THE CUTTING EDGE

What you need to know:

  • Bars and wines and spirits shops in residential areas should be shut down as all the operators care about is making money.

DRINKING FROM HOME. The increasing infections and deaths from Covid-19 are worrying Joanne Nyawira, especially due to the recklessness of people who blatantly ignore the safety guidelines. Even as she calls for the closing down of all bars to ensure social distancing, Joanne is not amused about the idea of people buying alcohol to drink at home, as it is bound to set a bad example for the children. "Bars and wines and spirits shops in residential areas should be shut down as all the operators care about is making money. Many people, including leaders, have been arrested for drinking in crowded bars late at the night, defying the curfew law," she pleads. Her contact is [email protected]

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HUMILITY. Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja may have got into trouble for drinking in a bar during curfew hours, violating the Covid-19 protocols, but this has also revealed an admirable side of him, says Okwaro Inyende. On July 20, he adds, Sakaja not only apologised for his reckless conduct, but also stepped down as the chairperson of the Senate ad hoc committee on Covid-19. This, Okwaro adds, he least expected from a politician. “You have touched my heart and those of many others. You can count on my support for being different from the others.” he urges. His contact is [email protected]

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NARROW ROAD. In some parts of Mwimuto and Kibichiku in Kabete, Kiambu County, Githuku Mungai notes, the road is “so narrow that it’s impossible for vehicles moving in the opposite directions to pass each other”. One of the vehicles must get off the road slightly to create space for the other to pass, or stop so that the other can pass by slowly. “At times, one of the drivers will be forced to reverse his vehicle and get off the road to give way. This is not right.” He appeals to the county government to remove the people who have encroached on the roads and put up structures and fences to properly mark them. His contact is [email protected]

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LIGHTS JAM. Nairobi City County should invest in smart traffic lights and not waste money installing sub-standard things, says Dominic Manwa. “The traffic flow in the newly-dualised Ngong Road has been very smooth, and then suddenly, there is a gridlock from the traffic lights from Kenyatta National Hospital to Dagoretti Corner. This is simply too much, especially when the main road traffic stops for almost non-existent traffic from feeder roads,” he laments. “Please switch off these things; after all, with schools closed and the economy down, there is less traffic.” His contact is [email protected]

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TRUCK DANGER. There is disaster waiting to happen between the Total Petrol Station and Eveready factory roundabouts on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway, warns Mario Weru, due to the dangerous parking by long-distance truck drivers. They sometimes park by the roadside, largely blocking the view of the motorists exiting the petrol stations and a supermarket to rejoin the highway. “In the meantime, the lorry drivers while away the time in the nearby food kiosks, oblivious of the grave danger their parking poses to other road users. The Nakuru County government, he appeals, should move quickly to avert the looming disaster. His contact is [email protected]

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PARKING. Some unsolicited advice for Nairobi Metropolitan Services director-general Mohamed Abdalla Badi on parking in the city centre comes from John Muniu. “You should visit your next-door neighbours, the Holy Family Minor Basilica, and you won’t believe you are in Kenya.” Similarly, he adds, the NMS could learn how to convert the sunken parking lot between Jogoo House and Electricity House into a modern car park that can hold thousands of motor vehicles. You can then bar parking along the streets...” His contact is [email protected]

Have an exemplary day, won’t you!


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