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Friday May 18 2018

PARTIAL POLLSTERS: The recent opinion polls that have seen Nairobi score dismally are not a true reflection of the reality on the ground, says Chris Kiriba. He takes great exception to the pollsters’ comparison of Nairobi with two other counties, Mombasa and Kisumu, on the basis of service delivery to their residents. The survey, he is convinced, “was biased against Nairobi”. The capital, he adds, “has a huge population that naturally supports the Opposition and, therefore, won’t see anything good that Governor Mike Sonko does”. His contact is [email protected]

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TRIBAL VARSITIES: The public universities have become the bastions of tribalism and nepotism, claims Maiko Sunzuki, taking issue with the appointment of vice-chancellors. The majority of the VCs, who are set to retire soon, he adds, are from the regions in which the institutions are located. “If the Ministry of Education can’t ensure that the senates of the universities do fair selections, why can’t it just do a reshuffle, so that the VCs swap places? It’s so disheartening that the heads of our universities are tribal chiefs!” His contact is [email protected]

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FORLORN FOOTBRIDGES: There are good reasons why Mombasa residents have been shunning a few of the footbridges and flyovers constructed at a high cost to the taxpayers, says Luciana Mwachoki. Although she lives next to one of the footbridges in Buxton, Luciana says, she would rather cross the busy road instead. If one uses the footbridge, she says, they find that there is hardly any space to walk on near the Malindi matatu terminus, forcing one to walk on the road, with motor vehicles approaching from behind. Her contact is [email protected]

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‘EX-FART’ OPINION: A simply interesting solution to Joanne Ndirangu’s irritation by her housemate, who likes farting in the kitchen, arrives from UK-based Kenyan S. K. Chege. Says he: “Do you (Watchie) sometimes fall off the chair laughing? Some of these are absolutely hilarious, but not to Joanne. To her, I wish to suggest that, before the other woman starts farting at 9.30pm, please, open the door a minute earlier and ask her to go out for five minutes. By the time she’s back, she will have done her offending thing outside.” His contact is [email protected]

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‘THIEF-MIS’: As debate rages on the revelation about the latest Sh10 billion scandal at the National Youth Service, Charles Kiilu says, the investigators need not look too far for an explanation. According to him, it is about the government’s Integrated Financial Management System (Ifmis), which the corrupt officials have been taking advantage of, thanks to its operational shortcomings. It’s time, he urges, that a forensic audit of the system was carried out to plug this new theft avenue. His contact is [email protected]

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