THE CUTTING EDGE

SCARY NEWS. Media reports that the Ministry of Health has ordered some 100,000 body bags are not only scary, but also a sign that the country could be losing the battle against Covid-19, with the increasing numbers of infections and deaths, remarks university don X.N. Iraki. However, he could not help noting, just out of sheer curiosity, that the price of each body bag to be purchased was not given in the story. “However, one wishes we could focus more on how to avoid buying the body bags and save as many people as possible from Covid-19. At this rate, I fear we might be told to start writing our Wills...,” laments Prof Iraki, whose contact is [email protected]

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TIMELY ADVICE. The Covid-19 infections, Naima Nemali notes, have rapidly increased since the lifting of the lockdown. Now, she laments, Kenyans are living in fear every day of an explosion. “This is making life more complicated, especially in the densely populated areas, as most people have gone back to their normal lifestyles.” The people, Naima urges, should remember that it’s their lives that are on the line and observe the safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing face masks, as they frequently wash their hands. Her contact is [email protected]

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MISPLACED PRIORITIES. After standing in line at the Likoni Channel for over an hour on Monday, Pauline McKenzie rang the ferry supervisor, who said that the vessel would be moving in 10 minutes. “Why do they lie? I then called him back and he said it was a government directive to put more pedestrians on the ferry. There were three ferries. If they just used one for vehicles, it would clear the congestion.” She doesn’t see the logic in prioritising the non-paying passengers. “If there were no motor vehicles, there would be no money to buy fuel and no more ferries!” quips Pauline, whose contact is [email protected]

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GREAT PROJECT. The renovation of the Nanyuki-Nairobi railway line, Njuguna Mwaniki says, is the most impressive development in the Mt Kenya region in recent times. Most of the railway land in Nanyuki, he adds, had been acquired by ‘private developers’ and fenced off, with big, private apartments coming up. But he is happy to note that the land has since been repossessed and fenced off by Kenya Railways Corporation. “I hope Kenyans and foreign tourists will visit the town to see its great attractions, especially the snow-capped Mt Kenya.” His contact is [email protected]

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BROTHER’S KEEPER. The best demonstration of solidarity he has seen in a long time, Dave Tumbula notes, is the ongoing online funds drive, mainly by journalists and other media personalities, to assist former business editor and columnist Dominic Odipo, who suffered a stroke in 2013, and has been bedridden since then. “When the organising committee announced that the target was Sh2 million to get Odipo back to hospital, it looked like a dream. However, I checked in one of the special WhatsApp groups and they are already at nearly Sh1.3 million. This is exemplary, and keep it up, scribes!” Dave pleads.

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LOVE MATTERS. Growing up in Nairobi’s Eastlands, Patrick Majanja recalls, it was normal to have public displays of love, which is no longer the case today. Says he: “I grew up seeing lovebirds lighting up the streets walking hand in hand. Fast forward to 2020, one would be lucky to encounter such a show of affection. Could this be evidence of rampant philandering? Would that explain why many people won’t be caught red-handed holding a lover's hand?” His contact is [email protected]

Have a romantic day, won’t you!


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