THE CUTTING EDGE: December 5, 2018 - Daily Nation

THE CUTTING EDGE

Wednesday December 5 2018

TRANSPORT: President Uhuru Kenyatta should urgently consider adding one more pillar, transport, to his ‘Big Four’ agenda, says Thomas Yebei. He says that is the way to solve the traffic congestion in Nairobi, which he blames on a chaotic, disorganised and lawless transport system, and is beyond the city county’s capacity. “The mess has grown for several generations due to poor policies that have allowed greedy cartels to take over. An efficient and predictable transport is a great catalyst for the success of the other Big Four agenda.” His contact is [email protected]

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CITY COMMUTE: The solution to Nairobi’s public transport crisis is an attractive and accessible commuter service, says Andrew Limo. “We got it right way back in the 1960s and ’70s, when we only had buses that went in regular circuits. Kenya Bus Service No. 34, for example, plied the JKIA-city centre-Kenyatta National Hospital-Lang’ata-airport route. There was no a need for holding grounds since they would be on move, picking and dropping passengers. People won’t struggle with personal cars if public transport was convenient.” His [email protected]

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TRAFFIC MESS: For the traffic mess in Nairobi on Monday, Robert Mukirae blames a leadership devoid of moral and ethical strength that “seems set to set the country on an irreversible course to the failed state status”. Bearing the brunt of the “numerous policies enacted and withdrawn willy-nilly without so much of a shred of care for the repercussions” are “Wanjiku, Akinyi and Chelagat”. He warns that the “silent, docile horde is stirring, with outrage mounting and 2022 could turn out to be the political tsunami of all tsunamis!” His contact is [email protected]

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'PERSONAL BAN': Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his advisers should, instead of barring matatus from entering the city centre, experiment with a ban on “personal” and low-occupancy vehicles during peak hours or charging them high fees to ease traffic congestion, Wanjeri Wangui proposes. “Banning matatus is creating a monster that will sooner or later explode and will be harder to control. I truly hope he drops this decision and does more research or case studies on what other major cities have done to control traffic congestion.” Her contact is [email protected]

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'STINKINGTON': Nairobi resident Saleem Malik, alarmed at the stench, especially in the afternoons, from Kirichwa Kubwa River in the otherwise leafy suburb of Lavington, is pointing the finger at unscrupulous local exhauster service providers. “The place stinks like an open-air public latrine. And it begins after the tankers discharge the muck into the river.” Appeals to Nema and the city county authorities have not yielded anything, he says, wondering why the law on the discharge of effluent from septic tanks is not enforced. His contact is [email protected]

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LICENSE SNAGE: For about two weeks, Greg Snell says, he has tried several times and failed to renew his driving licence online. Greg wonders if there is something wrong with the National Transport and Safety Authority’s portal. He was keen to renew his licence for a three-year period and, after it consistently failed, he tried to get the one-year option but still did not make any headway. He is a little disturbed because it has worked perfectly in the past. He poses: “Is this problem affecting just me or other applicants in the whole country?” His contact [email protected]

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