PUBLIC SERVICES: Julius Musya, who commutes on Mombasa Road, Nairobi, daily, says he “can’t help but commend the government for the work it is doing, especially in expanding the national road network”. Today, “someone living in Thika can easily be travelling to and from work in Machakos and only board one matatu” in either direction. However, Julius wishes the same zeal and effort to improve the nation could be harnessed to address the basic needs of some citizens. “It’s, maybe, time the authorities went back to getting the basics right.” He would like to see an emphasis on food security, universal healthcare and conducive education environment. His contact is [email protected].
FARE CONTROL: The saying, 'desperate situations call for desperate measures', appears to play on the mind of Ken Butiko as he reflects on the economic challenges Kenya faces and what needs to be done to remedy the situation. The country abandoned the price controls regime in the 1990s with the emergence of greater economic liberalisation, Ken says, but there is a need to restore it selectively. He is thus fascinated by a motion by Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa to regulate matatu fares, saying it will “curb the exploitation of the common man”. His contact is [email protected]
ROAD MAINTENANCE: Nairobi resident Diana D’Souza’s passionate appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta is that he should stop the construction of new roads so that money can be spent on maintaining the existing ones, and which are now falling apart for lack of maintenance. The badly dilapidated roads in the city that are crying out for attention, Diana says, include those in and around the Westlands and Parklands suburbs. She singles out Amboseli, Apple Cross and Mageta roads, but is pleased that some of them are already being attended to, thanks to media coverage. “The roads in a deplorable state are damaging small cars,” she moans. Her contact is [email protected]
RELIGIOUS DEMON: Freedom of worship is a fundamental right, says Njoroge Kibe, writing from Loitokitok on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro on the Kenya-Tanzania border. But he has a word of caution: “No right is absolute. Kenya is the only country I know where even some churches have no respect for other people’s rights, including the right not to worship.” His grouse is with “some religious zealots and men of the cloth who live lavishly at the expense of their congregations. The government should urgently stop the ‘demon of religious’ excesses.” His contact is [email protected]
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