Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Cutting Edge

By THE WATCHMAN

RUNNING MATES DEBATE: With the eagerly awaited presidential live TV debate now slated for some time this month, Collins Mwatati says it will be prudent to also have such a forum for their running mates.

He adds: “According to the Constitution, one of the running mates, who will become the deputy president, is the person who will take over in case the presidency falls vacant. Therefore, we must take them seriously. Can the organisers arrange so that we can hear about their vision for their country, since whoever wins will become president-in-waiting?”

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CHAOTIC PRIMARIES: The chaos witnessed during the recent party nominations could easily have been averted if the IEBC took control of the primaries, as part of its mandate, which is mainly to hold free and fair elections and by-elections, says Cleophas Sobera.

He adds: “Remember, the people’s confidence is a very important factor in the nominations. Parties should cater for the expenses by channelling their cash contributions to the IEBC. It’s the lack of confidence in party officials that led to the mess that was witnessed.” His contact is scleophasy@gmail.com

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VOTE WISELY: If the party nomination mayhem is anything to go by, Janet Kui says, Nairobi residents, in particular, have to be more careful to ensure that they choose the right leaders during the March 4 elections.

The voters, she adds, have no option but to choose leaders of integrity to run the affairs of the most important metropolis in the country. “Other counties will be looking up to us for inspiration. Let’s not make fools of ourselves by electing unqualified people to the senator and governor positions. Her contact is kui.janet@yahoo.com.

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IMPUNITY BY COMMISSIONERS: Some time back, Christopher Kibiwott recalls, the High Court ruled that the so-called county commissioners appointed by President Kibaki, without consultation with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, were in office illegally. Christopher is surprised that the court ruling was blatantly ignored as the commissioners continue to serve “drawing their good monthly salaries”.

According to him, this is a case of impunity. “They must be prepared to pay back what they have earned illegally when the new government takes over,” he says.

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BURST SEWERS: A resident of Zimmerman, Nairobi, Monica Mwangi, says the biggest headache in the estate and the neighbouring Roysambu in the city’s northern outskirts is that of burst sewers. She is challenging the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company to rush to their rescue and avert possible epidemics.

“It’s not uncommon to see the sewage flowing all over the place – along the roads, streets and footpaths, where pedestrians have a rough time. The City Council should demand that landlords fix their sewers first as they build houses.” Her contact is monicamwangi@yahoo.com.

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REPAIR THIS ROAD: As a result of the ongoing construction of the flyover connecting Parklands Road with Forest Road in Nairobi, motorists are forced to use the rough, bumpy road on Wambugu Grove, says Aunally Mallo.

The section, which is in an appalling condition, Aunally adds, leads them to Parklands Road, opposite the Engen petrol station. The Wambugu Grove Road, he adds, is crying out for urgent attention, and it will only be fair if the City Council, and aspiring politicians, can push for the tarmacking of the road.

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DRESS CODE: The furore over the stipulated dress code for lawyers, according to the Law Society of Kenya, is totally unnecessary, says Nakuru-based advocate Wambua Musembi.

“This debate should never have started in the first place. Any advocate who attended law school must have taken a course on professional ethics, which covers matters of discipline, decorum and how to relate with colleagues. Dress is an integral part of the tradition. To complain about this means that one was either not properly trained or in the wrong profession.” His contact is fwmusembi@gmail.com.
Have a professional day, won’t you!

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