THE CUTTING EDGE

Monday July 17 2017

CHOLERA OUTBREAK: With a cholera outbreak reported in Nairobi, in which nearly 50 people have been hospitalised after eating contaminated food, Christopher Kibiwott is wondering what became of public health officers, whose cardinal duty was to help prevent such outbreaks. “Don’t they employ them anymore? Don’t the Ministry of Health officials at its Afya House headquarters see the need to hold these officers to account? It’s a shame that some 50 years after independence, our country is still grappling with the threat of such communicable diseases?” His contact is [email protected].

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SGR HITCH: Barely two months since the launch of the standard gauge railway, Abu Ayman says, the Madaraka Express passenger train stalled for more than an hour at Kibwezi, terribly inconveniencing the travellers. He begs to differ with Kenya Railways boss Atanas Maina, who explained that it “was a technical hitch, which is a normal occurrence”. According to Abu, there can be no justification for the “normal occurrences”, warning that this will make Kenyans lose confidence in the new railway service. “They promised an efficient modern train service and must live up to that.” His contact is [email protected]

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UNPAID DUES: Nearly five years since the High Court awarded him and some of his former military colleagues compensation for premature retirement, Major (rtd) Imaana Laibuta moans, the Kenya Defence Forces has yet to pay up. This, he claims, is enough proof that the KDF, which has been “splashing billions of shillings around”, does not care about the plight of its retirees. If it did, he adds, it would not have turned a deaf ear to their pleas and legal demands to pay them so they can go on with their lives in the civilian world. His contact[email protected]

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HOUSE NUMBERS: A resident of the Upper Wambugu Close in Parklands, Nairobi, Deepa Sumaria, says that she has noted in recent times that a number of houses in the area have already been officially numbered, except her own and a few others in her neighbourhood. Without such residential numbers, she adds, it is difficult to give directions to visitors and also to indicate one’s physical address, especially when filling official forms. She wonders whether she can just paint a number on her house or should wait for it from the city county government. Her contact is [email protected].

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HONEST FOLKS: There are still some very honest people out there, as Duncan Misocho says he found out after sending Sh500 worth of Safaricom airtime to the wrong number using the Sambaza service. He erred on a single digit and the credit meant for Tel 0716120687 went astray. Though pessimistic, he decided to give the unintended recipient a call. But to his utter surprise, Catherine Salama Kahindi readily responded and sent back the airtime credit. “Please express my gratitude to Catherine.” His contact is Tel 0707197879 or email: [email protected]

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NUCLEAR POWER: As the developed countries progressively switch off their nuclear plants for safer, green and sustainable sources of energy, Martin Wamathwe is alarmed that Kenya is beginning to flirt with it for possible electricity generation. He poses: “Could we, in our Vision 2030 blueprint, be preparing to hurtle down the precipice that the rest of the world is running away from? Don’t we have enough wind and the sun to tap for power instead of this nuclear thing? How shall we deal with nuclear waste? Could somebody, please, shed some light on this?” His contact is [email protected]

Have a safer day, won’t you!