The cutting edge, February 14, 2018 - Daily Nation

The cutting edge

Wednesday February 14 2018

KUDOS TO MEDICS. The team of medics and support staff at the Kenyatta National Hospital, which re-attached a boy’s arm that had been severed in an accident deserves kudos for a job well done, says Gerald Kamoto. He’s also full of praise for the Kiambu Hospital nurses who secured the boy’s bleeding limb, had it quickly amputated and passed on to the surgeons.  Also deserving accolades, are KNH staff, who admitted the patient and took measures to save the limb. “They have restored my confidence in our public healthcare system and Kenyan medical expertise.” His contact is [email protected]

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WATER HITCH. The residents of Komarock Phase 3A, John Kibish says, feel shortchanged by Nairobi Water Company. Kibish, a member of the residents’ welfare committee, is calling attention to “a dire water supply situation”. He adds: “There are 500 houses in Phase 3A, which have been occupied since 1996. Unfortunately, we have only known hell, as our water supply has been always irregular for 22 years. And it got worse in the last 13 years, with the water taps mostly dry. Following complaints, there have been five system upgrades, but the problem persists.” Kibish’s contact is Tel 0722 152 801 or [email protected]

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BLAMING FIRM. Also unhappy about poor water supply are the residents of Changamwe Estate in Mombasa, and Vivian Otieno is not mincing words about who is squarely to blame for this mess. It’s the Mombasa Water and Sewerage Company, which Vivian says must restore water supply to end the agony and suffering of the residents since mid-December last year. They have not only complained numerous times, but have also called at the company’s offices for help, in vain, “and yet water bills keep on arriving without fail”. His contact [email protected]

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DATA PUZZLE. Can someone at Safaricom help Jimmy Mwago understand how data bundles work? He normally buys daily data bundles for Sh50, which gives him 150MB of data and allows him 150 SMSs within 24 hours. Says he: “I am sure that I don’t send 150 texts in 24 hours. However, I have noted that once the data is finished, my airtime gets depleted for every SMS I send! This can only imply that I have used all of the 150 SMSs entitlement. Does CAK audit these telecos to ensure that customers get what they are promised?” His contact is [email protected]

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RIVER BANK ALARM! Calling Nema, the Kenya National Highways Authority and the Kisumu County leadership is local resident Charles Okore, who is alarmed about the building of a storeyed building less than a metre from a river in Maseno Division. Says he: “The last time I checked, Nema had clearly set a riverbank reserve at 30 metres, with KenHA also marking the road reserve on the Kisumu-Busia highway. How come the county planning department has authorised this construction? Something is not adding up.” His contact is [email protected]

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CLINGING TO POWER. As South Africa grapples with challenges to its 24-year-old democracy, Prof Maina Muchara is watching developments with a keen interest. Says he: “With President Jacob Zuma removed from heading the ruling ANC amid corruption scandals all over, clinging to power, it’s good to remember that 10 years ago, Thabo Mbeki was hounded out of office by a judicial ruling that favoured him. Being a gentleman, Mbeki promptly resigned though the decision was overturned some months later. Now, the South Africans must be regretting why they allowed that judicial lynching.”

 

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