THE CUTTING EDGE

What you need to know:

  • No wonder Kenyans who can afford it have resorted to seeking a second opinion from experts in India and other countries

LAB AFFAIR: Quite alarming is the revelation that one of the best private labs in the country has had its Covid-19 test results challenged, remarks Ruth Gituma, hoping that Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and his team at Afya House in Nairobi will address this. If there was ever a wake-up call to the Health ministry, he adds, this is it. Ruth would also like to know how many such labs exist. “How many people have had wrong diagnoses from the labs for other ailments and are alive or have been buried six-foot deep with all the evidence? No wonder Kenyans who can afford it have resorted to seeking a second opinion from experts in India and other countries.” Her contact is [email protected]

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COMMUTE: The development of infrastructure is the best means to judge a country’s development and Churchill Amatha agrees. He, for instance, wishes to see standard gauge railway (SGR) passengers alight at Changamwe in Mombasa. They should then get on the old metre gauge railway to the Indian Ocean and hop onto a ferry or other water vessel to either Likoni or Port Reitz. One could also drop off at the Kenyatta public beach and bid bye to those proceeding to Kikambala and Malindi. “It’s high time we developed alternative means.” His contact is [email protected]

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PROJECTS: Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has been quite busy with the development of infrastructure but James Githinji is unhappy with the apparent obsession with starting projects. As President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to launch the new ones, James notes that appear to have stalled. They include the Ruiru-Githunguri road, in Kiambu County, whose construction has stalled for several months. Another is the bridge in Ruiru Town, which has been “work-in-progress” for over a year. The road was tarmacked up to Ngewa Town and stopped. “It would be sensible to complete the old projects before starting new ones. CS Macharia, kindly look into this.” His contact is [email protected]

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LEGEND: A name that is revered in Kenyan education circles is that of the late English teacher Edward Carey Francis, who first taught at Maseno School and became the headmaster (1928-40). He taught mathematics briefly at Duke of York School (Lenana School) but made his name as the headmaster of Alliance High School (1940-62). Chris Kiriba wants his name immortalised by naming a school after him. And the best bet, he says, is his alma mater, Pumwani Secondary School, “where Carey Francis breathed his last” and adds: “It would be a fitting honour”. His contact is [email protected]

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‘ROBBERY’ WITHOUT VIOLENCE: An otherwise loyal customer, Kizito Kwena, has an axe to grind with mobile telephony service provider Safaricom as he is convinced that he is being ripped off by the regional giant. This, Kizito claims, has been going on for a long time and he dares the management to prove him wrong. “Safaricom Plc has been blatantly robbing me of my hard-earned cash, albeit without violence. Every time I buy airtime credit, Sh2.50 is automatically deducted.” He hopes somebody at the telco will explain to him in very simple terms why this happens and cannot be stopped. His contact is [email protected]

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SPORTS SPONSORSHIP: When betting firms SportPesa and Betin discontinued sponsorship of local football last year, Jim Webo recalls, the bone of contention was the heavy taxation that it saw as a huge burden to shoulder. Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and other beneficiaries have been under severe financial strain, unable to pay players and coaches. Jim is baffled that Nigerian firms BetKing and Betsafe, have arrived with hefty offers. “How do they hope to make money in a taxation environment that saw the others throw in the towel? Could they eyeing other sources of income?”

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