Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Cutting Edge

By The Watchman

Repairs shambolic. The recent road repairs in Nairobi West are shambolic, remarks Philip Mungai. After years of having to put up with roads that were like perennial pools of dirty water that turned into raging streams in the rainy seasons, Philip recalls, he and others were quite happy when the rehabilitation began early last year, but are now disappointed. The contractors, he claims, have left gaping potholes all over the place. “Give me a Chinese contractor any day!” he yells. His contact is [email protected]

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Forklifts on the road? Thika Town has become very busy, and caution has taken a back-seat, moans Joe Ngige Mungai. Whereas it is common knowledge that forklifts and tractors should not be driven on public roads especially at night, because of the danger they pose to other motorists, in Thika, it’s not uncommon to see them on the road after 6pm. “Traffic police must deal with these law-breakers before they cause accidents and maim people,” urges Joe, whose contact is [email protected]

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Erect footbridge. As the excitement over the newly-opened Syokimau commuter train station wanes, George Gathu is calling attention to the difficulty the people going to the station have crossing the busy Mombasa Road. Says he: “As a conscientious pedestrian, I feel a footbridge should be constructed over the six-lane road at Syokimau. I must have been quite a sight dashing like an antelope across the busy highway whilst clutching my toddler for my train ride to Nairobi.”

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Overflights strange. Ngong resident Bakari Malik would like the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to explain and calm the anxiety of the locals over two small planes that “flew in circles at a very low altitude over their hilly, densely populated town’s airspace”, early in the afternoon of Saturday, December 15. The residents, who are yet to recover from the trauma over the helicopter crash that killed their former MP, Prof George Saitoti, would like an assurance that nothing is amiss. His contact is [email protected]

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Ripped off. Airtel subscriber Angela Kerubo has not reloaded her account, 0736218144, for a while now in protest, since she discovered that she was losing Sh1 every day, supposedly for being a member of the so-called Club 254. On calling customer care, she was shocked to learn she had been subscribed without her consent. She also found out that her mother’s and her grandmother’s lines had also been enrolled to the club. She had to request Airtel to cancel the subscription. Her contact is [email protected]

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When big five rested. The man, who complained that he took his family to Nakuru National Park but was disappointed not to see any of the Big Five, must have gone in just after lunch, perhaps to avoid incurring more expenses, says Lula N. “The lions could have been asleep after a hunt and leopards are very elusive animals. But he could also have paid for a night and they would have been able to see more animals early in the morning?” His contact is [email protected]

Have a strategic day, won’t you!

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