Monday, November 12, 2012

The cutting edge

By THE WATCHMAN

SPELL OUT CONSEQUENCES. The best donors, trading partners and the international community at large, can do for Kenyans is to clearly spell out the consequences well in advance should one of the two presidential aspirants indicted by the ICC, Uhuru Kenyatta or William Ruto, be elected next March and refuse to cooperate with the court, urges Devere Mwangi. According to Devere, it will be totally unfair to wait until this happens and then ambush the country with sanctions and trade embargo.

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REGISTER NOW. Though Kenyans are notorious for procrastinating and only rushing out on the deadline to form endless queues for events such as voter registration, they are not the only ones who do so, says Beatrice Ouma. During the just-ended American elections, she adds, many voters were urged to take advantage of the early voting provision, but they waited until November 6 to stand in long queues. Beatrice hopes Kenyans will this time round register as voters early to avoid the last-minute rush.

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STRANGE BEGGARS, THESE. There has been a sharp increase in the number of beggars in the streets of Thika town, a good number of whom speak Kiswahili with heavy Ugandan or Tanzanian accents, says Joe Ngige Mungai, adding that he can smell a rat. After observing the influx for a while, Joe has established that the beggars arrived at the same time, 6.30am and also leave at the same time, 6.30pm. “Could someone be using them to generate income?” he asks. His contact is [email protected]

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IT'S A RAW DEAL. Residents of New Doonholm Estate in Nairobi Eastlands have been given a raw deal by the City Council as far as road repairs are concerned, moans Ashiembi wa Ndukwe. All the roads in the estate, he adds, have been so badly neglected that they not only look like a wet, freshly dug garden, they are also almost impassable. In fact, Ashiembi thinks they would be of interest to the Ministry of Fisheries personnel.

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DON'T WASTE MONEY. Mombasa Town Clerk Tubman Otieno published the names of municipal rate defaulters in the papers, and David Caffyn saw nothing wrong with that. However, he takes great exception to having the same list on illuminated billboards because it is a waste of the meagre funds. The money, he adds, could have been better spent cleaning up the filthy Mwembe Tayari market or removing the stinking garbage from Makupa Causeway. His contact is [email protected]

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QUITE A RIP OFF. A recently opened rooftop bar called Sheba at Nyali, Mombasa, charges Sh1,000 per person at the door every Friday and Saturday, which is redeemable against drinks, notes Nigel Henson. He poses: “Being a driver and also not in the habit of consuming five beers or even 10 sodas, what do I do? If I take a girlfriend, do I really want her drinking her Sh1,000 worth of alcohol and the balance of mine? I would be carrying her to the car! Yes, charge to deter idlers but make an allowance for those who don’t want to take too much alcohol.”
Have a sobering day, won’t you!