kenyatta can showcase Jubilee Party’s record in a debate with Nasa leader Raila Odinga. “A civilised debate between the two will not only help minimise the political tension suffocating the country but will also go a long way in promoting the fledging democracy. The President must seize this occasion and put his responsibility where his political mouth is by not ducking the debate, which is his to lose.” His contact is [email protected]

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PLASTIC BOTTLES: The drinking water plastic bottle poses a grave risk to Kenyans, says Wambu Njogu. Following the ban on polythene and plastic bags, he adds, it is now time to focus national attention on the bottles. “These remain an eyesore all over the countryside, lying alongside the yet-to-be-properly-disposed-of polythene bags.” Wambu, therefore, calls on plastic bottle manufactures to quickly come up with self-regulation in dealing with the menace, especially guidelines on the disposal of the bottles. His contact is [email protected]

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GAS REGULATORS: Despite the standardisation of LPG regulators, it is becoming harder and harder to purchase cooking gas from some outlets if one does not have the cylinder from that particular supplier, moans Howard Akimala. “Most dealers only accept cylinders from ‘their’ company. Company X will, therefore, not sell gas to you if your cylinder is from Company Y. And this is happening right under the very nose of the Energy Regulatory Commission.” Can the ERC enforce the rule that removed the restriction? asks Howard, whose contact is [email protected]

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Global warming is real, remarks university lecturer X. N. Iraki. The don cites the hurricanes currently ravaging North America, especially the United States, the devastating drought in Africa, the raging floods in Asia and the melting glaciers in the Arctic and Antarctic as “clear evidence” of the environmental hazard. He asks: “One wonders what the skeptics are still waiting for. It is time to reverse global warming. Earth is our only home; all the other planets in the universe, so far, are lifeless.” His contact is [email protected]

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