THE CUTTING EDGE

For nearly two years, residents of Nairobi’s Komarock Estate’s Phase Two, Zone 3, have not seen a drop of water come out of their taps.

IN SUMMARY

  • Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, unlike his father, retired President Daniel arap Moi, lacks instant warmth and friendliness.

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NO ALCOHOL DAYS: As Parliament considers moving the General Election from August to December every five years, Andayi Mushenye wishes the MPs could also push for a ban on the sale of alcohol the night before and also on polling day. The Washington, DC-based Kenyan says “this will ensure that nobody goes into the voting booth while under the influence” of alcohol. “With 1,825 days in five years, we can sacrifice two days without alcohol so that we don't make a voting mistake that we will regret for that long.” His contact is mushenye@gmail.com.

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SNOBBISH SENATOR? Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, William Habwe notes, unlike his father, retired President Daniel arap Moi, lacks instant warmth and friendliness. On Saturday at around 9am, he adds, the senator arrived at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, and walked through the VIP lounge to his flight but didn’t even greet fellow leaders and other people. His own father, he adds, would have happily greeted even the cleaners and other junior staff at the airport. “He should know that one day he will need those votes,” prophesies William, whose contact is habwe.w@gmail.com.

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JILTED WANJIKU: As retired President Daniel arap Moi quietly marked his birthday the other day, Nairobi resident Wanjiku Matenjwa says she just could not help sending a message to the man, who, during his nearly a quarter of a century at the helm of the country, gave the name ‘Wanjiku’ a different meaning, which is symbolic of the ordinary Kenyan. She adds: “This is a protest note. This is Moi's 94th birthday and it seems that he forgot to invite me, Wanjiku Matenjwa, to the celebration on behalf of all the Wanjikus.” Her contact is wanjikumatenjwa@gmail.com.

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DRY AS A KOMAROCK: For nearly two years, residents of Nairobi’s Komarock Estate’s Phase Two, Zone 3, have not seen a drop of water come out of their taps, moans Brian Onsongo, accusing the city water firm of totally neglecting them. They have reported several times to Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company’s Kayole office and are always told that the matter is being looked into and will be resolved soon, says Brian. He and his neighbours, therefore, cannot understand on what basis water bills are sent to them every month without fail. His contact is beonsongo@gmail.com.

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'PARKING MEN’: The City Market area in Nairobi’s city centre, Githuku Mungai reports, is a favourite of some “street men”, who earn a few coins for directing drivers on where to park and allegedly watch over their vehicles. “If passing by, you are likely to hear arguments over ‘whose car’ and who should get the Sh20.” While that is quite tough for the fellows, Githuku just wonders what they do at night. But he was alarmed when one of them recently passed by him and there was an unmistakable strong smell of bhang. His contact is githukumungai@gmail.com.

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DANGEROUS ROAD: The Mombasa County government, Carey Yiembe notes, has done a great job of expanding the Nyali Road between Kengeleni and BP Petrol Station into three lanes to ease traffic. But having completed the road marking last week, he adds, a new problem has arisen: “Motorists headed in opposite directions are fighting for the middle lane while driving at unbelievable speeds! Can proper instructions regarding this be put in place before a major accident occurs?” His contact is yiembe@gmail.com.

Have a careful day, won’t you!

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