THE CUTTING EDGE-April 15,2019 - Daily Nation

THE CUTTING EDGE

Sunday April 14 2019

PLASTIC BAN: The National Environment Management Authority has created confusion with its recent ban on non-woven bags, says Kamichore Mutindira, hoping that the authorities will shed light on the issue. Two years ago, he recalls, the outlawing of polythene bags was “effected with some missionary zeal by the same agency but gradually fizzled out”. Today, he reports, potatoes and tomatoes are freely sold in Nairobi in nylon bags. If Nema was the serious organisation it purports to be, he adds, it would have closed down the plants in Nairobi's Industrial Area that discharge toxic effluent into rivers. His contact is [email protected]

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SCHOOL FEES CONFUSION: There is an urgent need for the education authorities to “put in black and white” the fees and levies for public schools, urges Bonaya Nkondo. Parents are being taken round in circles on the free education programme, he moans. “Some are still paying huge amounts of money, especially in the public boarding schools, even when the right figures are listed in admission letters, such as those for Form One, which are well above the fees guidelines!” The guidelines should include all those payments “which seem to be on the increase”. His contact is [email protected]

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DEADLY LOVE: The increasing cases of barbaric murders of female students call for attention, says Peter Mballi. The young women, he believes, need to be educated on how to deal with relationships that result in their friends becoming such deadly enemies. “Most females should watch out as some easily get involved with males who are potentially deadly aggressors they cannot easily co-exist with for long,” he warns. He’s also warning against women who might entice men with the sole aim of benefiting materially from them. He also sees the tendency by females to accept expensive gifts from men they are not keen on as a potential source of deadly conflict. His contact is [email protected]

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CORRUPT POLICE: As he commutes every morning along the Gitaru-Ndenderu Road in Kiambu County, John Ndugire says, he is always pained to see traffic police officers collect bribes from matatus instead of enforcing law and order. The extortion is also rampant on Lower Kabete-Wangige and Mwimuto-Kitsuru roads in Nairobi. “They stop a matatu for a short banter with the driver, as he hands over the 50 bob note and the matatu moves on. They are so easy to catch!” There four “illegal ATMs” (roadblocks) with the fifth often at the Peponi-Ngecha roads junction. His contact is [email protected]

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SONKO SCORECARD: Either Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s tenure has seen an improvement in service delivery or city residents have just given up and seen no reason to continue whining and getting no response, says Duncan Mukabi. One of the best ways of measuring performance, he explains, is reviewing complaints. “A few years ago, Watchie had many items on City Hall, especially on water connection hitches, raw sewerage flowing on the roads, heaps of garbage, overzealous county askaris and poor roads. On the flipside, perhaps Governor Sonko has outperformed his predecessors to become the ‘Mr Fix-It’ and Nairobians are just stingy with compliments.” His contact is kabbz.[email protected]

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NHIF: Though universal health coverage is one of the Jubilee government’s projects that are at the heart of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s objective to improve the lives of fellow Kenyans, Michael Kinuthia is concerned about a possible duplication of efforts that could blunt its impact. And his source of concern is the place of the NHIF. He expected greater emphasis on the NHIF, offering it as a free service or radically lowering its subscriptions. He sees it as the vehicle to easily deliver the UHC dream. His contact is [email protected]

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