EQUATOR CROSSING: Many years ago, Japheth Amugada vividly recalls, there was a billboard with the map of Africa, showing the Equator line passing through a spot near Gambogi Market in Vihiga County. But when the Kisumu-Kakamega highway was expanded, it disappeared. Now, Japheth wishes it could be restored to attract tourists, who will only be too happy to stop and take photos standing on the Equator. This, he adds, will, in turn, attract an investor to put up a roadside restaurant, and other businesses to generate revenue for the county. And there is no better person to fix this than Governor Wilber Ottichilo, a former director-general of Regional Centre for Services in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing. His contact [email protected]
CHEQUE DELAY FURY: What an angry customer that KCB had better quickly appease! It's Emmanuel Waya, who is accusing the bank of providing some ''pathetic customer service''. It all started on Friday morning, when Emmanuel rushed to deposit a ''KCB to KCB cheque'' into his account, hoping it would be cleared, but it had not by Saturday afternoon. But what upset him even more is that there was now apology from the bank, despite having been assured by a customer car representative that the cheque would be cleared before the close of business on Friday. His parting shot: ''What KCB should know is that even giants fall!'' His contact is Tel 0720888800 [email protected]
NATIONAL TRAGEDY: The tragedy of a nation occurs when some adults conspire to steal exams for some candidates and others go on the rampage, burning down their schools because they won't be allowed a leakage, remarks Nicholas Wambugu. He is, therefore, appalled to hear that even when exams have to be secured by armed security personnel, the crooks are still able to access the papers before they are due. ''Where else in the world does this happen? No wonder we end up producing people with corrupted and adulterated minds.'' He is, however, full of praise for the Ministry of Education for instituting measures to stop exam theft, but angry over the devious behaviour of fellow Kenyans, including politicians? His contact [email protected]
SUPERMARKETS: Even as some mega supermarket chains struggle to stay afloat, with former regional retail giant Nakumatt, having almost thrown in the towel, James Onyango says the only thing that is sorely missing in the fast-growing Siaya Town in western Kenyan, is such a facility. Says he: ''I wonder why Siaya does not attract big supermarkets such as Tuskys and Naivas.'' James is convinced that the town won’t uplift its status as the lack of big supermarkets ''makes it look like a kindergarten playing ground''. However, he is quite impressed that the ''town boasts good highways, banks, a groceries market and a peaceful and serene environment''. His contact is [email protected]
FORECASTS: The Swahili have this saying about too much praise for the brewer leading to the diluting of quality, which could now, as W. Kimariech believes, aptly explain the performance of the Meteorological Department. Says he: ''The department, which, for the most part of the year, has done a great job with precision forecasts, has warned of enhanced to very heavy (read floods) rainfall from October to December, but instead, we have very dry conditions. I’m not a prophet of doom, but we could be staring at severe drought next year. Did the director retire, go on early Christmas leave or has the equipment malfunctioned? Whenever this happens, farmers are the biggest losers.'' His contact is [email protected]
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