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Wednesday October 19 2011

By THE WATCHMAN

Manicure . . . Pedicure! With the sending of Kenyan troops across the border into Somalia to pursue Al Shabaab militants behind the recent abductions of foreigners, James Torore Makori says he keenly followed NTV’s County Edition on Saturday evening and was amused to note the well-manicured and varnished nails of one of the female soldiers. He adds: “She looked more like a person preparing for a night of fun at a club and not one getting ready for combat with members of the terrorist organisation.”

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Honour M-Pesa innovator. As the world mourns American innovator Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple computers, Simiyu Barasa wishes whoever invented the M-Pesa mobile cash transfer in Kenya could also be recognised and feted for an innovation that has won accolades in the world. Simiyu adds: “We need to celebrate this achievement. It is a pity that inventors overseas are always quickly recognised while Kenyans behind world-changing innovations remain unknown.”

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Deadly stench. For over a month now, the residents of Komarock Phase 3A estate have had to put up with stench from a blocked sewer, which has been discharging the muck into the open, Ibrahim O. Haggai reports. He says their pleas to Nairobi Water and Sewage Company’s Kayole offices have yielded nothing. The person they have been advised to call, a Mr Nyota, keeps promising that a team will be sent to fix the problem, but nothing happens. Ibrahim’s contact is Tel. 0721447564 or [email protected]

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Ngong too filthy. Ngong Town is probably the dirtiest urban centre on Nairobi’s outskirts, remarks Mumbi Ngari. “It’s always dusty or muddy, especially the market square or the bus park. Mumbi just cannot imagine that local MP George Saitoti, who has presidential ambitions, cannot show at the local level what he is capable of doing for the country using CDF. “What is this fund for if it can’t be used to fix such basic infrastructure? Her contact is [email protected]

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Where are the glasses? How come no public hospital or health centre that offers treatment for eye problems gives spectacles to patients? asks Evaline Kibuchi. She says people diagnosed with defects requiring that they wear spectacles are always referred to mission hospitals, especially the one at Kikuyu or to some private or NGO-run ones. “Why can’t the government consider making this as affordable as other health services so that even the poor, who have eye problems, can get the relief they require?” asks Evaline, whose contact is [email protected]

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Rethink coach. Not impressed with Harambee Stars’ performance against Uganda Cranes in Kampala which ended in a 0-0 draw, Joseph Ngigi says Zedekiah Otieno, aka Zico, is not the right person to coach the national team. With Zico having trouble with his own club, Gor Mahia, which has lately sidelined him, Ngigi wonders why anybody would expect him to perform at a higher level. The job, he proposes, should be given back to either Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee or Francis Kimanzi. His contact [email protected]

Have the best day, won’t you!

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