The cutting edge

Friday February 15 2013


POACHING MENACE: The government should curb the poaching of elephants and rhinos, urges Barre Shetto, writing from Mandera. The menace, he adds, is fast becoming a national disaster. One way, he proposes, is to implant chips into elephant tusks so that if one is killed, the loot can be easily tracked using GPS.

“As for rhinos, periodically dehorning them will discourage criminals from killing them. After all, the rhino horn, like the human finger nail, easily grows back.” His contact is [email protected]


ARMY FAIRPLAY: On Saturday, February 9, Dedan Njoroge says he was really looking forward to attending a friend’s wedding, but his hopes went up in smoke when he arrived at the Moi Air Base at Eastleigh, Nairobi, and they would not let him in because he has dreadlocks.

“I feel I was discriminated against. But even worse, women with dreadlocks were allowed in.” He sought an explanation from Army spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir through his Twitter account, but the response “was rather arrogant”. His contact is [email protected]


ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT? Following a non-injury accident in Nairobi, in which her vehicle’s front lights were smashed, Carol Mwangi went to the Kasarani Police Post to report the incident, but got the shock of her life.

She claims that some of the traffic police officers present demanded a Sh3,000 bribe, accusing her of driving an unroadworthy vehicle. She asks: “Should we have flown the car to the station or carried it on our backs? Do some of these officers think we collect money like stones on the road or grow it on trees? Shame on them!” Her contact is [email protected]


RAW SEWAGE: Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company has been unfair to residents of Golden Gate estate at South ‘B’, who have had to put with the raw sewage that has been flowing into their houses for several years now, says Irene Mwania.

On January 21, she called for help but got no response. She called them again on January 28, and they sent technicians, who abandoned the problem intact. But they had the cheek to ask Irene to pay Sh4,000. To date, the muck is still flowing. Irene’s contact is [email protected]


HONEST KENYAN: There are some really honest Kenyans out there, says Collins Mwatati, who, on February 11, sent some Sh505 worth of Safaricom airtime credit to the wrong number. On realising the error, he immediately called Safaricom, hoping to have the transaction reversed.

He was disappointed to learn that they could not do it. But on calling the number, he was pleasantly surprised by how cooperative the owner was. She sent back the credit. “She didn’t tell me her name, but I appreciate this.” His contact is [email protected]

Have straightforward day, won’t you!