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Nairobi News : November 4th 2013
news MAN KILLED IN MORNING BUS CRASH AT NGARA Ngara. A man died and more than 50 others injured after the bus they were travelling in hit a tree and overturned in Ngara yesterday morning. Police reports indicate that the driver of the Kisii Classic bus lost control as he tried to negotiate a bend on Kipande Road. The bus swerved and hit tree three private cars in the process. “As per the schedule, the bus was coming from Homabay, but it also had passengers whom it picked from Kisii town,” the police report indicated. The victims, some of whom were in critical condition were taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital and the Aga Khan Hospital for treatment. The body of the deceased is at the Chiromo Mortuary. The driver of the bus is at large and is being sought by police to help in investigations. Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru said the bus driver was speeding adding that he would be brought to book. The accident comes barely a week after a bus belonging to the Umoinner Sacco was hit by a train at the Mutindwa Level Crossing killing 12 passengers. The Umoinner buses are currently being inspected and those found to be faulty, detained. COUNCIL GOES THE SOCIAL MEDIA WAY Technology. City Hall has revamped its online presence with an active twitter account. The county’s administration has been slow in adapting to social media with its previous account @CCNairobi being relatively inactive. Although with a modest 1,065 followers, the new account, @countynairobi, has been responding to tweets for information, explanations and other relevant information since September 10 Sample tweet joseph @sweetkenya1230 Oct @county_nairobi STREET LIGHTS ARE NEVER TURNED ON AT 3RD PARKLANDS,AVENUE NAIROBI.WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT? Nairobi City County @county_nairobi30 Oct @sweetkenya12 Our respon- sibility. City Engineer Dept. We have noted the issue. and shall handle it. Reclusive. Residents have no time for chiefs except when seeking identity cards ARTHUR SITUMA, NairobiNews email@example.com A newly launched security plan that will ensure neighbours know each other is already facing difficulties in high-end estates. The ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative is walking a tight rope in Westlands because residents are delinked from local administrators. The only time the gap is narrowed is when one is in search of a national identity card. Mind your own business Core drivers of the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative are county commissioners, chiefs and their assistants. They are the ones charged with the responsibility of vetting residents. Several apartments we visited on Mvuli Road have some sort of organisational strategy with leadership structures, but the set-ups mainly revolve around service delivery and court security. For Marutti Courts which has four apartments, each with 25 units, monthly meetings are held where service delivery and security are discussed. The regular meetings deal with garbage collection, noise, security guards’ renumeration and other issues that may arise. “Only our landlord can look into someone’s job or means of livelihood. It would really be intrusive to demand such information from your neighbour,” said Evans Kiogora who has lived there for many years. He added that the area also has several furnished apartments popular with expatriates who come for short periods, making it hard to know who the occupants were. Taxi driver Ken Makabila operates near Mimosa Court. He said people who live in the area are not the social type. He added that small talk is normally limited to one’s profession and courtesy. “I have driven residents here for more than seven years. It is easier to interact with children than adults. Grown-ups show no interest in other people and conversation is very limited. Try to initiate a talk with your client and he will either ignore you or tell you to mind your business,” Mr Makabila said. For residents in the apartments opposite Westgate Mall on Peponi Road, the September 21 terror attack shook things slightly. Dr Sarah Ruto has lived there for five years. “The attack, somehow, legitimised Makabila: It is easier to interact with children than adults. Try to initiate a talk with your client and he will either ignore you or tell you to mind your business” nosing into other people’s affairs, something that was not common from the time I moved here,” she said. She said she has several senior and junior police officers’ phone numbers but not the area Chief’s or his assistant. “I only know where the chief’s office is located,” she said. Speaker Magelo has said the miniskirts are inappropriate. | File, NairobiNews BILLY MUIRURI, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org Two former top officers at the defunct City Council of Nairobi are among the few Chief Officers approved by the Assembly last week. Roads project Former Roads Engineer Christine Agut who got the nod to become the chief officer in charge of Roads and public Works, returns to City Hall where her tenure saw several urban roads projects started in Eastlands, especially Eastleigh. Mrs Agut got the approval of the Roads Committee chaired by South C County Represenative Dian Kapin who described her as the most qualified applicant for the job. “Her tenure at City Hall several years ago showed she had a positive record as far as infrastructure development is concerned,” said Ms Kapin, when submitting her name to the Assembly for approval. Ms Kapin’s recommendation was supported by several female County Representatives. Said Kayole South’s Elizabeth Manyala, “We are happy a woman of distinguished engineering background will drive the road works Monday, November 4, 2013 NAIROBINEWS.CO.KE City Hall re-hires former bosses projects in the new devolved unit.” Mrs Agut is credited with guiding the policies on urban roads at the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) where she was the chief engineer. A former Deputy Clerk Leboo Morintat was approved to head the Public Service docket which will be key in staff matters. Mr Morintat deputised Mr Tom Odongo when he served as Town Clerk till this year. The Labour and Social Welfare committee report that endorsed Mr Morintat was passed without any objection. 3 Magelo bans miniskirts in assembly chamber Dress code.Women County Reps will not be allowed to enter the County Assembly in miniskirts. Speaker Alex Ole Magelo wants women to dress in knee-length skirt suits or trousers that do not expose any part of the bodies. Magelo has also demanded that no member should enter the Assembly carrying a newspaper. Still, no member should browse from their Ipads while debate is going on. The order on dress code comes in the wake of complaints by male members that women members were dressing provocatively leading to a fashion contest. “ From where I sit, I can see the mode of dressing is inappropriate. There is no respect for the Assembly floor and women members must not give men an excuse to view them just as women,” said Mr Magelo. Male members are required to have a blazer and a tie before entering the debating chamber. Magelo said nominated female members were most affected saying the competition among them for attention had created bad blood among them. “There is a lot of policing among An Administration Police officer admires a puppy on sale in Westlands: Residents say a proposed neighbourhood security plan by the government in the wake of the Westgate Mall massacre will intrude into their privacy. | Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews No Nyumba Kumi, we are Westlanders female members. The witch hunting is too much,” he said. The order came hot on heels of a physical altercation between two nominated County representatives where matters related to their private relationships were cited as a cause of their conflict. The fight between Cord’s Petronilla Nafula and Immaculate Musya is now under police investigations. Mr Magelo also banned the reading of newspapers during sessions. Several members normally saunter in with newspapers as debate goes on. “We must take assembly sessions seriously. If you are in, you cannot read a newspaper,” ordered an agitated Magelo.
November 11th 2013