THE CUTTING EDGE

Friday October 27 2017

DEMOCRACY: Kenyans must always strictly adhere to the Constitution as they seek to entrench democracy by holding free and fair elections, says Alnashir Walji. He hopes there will be peace around the country following the presidential poll repeat. Chaos after every major election, Alnashir adds, is a scourge that Kenyans must now shed. However, he is also worried about the statistics from several human rights organisations, indicating that scores of protesters have been killed by police in demos. “Let’s now try to usher in tranquility and good governance.” His contact is [email protected]

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VARSITY CLOSURE: The recent indefinite closure of the University of Nairobi is “reminiscent of the bad old days when students would spend up to seven years doing a three-year course due to incessant strikes”, claims W. Kimariech, adding that it does not augur well for this top institution in the country and the region. “The university must not deviate from timely release of fresh graduates into the job market. Please, reopen the university,” urges Kimariech, who says he misses the days of no-nonsense former Vice-Chancellor George Magoha, “when such closures were unheard of”. His contact is [email protected]

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GRAVE DANGER: Public-spirited Murang’a County resident Peter Mwaura is disappointed that despite reporting several times to Kenya Power about “high-voltage wires hanging precariously” over a house next to Charles Lwanga Secondary School in Kandara, no action has been taken. The wires, he adds, began to sag after ants chewed the wooden electricity poles over a year ago. “Are they waiting for someone to get electrocuted before they act? Watchie help us!” His contact is [email protected]

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BENCHMARKING: For an answer to the matatu mayhem in Nyeri Town’s central business district, which John Njuguna complained about, Stephen Irungu Chege says the officers in charge of transport there should seriously consider making a “benchmarking trip” to the nearby Murang’a County, to learn from Governor Mwangi wa Iria how to deal with the problem. “In Murang’a, passengers are picked up or dropped off only in the designated terminuses or bus stops. There are no police officers or county askaris to enforce this rule as all the matatu drivers obey it.” His contact is [email protected]
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SMART HITCH: A few months ago, Joe Ngige Mungai was quite happy when he bought himself a Lenovo smartphone from Tuskys Supermarket’s Chania outlet in Thika Town, which served him perfectly well until only recently. Being under warranty, he took it back to have it checked. “But alas, the shop attendant insisted that I produce the original receipt! In this era when a click of a button yields a soft copy, why do I need the receipt, which I have misplaced?” His contact is [email protected]

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UNCOMFORTABLE: Whenever dogs bark while being transported in the security firms’ motor vehicles, the message they are sending out is that they are uncomfortable, says Chandu Puthiya. Otherwise, he explains, most dogs enjoy car rides and the security companies should not subject them to such cruelty while moving them from one place to another. He is, therefore, appealing to the KSPCA to immediately intervene and ensure that these hardworking animals are not confined in the dark in vehicles. His contact is [email protected]

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