THE CUTTING EDGE

Thursday June 14 2018

UTTERANCES: The country has seen some tremendous period of peace since President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga had their “golden handshake” outside Harambee House several months ago, says Catholic priest Felix Kasomo. This, Fr Kasomo adds, should serve as a lesson to other leaders that their “political gestures and utterances determine the direction in which the country moves, hence the need to guard their political signals and words”. He quips: “What the leaders do can demolish or build peace!” His contact is [email protected]

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CORRUPTION: The next frontier in the raging war on corruption, Ruth Gituma says, should be the Customs officials and other operations at the country’s border points. These, she adds, are the points through which counterfeits and smuggled goods are sneaked into the country by some crooked officials, thus denying the government the revenue it badly needs to provide basic ser-vices to the citizens. A case in point, she adds, is the mess that is happening in the sugar industry, where even a poisonous consignment is cleared for sale. Her contact is [email protected]

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STUDENT UNREST: The destruction of property during boarding school student unrest is alarming, says Boaz Omuga. Without serious steps, “we are going to have a society of unruly people whose members can only solve their differences by brawn”, he says. The same vice plays out in institu-tions of higher learning, where students can go on the rampage because of a blackout on their campus. “School is where one learns good morals and ethics. The government should quickly come up with mechanisms to curb this menace.” His contact is [email protected]

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DIFFERENCE: The striking difference between the private and public sectors, Silas Nyambok ex-plains, is that the former is about efficiency and results while in the latter the focus is about equity and processes. He adds: “In the private sector, when one comes across a snake it gets killed im-mediately. In the government, the line ministry should be informed so that a committee is consti-tuted to investigate and advise on the way forward.” This explains why a fellow who excelled in the private sector can easily get kicked out of a government job. His contact is [email protected]

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SUPPORT: The recent ruling by Justice Florence Muchemi, in which she threw out one DKM’s case for child support from her former husband, is commendable, says Patrick Majanja. Some women, Patrick claims, will tout gender equality in public but “will tend to play the weak and powerless so that men maintain them and their children, even when they have well-paying jobs or businesses. I fully agree with the judge, a woman herself, that parental responsibility must be a shared effort!” His contact is [email protected]

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WORLD CUP: As the football World Cup kicks off in Russia today, opening a bonanza that will last a month, F. Mukembu cannot help marvelling at the power of this most popular sport to hold the attention of so many people at the same time. However, Mukembu has some concerns. Says he: “During this season, there will be many ugly incidents among the many followers the world over, some really crazy and weird. But self-control is key to contain the situation. Football fanatics in schools should not wreak havoc and disrupt learning.” His contact is [email protected]

Have a thrilling day, won’t you!