Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Cutting Edge - 25 February 2014

POWERING THE LAPTOPS. Has the government factored into the budget for the school laptops project money for the purchase of electricity generators, given the frequent power interruptions in many parts of the country? asks Taabu Tele. With most of the schools in the rural areas not connected to the national grid, he adds, failure to charge the laptops will mean no lessons. Lack of a reliable power back-up, he warns, will see the laptop project handicapped even before it is launched. His contact is taabu.tele@outlook.com.

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NOISY NUISANCE. After a long day at work, the last thing Nairobi resident Kyalo Muasya expects is to have his eardrums assailed by the noise in matatus in the name of music. Sadly, this is what he must endure every evening, and it is not peculiar to his route. Pleas to the drivers to lower the volume, he adds, invariably fall on deaf ears and many commuters will just take the nuisance lying down. “Where is Nema to enforce the law on loud music in matatus or ban it altogether like in Tanzania?” His contact is szczalo@gmail.com.

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SHAME OF BAD ROADS. Thika Town has some of the worst roads among all the urban centres, says Ceasarine Nkatha, disappointed that instead of fixing them properly, all the Kiambu County leadership is interested in is increasing taxes and introducing new levies. Where some attempt has been made, it has been poor, as the workers just poured soil into potholes, which easily got washed away even after a drizzle. “We need a permanent solution to this problem,” she demands. Her contact is ceasarine.nkatha@gmail.com.

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UNFAIR PUNISHMENT. On February 19, Nairobi resident Dorothy Shivere says, her water supply (account No. 1314007) was disconnected despite having a credit of Sh933 and always being punctual in paying her bills. She called customer care and was promised that she would be reconnected the following day, but nothing happened. By February 24, she still had no water. “What am I supposed to do? Why should I be punished for doing the right thing?” Her contact is khakayidee@yahoo.com.

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DELAYED DOCUMENTS. Could there be a cartel at the Motor Vehicle Registrar’s department at the Kenya Revenue Authority headquarters in Times Tower, Nairobi, which deliberately delays the processing of applications for logbooks and other documents for its own gain? Geoffrey Njenga asks. In October last year, Geoffrey says, he applied for a change of ownership in his logbook, paying the requisite charges. To date, he has not received it. His contact is geoffnjenga@yahoo.com.

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CRIME WAVE. Who will curb the mounting crime rate at Uthiru 87 on the western outskirts of Nairobi? asks Miriam Kimura, adding that “gunshots rend the air almost daily”. With crime more rampant in Kiambu County than in Machakos, which recently acquired over 100 police patrol cars, Miriam feels it is the former that needs more such vehicles. “Security personnel are doing their best, but are handicapped by lack of transport. Governor William Kabogo should address this issue.” Her contact is kimura.miriam@gmail.com.
 
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