The cutting edge

Wednesday March 14 2018

JUBILEE-NASA 'MERGER': Since President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga met at Harambee House, Nairobi, and vowed to end acrimony and work together, an elated Vincent Owino says he has also found a formula for lasting peace, healing and reconciliation. “Since Jubilee and ODM are the first- and second-biggest political parties with elected leaders far and wide, they should merge or cooperate for the sake of national unity. The small parties should also come together to keep this big union in check.” His contact is [email protected]

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CANAAN MIRAGE: For his part, Eliab Otiato is disappointed that the “journey to Canaan”, which Nasa leader Raila Odinga had promised his followers would bring about national justice, ending their long suffering, has flopped. Viewing the setback biblically, he remarks: “Joshua (Odinga) has wriggled out and gone back to the Pharaoh’s palace and is at the dining table with the King. The people have been abandoned in the desert. The foot soldiers must be grinding their teeth! Now, the Israelites have to prepare for what awaits them.” His contact is [email protected]

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LECTURERS' STRIKE: The numerous strikes by lecturers in the public universities that go on for a long time, disrupting learning, are proof that the government does not care about the plight of students, says Daniel Muamba. He can’t understand why the Education ministry and the dons’ union (Uasu) cannot talk and seal a lasting pact. “This is, I think, the fourth strike in two years. Still, no signs of an agreement between the two parties, as the students continue to suffer. Let’s restore sanity and bring to an end this quagmire.” His contact is [email protected]

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INTEREST RATE CAP: Agreeing with J. Schawartzman on the need for the bank interest rates cap, Kinyua Thuku says it was meant to tame ‘greedy’ banks. “Our banks had benefited immensely at the expense of borrowers. With the cap, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans can now enjoy low-interest loans. The banks, being totally unprepared for this, reacted by fighting the law and denying new applicants loans,” he says, calling for “a sober debate” for the common mwananchi not to suffer expensive loans again. His contact is [email protected]

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WHISKY CRAZE: Why has whisky become so popular in Kenya? asks university don and certified dowry negotiator X. N. Iraki, citing the increasing number of adverts of new types of whisky. “Have Kenyans become bored with beers, which have a lower alcohol content compared to whiskies? Could it be that these alcohol drinkers no longer get intoxicated with beers? Is taking whisky a raise in status? Could it be a cost-cutting measure since only a few shots of whisky give you the ‘kick’? Can drunkards, please, respond?” His contact is [email protected]

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