Just when the new Kenya Airways management is trying to turn around the ailing airline, its engineers have decided to go on strike.
KQ ENGINEERS: Just when the new hardworking Kenya Airways management is trying to turn around the ailing airline, Anil K. Shah is shocked that its engineers have decided to go on strike, demanding pay matching what their counterparts in the Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates and Qatar earn. “How can they compare KQ with those airlines, which have superior fleets of planes and much wider connections? During this critical period of recovery, one would expect all staff to demonstrate loyalty and commitment to bring back the glory of our national airline.” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
WALL PORTRAITS: Though unsuccessful, Starehe parliamentary candidate Boniface Mwangi has won praise for his activism and running an admirably transparent campaign as he solicited donations even from the most lowly. Having his portraits still drawn on the walls of businesses in Nairobi, is a blot on his image, says Jim Webo. However, Jim hopes Boniface can redeem himself by organising to have the portraits scraped off the walls, some of which are a eyesore right in the city centre, just like the election campaign posters.
‘FAKE PAPERS’: The University of Nairobi’s recent deregistration of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi for applying for admission using fake papers is, ironically, also an indictment of the institution itself, says Mwangi Wanjohi. “If Mr Linturi passed the university entry exam, it could mean that the marking was suspect. This is what the university should have reviewed. If he did not pass his Form Four or Form Six exams, how could he have passed the exams for the award of the degree he was to obtain? It is the initial measurement, therefore, that was inaccurate!” His contact is email@example.com.
NOXIOUS TASTE: Brash, brilliant, loud and contrarian, Robert Mukirae notes, are adjectives that barely fit the description of Nasa strategist David Ndii, who has lately found himself targeted by security personnel. Robert adds: “He’s not my favourite cup of tea, but his recent arrest has left a particularly noxious taste. It smacks of a desperate and insecure regime, blindly intolerant of dissent, lashing out at the slightest provocation. For heaven’s sake, President Uhuru Kenyatta, please, have the goons reined in or our beloved country shall reap the whirlwind!” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org
NO ELECTRICITY: Deep in rural Siaya County at Nyambweke Market in Ugenya constituency, Henry Owuor moans, Kenya Power installations have lately become mere decorations that do not at all serve the very crucial purpose for which they were erected. Says he: “The electricity supply is never there. This is strange as there is no political ‘resist action’ against the power utility. It is time Kenya Power took its customers a bit more seriously. The transformer is always down and power gone most of the time.” For the details, his contact is email@example.com.
AWASH WITH COINS: Eldoret, fondly known as the home of the champions, thanks to the exploits of the world-conquering athletes, Thomas Kipruto strongly believes, has been quietly building up another reputation, as the Sh5 coins town. He adds: “On buying something at the shop, you will be given several of them as change. And on most matatu routes, the fare is Sh15, Sh25 or Sh35 and Sh1 coins are gladly accepted, too. Can economists or financial experts shed some light on this phenomenon?” urges Thomas, whose contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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