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THE CUTTING EDGE

Friday February 8 2019

THE TROUBLE WITH NTSA: A radical shake-up is needed in the National Transport and Safety Authority, just as Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has promised, and this is long overdue, says David Motari. He would, on a rather personal note, like to know, among other issues, how a logbook for a motorcycle purchased in January last year has not been issued. “All these services were moved to the online portal, but it seems some wayward staff deliberately ensure they don’t function. It’s frustrating to operate a vehicle on the road and yet you really don’t have full ownership of the machine. Save us this nightmare, Dr Matiang’i. We have full confidence in you.” His contact is [email protected]
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THE UNIFORMED SERVICE: As part of the strategies to tame runaway corruption and improve efficiency in the civil service, Thomas Yebei proposes, the Cabinet secretary for Interior and Government Coordination, Dr Matiang’i, should introduce uniforms for all civil servants to catch the corrupt ones and the brokers. “Each ministry should come up with colours that relate to their mandate — for example, Agriculture could have a shade of green, Water blue, et cetera. The uniforms should bear the name and position of the officer for easy identification.” His contact is [email protected].
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MATCH-FIXING BUG: The stunning match-fixing claims in Kenyan football represent a threat to the integrity, reputation and welfare of sportsmen and women, says Edwin Kariuki Waweru. He is rather worried that this illegal act “is typically directly linked to international criminal networks exploiting unregulated gambling markets”. However, the most likely reasons for Kenyans getting lured and engaging in the vice, he explains, arises from financial difficulties that many of the players suffer. “Enhancing the players’ well-being, ensuring good working conditions and respect among players and officials, should aid in enhancing integrity in sports,” he concludes. His contact is [email protected]
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DECOLONISING THE TONGUE: That renowned writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o is back, promoting Kenyan languages, is “quite refreshing”, says Nakuru resident Henry Lisege. But the scholar loses him as he goes about his language revitalisation quest because he sees English as the only problem. “I am Suba but I do not know or speak the language. I speak Dholuo, English and Kiswahili. According to the professor, I am supposed to suffer some sort of enslavement because the Luo assimilated the Suba, but just which language has enslaved me?” His contact is [email protected]

Have an emancipated day, won’t you!