THE CUTTING EDGE: July 11, 2018 - Daily Nation

THE CUTTING EDGE

Wednesday July 11 2018

SUGAR-TONGUED LEGISLATORS: The recent “half-done, shoddy parliamentary report on contraband sugar suspected to have been laced with mercury and other heavy metals points to a wanton misuse of public funds by the MPs”, says Misheck Wambu. He adds: “The whole report seems fishy, wanting and adulterated with some sugary lies.” At his rate, Misheck warns, all the parliamentary committees risk losing “the little public trust they still have remaining as they have been underperforming in their watchdog role”. His contact is [email protected]

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POWER BILL FRAUDSTERS: How do the “creative fellows” who call Kenya Power customers over their “unpaid” electricity bills get the details of the people they are targeting to rip off, including the exact amount? asks Dr Patrick Mbataru. “Who is this person who so brazenly asks for a bribe ‘to make your bill vanish’ if the money is sent to him via M-Pesa? Could it be that Kenya Power insiders provide customer information to crooks to extort money on their behalf? Or do the crooks have a way of mining information from mobile phones?” His contact is [email protected]

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ONE UNIFORM: While the plan to have the same uniform for all primary and secondary school students could ensure simplicity and non-discrimination among the learners, Taabu Tele cannot help smelling a rat. “The timing and venue of the announcement by Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang smack of yet another national scandal in the making.” Though a few countries such as Ghana and Tanzania have same-uniform policy, it should have been arrived at after an inclusive and well-thought-out deliberations bv all the stakeholders. His contact is [email protected]

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AILING HOSPITALS: The Homa Bay District Hospital and Sindo Sub-County District Hospital are both in a sorry state, moans Bruno Mungusa. At the latter, he claims, patients get only painkillers and dewormers at the pharmacy. Missing are life-saving drugs such as anti-rabies and anti-venom jabs. He knows of a patient who nearly died from a snake bite while being transferred from Sindo to Homa Bay. The former also lacks equipment and its mortuary is broken down. Bruno is praying that the authorities will come to the rescue of the people. His contact is [email protected]

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SGR STAFF RIGHTS: Writing from his base in Kansas, United States, Prof Sam Chege is so upset that he is urging “every patriotic Kenyan to boycott SGR's Nairobi-Mombasa ‘Madaraka Express’ train service until an investigation into the treatment of local staff is carried out”. The Kenyan employees, the don says, are being unfairly treated by the Chinese operator and he would like to see steps taken to address any claims of racism and human rights violations. “Our dignity as a people is more important than any development project,” he declares. His contact is [email protected]

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LACKLUSTRE SHOW: W. Kimarech says he attended the recent ASK show in Nakuru town and was amazed at “how lacklustre the once premier event has become”. From a showcase of agricultural production, the show “has been reduced to an amusement park for children”. Completely lacking is “the rich agricultural theme of yesteryear and display of modern technology in livestock rearing and farming”. All he saw were a few “tired animals on display and cabbages and not value for money”. His contact is[email protected]

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