THE CUTTING EDGE

Tuesday June 12 2018

DROPPED OFFICERS: Of the 15 Principal Secretaries President Uhuru Kenyatta recently sacked after being sidelined for several months, Githuku Mungai says he empathises mostly with Irungu Nyakera, a “young and well-educated man who had been poached from a bank for the job”. He wonders whether the man actually blundered by agreeing to take up the civil service job. He just cannot understand how a man who had shone in the private sector could have flopped so spectacularly in the government job. His contact is [email protected]

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GOING TRIBAL ON GRAFT: Even as most Kenyans relish the renewed campaign against the runaway corruption, especially in the public sector, Kennedy Butiko is rather disappointed that “some people are retreating into their tribal cocoons”. The tendency by some Kenyans to support “our own” when under the spotlight one Kennedy finds disgusting. President Uhuru Kenyatta, he adds, “should draw comfort from the fact that the majority of Kenyans are with him on this one” and totally ignore the tribal talk. His contact is [email protected]

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BLOWING HOT AND COLD: After her complaint about a delay in issuing her passport was published on April 19, Lydia Onyando was elated at the quick response from the Immigration Department in Nyayo House, Nairobi. She received an email from the Deputy Director of Immigration, on the same day, asking for her details, which she sent immediately. But since then, there has been no communication from him or any other immigration official. “I have been waiting to receive the passport since July last year,” moans Lydia, whose contact is [email protected]

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PITCH-DARK MALINDI: Malindi, one of the beautiful coastal resort towns that not only has a rich heritage but is also a perfect holiday destination or weekend getaway for lovers or families, is in total darkness at night, Veronica Onjoro laments. This, she adds, poses a danger to the local residents and tourists and denies the visitors a chance to move freely and enjoy their nights out. Veronica is, therefore, appealing to the Kilifi County government to consider installing solar street lights to enhance security at night. Her contact is [email protected]

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ILLITERATE RIDERS: The boda boda transport sub-sector has the potential to contribute to the economy and create jobs for youth but rogue elements within it make this difficult to achieve, says Tony Mwangi. The sub-sector now thrives in lawlessness and “provocative impunity, violating traffic rules by notoriously riding against or across oncoming traffic, adds Tony. Partly to blame, he says, is the “illiteracy of most of the riders”. In the major towns, his preference, he says, would have been the three-wheelers, popularly known as tuk-tuk. His contact is [email protected]

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STEEP JOB CONDITIONS: There are many good jobs that Andayi Mushenye sees advertised but quite frustrating are the unreasonable conditions by the would-be employers. “Many require five or more years of experience. How can a fresh university or college graduate get a job with such steep requirements? The best way is to employ new graduates temporarily for 120 days. At 90 days, the hiring manager should do a job performance review to see if the intern meets the threshold. If there is no improvement, then don’t hire them.” His contact is [email protected]

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