THE CUTTING EDGE -July 13, 2018 - Daily Nation

THE CUTTING EDGE

Friday July 13 2018

COALITION CURSE. The tension in the ruling Jubilee Party, Taabu Tele says, is due to failure to learn from history about “the curse of forming coalitions ... without anchoring them on principles on institutions”. The deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto “was packaged as if the voters are brainless and safely tucked in their pockets”. Even the “much-heralded handshake between Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga” will soon outlive its honeymoon “unless it’s institutionalised and made more inclusive”. His contact is [email protected]

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ETHNIC PROFILING. The reference to a part of the defunct Nyanza Province as “Luo Nyanza” has been around for decades and generally used without ruffling feathers. However, Ralang Odemba says he has been lately reflecting on the issue and wonders who came up with the phrase and why to describe that part of Nyanza occupied by members of the Luo community thus. He poses: “Isn’t this some form of ethnic profiling? Why don't we have Kisii Nyanza, Kikuyu Rift Valley, Ameru Central, Kamba Eastern or even Giriama Coast?” His contact is [email protected]

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THIRSTY KAHAWA WEST. Would Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company rush to the rescue of the residents of Laicena Road at Kahawa West, who have not had a drop of water in their taps for the past three weeks, urges Julie Mburugu. She and her neighbours suspect that some wayward employees of the utility could be colluding with private water vendors to profiteer from the lack of supply. This area has a large population and this not healthy at all. We are also tired of buying a 20-litre jerrican of water at Sh50.” Her contact is [email protected]

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BEER WAR. Legitimate dealers in alcoholic beverages in Kiambu County are being driven into ruin through a well-orchestrated extortion ring, claims Charlie Kamanga. “County askaris accompanied by hired goons often descend on a bar and harass staff and patrons and then carry away the whole stock after arresting the waiters. The wait-ers are taken to court and released on cash bail but the cases never see the light of day due to lack of prosecution as the businesses are legal.” Concentrate on eradicating illicit brews, he says. His contact is [email protected]

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STUDENT UNREST. Those accusing teachers over the unrest in which students have gone on the rampage destroying school property can-not be serious, says Eliab Otiato. He adds: “It is a fact that all the powers that teachers used to have over students or pupils have long been withdrawn in the name of protecting children’s rights.” Eliab also faults the ministry for prescribing guiding and counselling, yet there are no specialists in the schools! “We only rush to adopt certain policies that are never of any benefit to the country.” His contact is [email protected]

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WARPED MINDS. Weighing in on the debate on the unrest in schools, Prof Sam Chege poses: “Can any of the readers help me to understand the minds of the young people today who have no problem burning down their own schools? During our time as students, such an act was unthinkable. We could not destroy an institution of learning as it was our best path out of poverty. Something has gone horribly wrong in our society.” His contact is [email protected]

Have an explainable day, won’t you!