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THE CUTTING EDGE

Sunday April 21 2019

WELL DONE CATHOLICS: Welcoming the Catholic Church’s really pace-setting decision to ban politicking during service, Ruth Gituma hopes that this will not apply only during the Easter period, but will become the standard practice. The leaders of the other churches, she pleads, should also borrow a leaf from the Catholics and “discourage the politicking from the pulpit”. According to her, “the worst thing one can do is to give a politician a microphone anywhere”. She also wants to know from the clerics how come the politicians are always given the front pews in the churches. “We go to church for spiritual nourishment and not for politics,” Ruth quips. Her contact is [email protected]

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NOISY PREACHERS: Nairobi resident Mwangi Karuga takes issue with what he describes as “train preaching”, with an increase in the number of self-styled preachers robustly taking spiritual nourishment to the people as they commute to work early in the morning or return home in the evening. Says he: “The train is not a church. Commuter train coaches have been infiltrated by these uninvited preachers, who make so much noise for the passengers.” People going to work should be allowed their peace and quiet, and those returning home after a whole day’s slogging are too tired to be subjected to the noisy preaching. “Let the preachers confine themselves to churches,” pleads Mwangi, whose contact is [email protected]

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HUDUMA NAMBA: To get more Kenyans come forward and get registered for the Huduma Namba, the process should be streamlined to ensure that it’s more efficient and less time-wasting, says Tamara Mbua. Currently, she adds, it takes an average of one-to-two hours to get listed at any of the registration centres countrywide. “What is consuming a lot of time is having the clerks filling in the forms for each person. Why not let the people themselves complete the forms online or at any of the centres? This will significantly speed up the process and reduce the waiting time,” urges Tamara, whose contact is [email protected]

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EMBRACE SWAHILI: Echoing the observation that Kiswahili, the national and official language, alongside English, should be used in all official communication, Leah Mwasiga is upset that some foreigners are blatantly flouting this, their contribution to the country’s development notwithstanding. Says she: “It’s annoying that on Kindaruma Road, just off Menelik Road in Nairobi, there is a building with a large sign in bold letters, entirely in Chinese, which the majority of the people do not understand. But it actually does communicate something: Segregation. Shouldn’t a government agency be enforcing the use of either Kiswahili or English in public communication?” Her contact is [email protected]

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NO TO FORCED REGISTRATION: Responding to the supposed threat to deregister the phone numbers of the people who fail to get enlisted for the Huduma Namba, Justin Nkaranga says that it would not only be naïve of the officials concerned, but also contempt of court. Following a court ruling that no Kenyan should be forced to register for a Huduma Namba, Justin is warning that nobody has a right to interfere with other people’s Sim cards. The people, he asserts, should be allowed to freely decide and when they wish to get registered unless the court rules that it’s mandatory. His contact is [email protected]

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CHOLERA SHAME: A cholera outbreak anywhere in the country, but especially in Nairobi, is a huge national shame, says Ken Butiko. This largely preventable disease, he adds, has broken out in the counties that are faced with acute shortages of clean water, forcing the people to rely on contaminated sources of this life-sustaining commodity. Ken is warning that the current drought could worsen the situation in many places and “yet the people we have elected and tasked with supplying us with clean water are just stealing the money that should be used to construct dams”. These so-called leaders, he declares, “are worse than murderers”. His contact is [email protected]

Have a healthy day, won’t you!