THE CUTTING EDGE

What you need to know:

  • There has been an increase in the number of young people drinking in motor vehicles in Nairobi.
  • The drinking of alcohol, chewing of miraa and smoking of bhang start at 3pm until 8pm.

DYING FOR A DRINK: With the ban on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and other eateries, besides the closure of bars across the country, the government is on a precipice, warns Stephen Masambu. He adds: “That habits die hard is not in question. People will lose jobs and as former Nacada boss John Mututho has clearly put it, addicts will die.” As the country continues to take the bull by the horns, Stephen advises, “it’s worth noting that the Covid-19 recoveries are far more than the deaths”. However, the government, he thinks, has now left Kenyans to choose how to die. “Unemployment will kill many of us, as hunger and Covid-19 do so, too,” he declares. His contact is [email protected]

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RECKLESS LOT: The reckless behaviour fuelling the spread of Covid-19 is still going on, says Francis Ogolla. There has been an increase in the number of young people drinking in motor vehicles in Nairobi. “Some smart young Kenyans almost daily drive up to a sports ground at Madaraka. The cars are usually fully packed and they do not even bother to wear face masks. The drinking of alcohol, chewing of miraa and smoking of bhang start at 3pm until 8pm. Isn’t this just as risky as sitting in a bar and drinking? The police live nearby and can surely stop this.” His contact is [email protected]

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VIRUS ON WHEELS: As they ruthlessly crack down on the sale of alcohol in restaurants and other eateries while bars have been closed for several months, Ken Butiko says, the public health authorities are a missing a weak link through which the Covid-19 infections have been increasing. “In his latest address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, President Uhuru Kenyatta once again clamped down on restaurants and bars while leaving matatus, a risky industry in the spread of the virus, intact. Matatu drivers and conductors have been flouting the safety rules with impunity and need to be reined in.” His contact is [email protected]

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SNAIL MAIL: David Ngumi, who says he gave up on driving to Nairobi’s central business district a long time ago due to parking challenges and the irritating security guards who extort money from motorists, is excited by the ongoing beautification of the streets and widening of pavements. Since the appointment of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General Mohammed Badi, he adds, things are looking up. Baffling though is that, in the NMS adverts inviting views on what the agency is doing, “they have provided only a post office box number and a landline, which is never answered”. His contact is [email protected]

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‘COOKING’ FIGURES: As the Covid-19 pandemic takes its toll on the socioeconomic well-being of the citizens, Chacha Nyaigoti Bichang’a says, it is disheartening for some Kenya Revenue Authority staff attempting to take advantage of taxpayers who filed their tax returns after the June 30 deadline. Instead of assisting him to complete the task, Bichang’a claims that some crooked KRA staff in Kisii Town conspired not to amend the returns erroneously filed by one of them by deliberately omitting an insurance tax relief he was entitled to. After being so badly let down, Chacha urgently needs help as he risks a Sh20,000 penalty over “some cooked-up figures”. His contact is [email protected]



ALONE AND LONELY: That former Sudanese strongman Omar al-Bashir has been abandoned as he faces trial over the long repressive reign and the military coup that brought him to power in 1989 is not surprising, says Mwangi Karuga. “This is what happens in everyday life everywhere. Many people will be your good friends as long as you’re doing well, but abandon you immediately you fall from grace. Bashir’s abandonment by his former comrades is, therefore, quite normal and expected.” His contact is [email protected]

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