The cutting edge

Wednesday February 7 2018

Night vision: As the country grapples with the increasing fatal road crashes, with all manner of explanations by experts, Mwangi Karuga strongly believes that one possible contributing factor is being ignored. This is poor night vision by some drivers. Though he doesn’t disclose the source of his statistics, Mwangi claims that nearly “70 per cent of all the motorists on our roads do not see properly at night”. This, he adds, explains some of the gruesome crashes that have occurred at night on the highways and is now calling for the introduction of a “visionblow” gadget. His contact is [email protected]

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NTSA frustration: When he transacted the transfer of a motor vehicle logbook on the NTSA portal, Nigel Otieno expected it to move like clockwork, but he has been terribly disappointed. He logged in on September 29, paying the transfer fees (ref TIM-MVR-523825), and was a few weeks later advised that his logbook would be ready for collection soon. To his utter frustration, the online service is no longer accessible, and there has been no response to his email to [email protected] All Nigel wants now is his logbook. His contact is [email protected]

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Number plates: Why do we have two identical number plates on our cars? asks a curious university don and certified dowry negotiator X.N. Iraki. “Is that why we have a shortage? Lots of other countries, including Canada, have cars with one set of number plates, mostly at the back. Why should there be a shortage of number plates for cars that are made using much more complicated technology? And why are car number plates made in prison? Why not outsource to get more beautiful numbers with new fonts and better written?” His contact is [email protected]

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‘Single parents’: English, Chris Kiriba notes, may be a very dynamic language, but some people are overdoing it with wrong phrases. He takes issue, especially with the frequent reference to “single father” and “single mother”, both of which, he says do not exist. The obvious and correct reference, he adds, is the phrase “single parent”. While not opposed to the adoption of new words into any language, Chris cautions, this should not happen at lightning speed that could have left his old English teacher disgusted. His contact is [email protected]

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It’s excellent: We have an excellent Judiciary that seems to work, says Alnashir Walji, adding: “The election petitions filed in the Supreme Court after last year’s elections were quickly acted on, showing that we have a sound judicial system.” But with things working so well, Alnashir wonders why the country ended up at the ICC in The Hague, with some leaders facing crimes against humanity charges. The Judiciary, he states, must be free of corruption and the backlog of cases should be cleared to ensure that justice is done. His contact is [email protected]

Have a just day, won’t you!