CUTTING EDGE - Daily Nation


Monday November 28 2005

By WATCHMAN, [email protected]

While the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund keep prescribing to Kenya how it should be run and preferably in their very own way, notes Ian James Goodwin, they won't lift a finger against the apparent graft in European countries. He adds: "For the 11th year, the auditors have once again refused to endorse the European Union accounts!"

The Nairobi City Council has stepped up efforts to clean up the metropolis and deny the scavenging Marabou storks the grim and dirt that is the food that attracts them to the city, says Town Clerk John Gakuo. He adds: "I wish to inform Paul Otieno and others that the council has put in place measures to enhance cleanliness in our city environment. This is the only way to get rid of the birds."


How come it has proved so difficult to construct a decent terminus or two in Nairobi for the lucrative matatu industry? Dennis Njagi asks. Dennis says that as Town Clerk John Gakuo and his team go about beautifying the city by repainting lanes and planting trees, they should also consider putting up some shelters where commuters can conveniently wait for their transport, come rain or shine.

While back home on holiday, Moses N. Kamau, who lives in Minneapolis, United States, was having a stroll in the Doonholm area of Nairobi, when he came across an institution called Humble Hearts School for the Deaf. Says he: "I was touched by the poor condition of their structure, a mabati room barely 100sq ft, for about 30 children. I then offered to link the school to my church and fellow Kenyans in the US. Though management didn't seem impressed, I am still keen to help." Kamau's address is [email protected] .

Nairobi's Central Police Station is in a sorry state, especially the roof in the reporting room, says Larry Liza. "Cobwebs are everywhere, and even on the fluorescent light tubes. The same is the case at the reception. Don't the reforms they are talking about in the police force include cleanliness?"

Some good news for Rosina Shambi from the acting Principal Registrar of Persons, Mrs J.W. Mugo. Rosina's national identity card has already been processed and is ready for collection from the District Registrar at Westlands, Nairobi.

The resounding No vote in the November 21 referendum, in which the Orange camp rallied Kenyans to emphatically reject the proposed new Constitution, is further proof that the country is seriously democratising, says James Ireri. "The days of political intimidation are long gone. And we have learnt to vote with our hearts and not stomachs."

Have a street wise day, won't you!

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