THE CUTTING EDGE

Wednesday October 11 2017

IT'S LAUGHABLE! The claim by some IEBC officials, Jubilee Party leaders and other politicians that the Supreme Court, which nullified the August 8 presidential election, did not find anyone culpable is laughable, says Ken Butiko, adding: “The court was clear that some illegalities and irregularities were committed during the election! Some people committed these illegalities, not machines. Instead of sitting on a holier than thou pedestal, the IEBC needed to clean its house but has flatly refused. Nasa’s demands, he explains, are not a mountain too high to climb. His contact is [email protected]

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PARTY INTERESTS: The politicians, who have been holding press conferences day after day, to articulate their personal views and party interests, Collins Ochieng appeals, should also consider addressing other pressing matters affecting country, especially focusing on the need to tackle national problems and forge economic development. He wishes the politicians could now usher in a new dawn, where they deal seriously with development strategies to propel the country towards the achievement of Vision 2030. His contact is [email protected]

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OFFICER'S WOES: Police, who have lately found themselves between a rock and hard place in the discharge of their duties to maintain law and order, deserve respect, says George Mbiro. On the one hand, he adds, the officers are accused of using excessive force against protesters, while on the other hand, they are blamed for not using their power to stop looting and damage to property. The authority of the officers, he fears, is being undermined as most people defy them knowing that they cannot readily use their weapons. His contact is [email protected]

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IT'S ROBBERY: This is robbery without violence, says Joe Ngige Mungai, in response to the requirement that the KCSE exam candidates this year must buy the Edition 6 of the mathematical table and yet schools bought the fifth series only last year, which cannot be used. According to him, there is no difference between the two to justify the decision to declare Edition 5 obsolete. “Each table costs Sh480 and assuming that there are 60,000 candidates, someone will pocket Sh28.8 million and the rational is that they are fighting cheating.” His contact is [email protected]

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EPIDEMIC: The malaria epidemic, which is being fuelled by the near collapse of the public health sector, makes a mockery of the benefits such as free maternity care that political leaders keep on trumpeting at campaign rallies, says Misheck Wambu. The blame game between the county and national governments over the failure to end the nurses’ over two-month old strike, he adds, is not helping as the people’s suffering continues and at a which cost. The two levels of government, he insists, must do everything to solve the problem as soon as possible. His contact is [email protected]

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BURNING RISK: Nothing worries Patrick Shioso as much as watching those long tankers emptying fuel into underground tanks at petrol stations in Nairobi and other towns, while people are busy enjoying their meals in nearby restaurants with open flames burning. But the managers of the same stations, Patrick adds, will have put up a sign, warning motorists to switch off their mobile phones, while still, ironically, expecting them to pay for their petrol by M-Pesa paybill or till number. His contact is [email protected]

Have a careful day, won’t you!