The cutting edge

Sunday February 4 2018

Heavy-handed: The Jubilee government’s heavy-handed attempt “to turn back the clock on hard-fought liberties must be resisted by all who cherish the sanctity of media freedom”, says Robert Mukirae. The country, he adds, reached “stratospheric heights when it emerged from the shadows of the tyrannical Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi eras”. After watching NTV’s Larry Madowo’s “polished performance on CNN and BBC” on the shutdown of TV stations, Robert says he could not have been more proud of him and others being hounded for doing their job. His contact is [email protected]

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Foreign author: After reading the synopsis of a new book titled, Developing Africa’s Financial Services: The Importance of High Impact Entrepreneurial Services, on Equity Bank’s success, Taabu Tele says that his only misgiving is that it was written by a foreigner, Dana Redford, and “not one of our own local scholars”. Local dons, he adds, “have missed a golden opportunity to do some trail-blazing research on international standards, while selling an indigenous banking success epitomised by Equity’s successful business model from mortgages to microfinance”. His contact is [email protected]

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Billboard mess: Workers who erected a billboard across Waiyaki Way, near the Church Road junction in Nairobi, and left litter in their wake, should be ashamed of themselves, says Benard Ngetich. The group, he adds, abandoned pieces of metal and uprooted lampposts instead of properly disposing of the debris. Leaving unused materials at the site, Benard warns, is an open invitation to thieves to cart it away for sale to scrap metal dealers. He can’t understand why after accomplishing their mission, they would wish to leave behind such a disgusting site. His contact is [email protected]

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Power agony: Calling Kenya Power is Charles M, a resident of Joska at Ruai on Nairobi’s eastern outskirts, who has suffered a blackout for the past one week. Also without power, he adds, is Sunshine Shopping Centre, where most of the people in the neighbourhood shop. Terribly inconvenienced are the residents who need to pick up a few commodities as they return from work in the evening. He adds: “We are in total darkness but Kenya Power does not seem bothered, as nobody has been sent to check it out.” His contact is [email protected]

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It’s a raw deal: Nursery school teachers have always been given a raw deal in employment, with no proper terms of service, says F. Mukembu. Though the Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) is crucial, he adds, the government has not paid enough attention to the needs of this basic learning programme. “These teachers play a crucial role at this very critical stage in every child’s development. We need to motivate them and the outcome will be beneficial to the young learners,” concludes Mukembu, whose contact is [email protected]

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Roadside query: With the tarmacking of Nairobi’s Road C that runs parallel to Mombasa Road nearing completion, Dave Tumbula says he has noted increased activity, with groups of women and men milling around uniformed administration officials. Some have already marked their territory on the road reserve, with makeshift iron-sheet structures coming up. He would like the Inspectorate or Licensing Department of the city county leadership to shed some light on this. “Could they already have been cleared to set up kiosks along this new tarmac road?” Dave asks.

Have a clear day, won’t you!