THE CUTTING EDGE

With the 16 per cent fuel VAT and similar taxation on pesticides, “the government has gone rogue and is targeting its own citizens.

IN SUMMARY

  • Traffic police manning the Ongata Rongai section of Magadi Road are obsessed with catching motorists allegedly speaking on their mobile phones while driving.

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‘ROGUE’ STATE: With the 16 per cent fuel VAT and similar taxation on pesticides, Ken Ogare says, “the government has gone rogue and is targeting its own citizens. It is subjecting the people to depression and frustration, considering the recent tripling of electricity bills, which they are paying through the nose.” Also alarming is the plan to increase NHIF deductions. “Someone needs to remind the government of its core mandate, which is to protect the people instead of its careless spending and resorting to taxes left, right and centre.” His contact is k_ogare@yahoo.com.

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MATATU' ROBBERY': Still on the fuel VAT, Preeyesh Shah is calling out matatu owners, whom he finds to be rather hypocritical, even as the impact of the new tax begins to bite. Says he: “I find it very surprising that matatu owners are complaining about fuel price increase. In real terms, if a matatu carries 16 passengers, on average, on a route, the increase per passenger, of one per cent (16 per cent divided by 16 people) amounts to just over Sh1 per litre of fuel. But they are increasing fares by Sh20. Now that’s robbery!” His contact is preeyeshshah@gmail.com.

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PRIDE OF AFRICA: Two days after Sylvia Kimani complained that she flew Kenya Airways’ KQ 113 flight from Paris to Nairobi on July 18 only to find on arrival that her luggage was missing, she got a pleasant surprise when the national carrier’s chairman, Michael Joseph, personally emailed her and instructed staffer Linda Omwenga to handle the issue. Another employee, John Njogu of the town office, Sylvia adds, had one of the bags that was torn repaired. “Thank you, KQ, for finding and delivering my luggage to my doorstep intact.” Her contact is kimani.sly@gmail.com.

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POLICE EXTORTION: Traffic police manning the Ongata Rongai section of Magadi Road on Nairobi’s southern outskirts, Henry Ruhiu reports, are obsessed with catching motorists allegedly speaking on their mobile phones while driving. It’s an offence alright but he finds their motive rather suspect. If it were not about extortion, Henry adds, then the officers would be equally interested in cracking down on, especially the matatu drivers, who recklessly “overtake and overlap other cars”, causing serious traffic jams on the narrow road. His contact is henryruhiu@yahoo.com.

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MARUGE MEMORY: One of the heroes from his Eldoret hometown, gospel musician David Chegerichman says, is the late Kimani Maruge, who gained global fame and entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest primary school pupil when he enrolled in Standard One in 2004 at 84. He poses: “Why can’t Uasin Gishu County government name one of the roads in Eldoret after him? He not only made the country proud by being recognised internationally but was also was a role model to many and his legacy lives on.” His contact is davidchegerichman@gmail.com.

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LEGAL THEFT: Retired senior military officer Imaana Laibuta is accusing the lawyer-politicians of blatantly “stealing from the public” as they only pass by the National Assembly and the Senate for roll call “and proceed to the courts to represent their clients as full-time advocates”. That way, “they earn their salaries and sitting allowances as lawmakers and legal fees from their clients”. He concludes: “Honestly, if this is not conflict of interest of the highest order, I do not know what is.” His contact is laibuta@laisecea.com.

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