The cutting edge

Tuesday March 13 2018

SHOCK TRUCE. The political truce between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga has caught many Kenyans by surprise, especially the announcement at Harambee House, Nairobi, “in the absence of the hardliners from both sides of the political divide”, remarks Taabu Tele. “With the ice now broken, the hard work to truly unite Kenyans has begun and no half-measures will do — lest the duo incur the wrath of fellow Kenyans. Future generations will never forgive them if they choose the path of betrayal.” His contact is [email protected]

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JARAMOGI’S SON. He’s a chip off the old block, says Chris Kiriba of Nasa leader Raila Odinga over his pact with President Kenyatta. Dismissing “political hangers-on”, he states, the son of founding Vice-President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga is “notoriously independent and, without consulting any pretender to the throne, has done what is good for Kenya”. Raila “is a visionary who has been in the trenches for long — unlike those that have been hanging on his coat tails and fully enjoying the trappings of power and privilege”. His contact is [email protected].

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OPAQUE GAME. This “game called politics”, Ruth Gituma remarks, can be quite unpredictable. Fully agreeing with the adage that a day in politics can be quite long, Ruth says that the recent meeting between President Kenyatta and Nasa leader Odinga at Harambee House, Nairobi, that took almost “everyone by surprise”, is proof of that. She concludes: “The Kenyans who get so entrenched in hateful politics should learn from the two top national leaders that in politics we don’t have permanent enemies, only vested interests.” Her contact is [email protected].

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DELAYED DUES. As the politicians elected last August 8 flourish, Wisley Makori is disappointed that he has yet to be paid for diligently serving the IEBC. He worked as a clerk at Nyamondo Polling Station in Kitutu Chache and has made several trips to the local IEBC offices in vain. “I am now tired of waiting after being told, ‘We are working on it’ every time I go to the office” for payment for working in last year’s elections. In case the bosses at the IEBC headquarters in Nairobi are interested, Wisley can be reached on Tel 0704123150 or [email protected].

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LOGBOOK HASSLE. John Ichura is frustrated about delay in issuing the logbook of his motor vehicle, registration KBT 958S, after he successfully completed the transaction on January 18, through the Tims portal and got confirmation from the National Transport and Safety Authority. Receipt No. 000773161 for Sh2,615, he says, is the proof, together with the fact that his name and ID card number are captured in the ownership details on the NTSA website. To date, he has not been informed to collect his logbook. His contact is [email protected].

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INTEREST CAPS. The removal of the interest rate caps will only benefit a few and fleece the public, says J. Schwartzman, the chairman and CEO of H. Young & Company. Kenyan banks, he adds, cannot offer services at reasonable costs and should, therefore, not be shielded from international competition. “Foreign banks coming to Kenya with their own capital will be able to lend at interest rates below 10 per cent. Banking and all other sectors should face competition for their own benefit and that of Kenyans and the economy.” His contact is [email protected].

 

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