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THE CUTTING EDGE

Friday May 24 2019

RECYCLED OFFICIALS: Taking issue with the recent appointments to diplomatic missions, top government and other public sector jobs by President Uhuru Kenyatta is Carol Maina. She says despite the array of talent, qualifications and expertise available, the President continues to recycle old names, including politicians whom Kenyans rejected at the ballot in 2017. “It is just about reshuffling the same old faces. I would have expected those who have never served in the public sector, not political rejects. Sadly, there are many young people and members of marginalised communities in whom the President did not find qualities for these appointments.” Her contact is [email protected]

ANALOG STATION: Steve Martkins finds the diesel-powered trains on the standard gauge railway and failure to embrace high-tech systems in this Digital Age quite disappointing. But appearing to rub salt into the wound, he adds, is the Nairobi SGR terminus in Syokimau, off Mombasa Road, which is stuck in the old ways. Steve does not like the Sh100 parking tickets issued manually at the station to motorists. Neither does he spare the EasyCoach bus company for failure to repair the short, terribly dilapidated road leading to the railway station. His contact is [email protected]

LUNARSCAPE ROAD: An elderly resident of Shanzu on the North Coast, who has asked to be referred to only as CR, fearing possible retribution, says the condition of all the roads in this neighbourhood is simply pathetic. CR adds: “In between the new cabro road leading to Pride Inn and the one road from the Water Stage to Braeburn School, lies a ‘no-man’s land’ of rocks, craters and tiny lakes. This moonscape is rough on motor vehicles and people! The odd thing is that it leads directly to a local leader’s residence.” In the past eight years, the aggrieved resident reports, “this road has only been ‘scraped’, which has actually made it worse. What do we have to do to get this one sorted out?”

RELUCTANT MERCHANT: Without disclosing which of the two he subscribes to, Elvis Muruli is irritated at what he describes as the “continued unwillingness of Airtel to effectively compete with Safaricom”. Says he: “Airtel is failing on all fronts, be it voice, data or mobile money. You must walk for a mile to get an Airtel Money agent and, in most cases, you will not even get the service. Calls keep breaking and their data is slow! It would have been very easy to escape from ‘FOOL-iza’ had Airtel Money been more effective. Airtel Kenya should pull up its socks.” His contact is [email protected].

PITCH-DARK LAARE: Urgently calling Kenya Power’s emergency section, Ngure Kamau says that, for the second week and counting, part of the miraa-rich Laare Township in Igembe North Constituency, Meru County, has had no electricity, which the utility’s office in Maua Town has blamed on lack of transformers. He poses: “How, without some adequate power, can this be possible in a country that aspires to achieve its “Big Four” agenda (manufacturing, affordable shelter, healthcare and food security)? How is this supposed to help in achieving those goals and, more importantly, does the company mind its own customers and its balance sheet?” His contact is [email protected]

WHAT'S IN A NAME? There is this place between Kangemi and Uthiru shopping centres, off the Nairobi-Naivasha highway, southwest of the city centre, that Githuku Mungai recalls with a tinge of nostalgia that some men from his village that he doesn’t name used to frequent on Sunday afternoons until about 10 or so years ago, and it was for a nice drink that they could afford. He adds: “The place is called Thiboro. Might anybody know how this name was coined?” Hoping for an answer, Githuku’s contact is [email protected]


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