THE CUTTING EDGE

Friday January 19 2018

‘MINISTRY OF NAIROBI’: Nairobi City County should be transformed into a ministry for effective management, Francis Kirubi proposes, with a competent manager for the capital. Governor Mike Sonko, he adds, can’t provide the required leadership, insisting that his election was partly because he chose a top corporate manager as his deputy. “Having a governor from either Jubilee or Nasa means that Nairobi is competing with Turkana, Trans Nzoia and other counties instead of major world cities,” says Francis, whose contact is [email protected]

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PASSPORT RENEWAL: Renewal of passports overseas on e-Citizen is a “complete failure”, Australia-based Kenyan Jane Hughes laments. She wants the Immigration Department to explain the process to the diaspora. Since the online portal doesn’t recognise foreign numbers, shouldn’t they use their email addresses? “Another problem is that Kenyans who turn 18 while abroad cannot even register on e-Citizen as it only takes national identification numbers. Must we come back to Kenya to renew our passports?” Her contact is [email protected]

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SILENT VICTIMS: Equally to blame for the road carnage are passengers and matatu drivers and their conductors, says Njoroge Kibe, in response to public criticism of NTSA and the traffic police. “As drivers speed, passengers often watch in silence, to be dispatched to hospitals or mortuaries through reckless driving. Another is the God-is-in-control attitude,” says Njoroge. He asks the police to arrest survivors who talk about speeding drivers on leaving hospital and charge them with attempted suicide. His contact is [email protected]

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LAND CARTELS: Cartels are back in operation, carrying out illicit deals at the Mombasa Lands Office, claims Robert Thuku. Just like in the past, he adds, files “have been disappearing” until palms are greased by those in need of land title deeds to enable them to carry out their transactions. Robert has, since last year, tried in vain to do an official search for a piece of land (No. 592/2 Section III MN [Sub.Div 11333). Frustrated, he is now calling for a thorough investigation of the lands registry. His contact is [email protected]

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SHORTCHANGED PENSIONER: Retired civil servant Nicholas Wafula should be enjoying his well-earned rest. But he is not, as he feels shortchanged, having been denied his right. The Kitale resident would like to know from the Director of Pensions why his pension increment that was due in July, “according to the Pensions Act (Cap 190-2013)”, was not fully effected. Though the new rate came into force in August, Nicholas is demanding his withheld July payment. His pension number is 156894 and contact Tel 0721 556 972 or [email protected]

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VEHICLE INSPECTION: The agency charged with vehicle inspection, especially of public service vehicles (PSVs), before they are licensed should not only check roadworthiness but also carry out regular checks to ascertain that all the windows work, says Willis O. Aguko. Some old buses and matatus used for commuter service and long-distance travel have almost all their sliding windows either permanently shut or open, he says. The front windows are always left open, subjecting passengers to the elements, including strong winds. His contact is [email protected]

Have a functional day, won’t you!