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The cutting edge

Wednesday February 14 2018

MILLIONAIRES' CLUB: The vetting by Parliament of the Cabinet Secretary nominees, Misheck Wambu notes, just proved to him that these positions are not meant for the poor ordinary Kenyans, but “reserved for members of the millionaires’ club”. In a country where the majority can hardly afford a single square meal a day, the revelation of the millions the elite command, he adds, has confirmed the huge gulf between the rich and the poor. He wishes the filthy rich public officials could just forfeit their pay for the needy. His contact is [email protected]

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IT'S FUTILE MOVE: Increasing funding to fight insecurity is an exercise in futility, says Pita Njoroge. The real solution, he adds, is to boost economic growth, as the lack of it is what fuels insecurity, as only a few people benefit from the country’s gross domestic product. The government, he advises, should channel its energies into stimulating various sectors, and especially those engaging youth. “Insecurity will decline as has happened in the Scandinavian countries, with some prisons being shut for lack of convicts.” His contact is [email protected]

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WINTER OLYMPICS: Even though only one Kenyan is participating in winter Olympics in South Korea, university don X.N. Iraki says the various sports are worth watching. “They are a portrait of human endurance and how far we can push our bodies.” He has also been surprised to learn about number of new sports that he had never heard of. “We can learn from the winter Olympics how to scale up our ambitions, but more importantly, keep our youth busy and away from evil ways of drug abuse to unwanted pregnancies.” His contact is [email protected]

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KENHA ORDER: The Kenya National Highways Authority is aware of the illegal development encroaching on the Kisumu-Busia highway, which Charles Okore complained about, says Charles Njogu, the assistant director (communications). And, he adds, KeNHA has already issued an order and marked for demolition the storeyed building that is being constructed less than a metre from a river in Maseno Division. The agency, he assures, is committed to building safe, quality and adequate national trunk roads. His contact is [email protected]

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CULTURES: An example of the paradox of cultures, Thomas Yebei declares, is the fact that the West “seriously abhors polygamy, which is a common and popular practice among many Africans”. The same Western society, he adds, “glorifies funny lifestyles such as same-sex marriages under the pretext that people are free to choose how they live and their preferences should be respected”. He poses: “Why can’t the Europeans and Americans, using the same argument, also respect the choices of African people and accept polygamy as part of individual choices that ought to be respected?” His contact is [email protected]

Have a questioning day, won’t you!