THE CUTTING EDGE

Thursday May 23 2019

'KENYA POWERLESS' PROMISE: In early March, Fredrick Ouma applied for electricity connection to his home at Tok-teko at Awach in Nyando Sub-County, Kisumu County. After paying the requisite charges, he was assured that it would be done within a week. To date, Fredrick remains literally in the dark and his calls to the power utility’s Kisumu Town office, he claims, are never picked up by the staff these days. “How I wish there was an alternative power distributor! I’m just tired of waiting endlessly for the connection to be done.” The reference is E24132019020019 and Fredrick can be reached through email: [email protected]
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MAKING A STINK: While Pauline McKenzie is still incensed that a public toilet is being built a metre to her perimeter wall, in contravention of the rule on the stipulated distance, she and her neighbours have also not been supplied with water since Kwale Water and Sanitation Company started constructing a pipeline in her neighbourhood. “If you check the high water mark, you will find that it does not adhere to the laws. Why should I, a rate- and taxpayer, have to suffer?” Pauline is calling for an investigation into the matter. For the details, her contact is [email protected]
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NO WATER: The rains may be here, but it’s no respite for Kiambu Town residents, who have not seen a drop of water come out of their taps for two weeks. And Mike Murithi is disappointed that Governor Ferdinand Waititu is more preoccupied with the 2022 succession politics in support of Deputy President William Ruto. Convinced that all that is required is simple repairs to restore supply, Mike is really upset that the county authorities have not paid attention to a problem that’s affecting most residents, who are being denied a crucial service. He wishes the national government could go to the residents’ rescue and avert an impending epidemic. His contact is [email protected]
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HOUSING LEVY: The suggestion that the houses to be built using the 1.5 per cent housing levy be distributed using a lottery is ingenious, says university don X.N. Iraki. This “is the fairest way to ensure everybody has an equal chance of getting a new house”. The government, he pleads, should now apply the same method to give out jobs and contracts, as long as the bidders meet the basic requirements. “Many Kenyans would have no problem with the use of a lottery because they love gambling.” His contact is [email protected]

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