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Nairobi News : November 18th 2013
voices THE RANT IT’S TIME KIDERO DELIVERED ON HIS SECURITY PROMISE I have one question for the governor, Evans Kidero: Who exactly is in charge of the city – your officers or criminals? Gangsters have taken over the streets and are making everyone else’s life difficult. For a governor who promised to tackle insecurity as soon as possible if elected, you and your officers are doing the city a great disservice. The media is awash with stories of how groups of young men walk with ease terrorising residents with abandon and in broad daylight. These miscreants ap- parently loiter with the sole intent of robbing wananchi of their hard-earned cash and mobile phones. They even do it in the presence of law enforcement officers – that is how brazen they are. Anyone who doesn’t cooperate with these thieves is threatened with violence. One young man, according to these reports, was hit with a metal bar across his throat so hard that he lost his voice when he tried to call for help . His upper lip was also cut into two. This is despite the fact that police on patrol were just a couple of steps away, and failed to witness the daylight robbery. Other criminals walk about with dangerous chemicals tucked away in their palms ready to smear it into the palms of unsuspecting strangers who fall unconscious and are robbed of their valuables. Many a Nairobi- an has at least one sorry tale to tell about their encounters with marauding criminals of all kinds – from gun-toting gangsters to smooth-talking hustlers. It is time you lived up to Monday, November 18, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke LETTERS Sewerage officers miss the stench The officers at the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company must be training their noses on rosy smelling parts of the city for them to miss the awful smell of a blocked sewer on Landhies Road, just after the Kenya Power substation. For two days now, my nostrils have been assaulted by the raw sewage that is now finding its way into the open road drainage. What’s worse is that that section of the road is unavoidable. I wonder what these officers are waiting before they clear the blockage. Grace Mbiu, Bahati your promises, Mr Governor, and put the thieves out of the streets and into prison where they rightly belong. Time for talk is over and quick action must be taken to take the streets back from criminals. At this rate, the city is living up to its unflattering nickname – Nairobbery. You must act fast, Mr Governor. Eddy Nyandoro,Kilimani If you want to rant, email firstname.lastname@example.org KP contractor has blocked drainage After laying the underground electricity cables, it seems that Kenya Power has dusted and washed its hands. The roadside drainage is still full of soil that the company’s contractor dug up more than a month ago. The contractor has apparently tried to cover up this misdemeanour by unblocking some of the sections that are close to the city centre. The rest, it appears, he has decided that residents should sort themselves. Xavier Chamia, Embakasi Contractor to blame for dusty Hospital Road The contractor working on the Hospital Road has miserably failed the residents of the Upper Hill area and I am sick of it. It’s now more than a year since he dug up the road and dumped soil. Since then, not much work has taken place and on any day, it is a dusty affair as motorists race on the road. Living so close, the dust usually finds its way into my home. My son too has developed some chest complication and his treatment is costly. Can the contractor finish the work? Lynne Kwamboka, Upper Hill Build proper workshops for Jua Kali artisans Little is being done to improve the working conditions of Jua Kali artisans, arguably some of the people at the forefront in striving towards our industrial ideals. In this day and age, the artisans work in makeshift iron-sheet workshops. They are haphazardly built with little room for movement. One gets the feeling that if a disaster breaks out in the workshops a lot of lives would needlessly be lost. Benjamin Kongo, Westlands 11 We take up your cases The People’s Champion Curb the noise.Why would Unep, a key United Nations agency that advocates order, be complicit in something that give residents in its neighbourhood sleepless nights? asks S.Khan. For nearly 10 nights, she complains the noise emanating from some construction within its premises has made it almost impossible for the people to have any sleep. “Whenever we call to complain, we are told they are building a dias for an upcoming expo. All I can say someone had been sleeping on the job and giving us sleepless nights, Billboard in good taste. The The public looks at the wreckage of a car involved in an accident on Kenyatta Avenue. Anthony Omuya, NairobiNews Utalii underused. The leading training institution in the hotel and hospitality industry in the country is not doing enough to take advantage of its key position to boost its revenues, remarks James Githinji. Just like other profitable public and private ventures, he adds, Utalii should by now have extended its presence by opening hotels and lodges around the country, and also set up satellite campuses in other towns to offer more training opportunities to youths. It is a national disaster. The government should immediately declare road accidents a national disaster so that the deadly menace can be tackled with the seriousness it deserves, says Patrick Ndege. No doubt touched by the recent collision of a train and a matatu in which 12 people died in Nairobi’s Eastlands, he adds: “The frequency with which fatal accidents are occurring is alarming.” He would like to see more done to curb the needless deaths on the roads. His contact is patrickndege52 @gmail.com. erection of a new billboard featuring a good-looking woman and fully dressed TV personality is a breath of fresh air for Jane Muthoni, coming soon after the outcry of the one of a nude celebrity. The advert at the Uhuru Highway roundabout near the Railway Club, she adds, “is the most beautiful” she has seen recently. Tinted windows. As the government pushes for the Nyumba Kumi initiative, the issue of tinted windows should not be ignored, Dave Mungai says. He argues that it is no use for the government to ask Kenyans to flush out suspects around their homes yet cars with tinted windows abound on the streets, with no one being able to see who is inside and what is going on in there. He says most kidnap victims have said their abductors’ vehicles were fully tinted and adds that terrorists also use such vehicles. Issa Juma: I don’t believe in the illuminati frenzy and the idea that people who are doing well are in it is totally wrong to me. I believe that hard work pays. Esther Muthui: All I know is that Illuminati is in Nairobi and it is associated with devil worship and not all people who are rich are in this cult. sound off: Umoinner Sacco was linked to Illuminati cult. Do you think this is true? Natasha Kamau: I have no idea what Illuminati is, but I believe in every rumour there is some truth. Mirriam Wanjiku: I think it is a cult, but I don’t agree that all rich people got their wealth from being Illuminati members.
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