With Britain desperate to forge new ties after its European Union exit, Kenya should renegotiate agreements on an equal basis.
BREXIT SPOILS: With Britain desperate to forge new ties after its European Union exit, Kamichore Mutindira says, Kenya should renegotiate agreements on an equal basis. President Uhuru Kenyatta should push Prime Minister Theresa May to lift the ban on miraa, once a major foreign exchange earner. “After all, British multinational BAT, the cigarette manufacturer, continues to operate in Kenya peacefully and yet its product has nicotine, which causes cancer in smokers.” He says the UK had “neglected Kenya for nearly 30 years”. His contact is email@example.com.
JUBILEE TEES: Since the March 9 handshake at Harambee House, Nairobi, between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, Taji Shivachi reports, there has been an increase in the number of people donning the Jubilee Party tees in the Nyanza opposition stronghold. “The T-shirts look crisp new, an indication that somebody had probably just kept them in the store as the safety of the people wearing them in the area could not be guaranteed then. The handshake has truly opened up things, including business stores.” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
MATATU MENACE: A resident of Waruku on Musa Gitau Road, west of Nairobi’s city centre, Katie Ruthie, is convinced that only Governor Mike Sonko — and not the NTSA, whose responsibility it is — can save her and her neighbours from a deafening matatu menace. From 4.30am the cacophony of blaring horns begins, shattering the peace and quiet in the neighbourhood. “Even on Sundays, our children and those in a neighbouring children’s home cannot sleep. They then cause traffic jams by blocking the roads.” She cries: “Save us!” Her contact is email@example.com.
ILLEGAL STRUCTURES: The demolition of kiosks and other makeshift business outfits at Karen on the Lang’ata South Road in Nairobi was long overdue, says Job Otieno. They were an eyesore, he adds, wondering who approved them. Job now appeals to the city county to extend the campaign to the Lang’ata estates and Kitengela Road starting from Uhuru Gardens Primary School to Southlands. “Not only are they a nuisance but they also harbour criminals,” says Job, adding: “The county should set up markets elsewhere for these traders.
UNIVERSITY OF DILAPIDATION: When he recently accompanied a new student who was getting admitted to the University of Eldoret recently, Maiko Sunzuki says, staring at him like a sore thumb was the institution’s appalling state of dilapidation. “This fine, well-designed, built and beautiful campus is in a state of disrepair,” laments Maiko. “Though some repainting is going on, the staircases and floors need repairs. Even the administration block and halls of residence are in a pathetic state. It's a big shame.” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOW TRAFFIC: As the corruption purge rages, Benuel Bosire claims, even the traffic in Nairobi’s city centre is getting streamlined “as I no longer see those many fuel guzzlers”. This, he adds, is a different city today as the traffic is smooth all the way — along the Thika Superhighway to Mombasa Road, and from Jogoo Road to Waiyaki Way. “This is something experts need to study. Is there a link between corruption and traffic jams? Where have the big cars suddenly disappeared to?” His contact is email@example.com.
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