The cutting edge

Saturday February 10 2018

Hapless police: The clearest sign of police lacking independence, Epimach Matitim notes, is their poor response to security threats. “They always wait for public outcry and come out in press conferences. Attacks on pedestrians in Nairobi’s city centre and other towns are not anything new!” Epimach says he was in the city recently and saw muggers rob a young man of his phone and wallet at midday on a road in Westlands. “The situation is not any better in other towns. The police should get their act together and provide security and not just wait for an alarm to be raised.” His contact is [email protected]

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Emblem of neglect: Meant to honour the late nationalist and brilliant Cabinet Minister Tom Joseph Mboya, his statue on Moi Avenue in Nairobi has become an eyesore and a potential health hazard, says Jacob Kyallo. “It is such an emblem of neglect that it’s not worth representing such a distinguished leader.” However, he adds, the likeness of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi 100 metres away is taken good care of, and even has a flag! Why the discrimination? Or are current political prejudices determining how we honour our heroes? Uproot the monument if you cannot look after it.” His contact is [email protected]

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Elitist highway: The construction of several bypasses to help ease the flow of transport around Nairobi City is commendable, says Harrison Kinyanjui. However, every time he uses the Southern Bypass from Mombasa Road at Ole Sereni Hotel to Kikuyu, he can’t help noticing the desperation of pedestrians frantically waving down speeding vehicles for a lift. “It was not a good idea to deny, by design, public transport to the otherwise many needy wananchi. If one can get public transport on the Eastern bypass, the Southern bypass should not be an exception.” His contact is [email protected]

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Quarrelsome MCAs: The rogue MCAs wreaking havoc with fights in public and other vices have just confirmed that this problem is not going away soon, remarks Wilberforce Kimariech. The goons, he urges, must be reined in before they derail development programmes. “The trouble is that Kenyans have elected people with questionable academic credentials and who are absolutely ignorant about the legislative role they are expected to play in the county assemblies.” President Uhuru Kenyatta, he pleads, “should not just watch these marauding thugs from the sidelines. His contact is [email protected]

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Nema in slumber: Where is Nema? asks Sheila Muthoka, disgusted that her distress call five weeks ago about a glaring problem in Nairobi’s eastern outskirts at Syokimau has gone unheeded. “I called Nema about raw sewage flowing onto the road at Syokimau, and to date, the sewage is still pouring out. Is Nema unable to handle this? It is the rough road behind Meds Centre to Gateway Mall. There are also two open manholes overflowing with sewage, which people could easily slip into whenever rain falls. How long will it take to fix this mess?” asks Sheila, who can be reached through [email protected]

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Soccer slur: With football struggling with the scourge of racism, on and off the pitch, Christopher Muthoka says every effort must be made to ensure that all continue to enjoy the popular sport. He’s particularly upset to have seen a picture of models “wearing what is known as ‘black face’, which has historically racial roots and a context that is demeaning to people of African heritage”. The media and the sponsors, Coca-Cola, should reject such negative images. “The beautiful game should be a uniting factor globally, especially during such times. I feel this is in bad taste.” His contact is: [email protected]

 Have a positive day, won’t you!