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Nairobi News : November 25th 2013
voices THE RANT NAIROBIANS TAKE THE CAKE FOR SOCIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY time is wasted, less money is spent on fuel and the environment suffers less. But before the authority sinks more millions in estate roads in T Eastlands and other less-shiny areas, it should do away with illegal roadside car washes. At Sh100, their services are popular in these lean times. The guy who would otherwise have sliced your throat last night also gets to earn a decent living when hooch and bhang are his priorities. Earning a decent living is something we should be proud of, but must it be at the expense of roads? Bitumen surfaces crack rapidly under the stagnant water from the car washes, putting Kura’s efforts to waste. It can be seen on all junctions on Heshima Avenue all the way from Burma Market to Jerusalem. All turn offs have degenerated into veritable craters. The same will soon happen to the section of the new Jericho-Umoja link road near Wab Hotel where scores of car washes have mushroomed. The culprits in this case are Senator Mike Sonko’s boys who treat police officers and County askaris as a nuisance. What does this tell us? Nairobians are not a very smart lot. They may brag that they are special; that their thieves are smarter than the rural ones; that as hustlers, their ways of making money put rural enterprise to shame. They can brag until Kipande House grows into a skyscraper. However, “smart” as they are, Nairobians take the cake for social irresponsibility and foolishness. They have a penchant for reducing the best-intentioned projects into useless efforts. And who is the loser? Themselves. Not impressed at all. For an Sammy Wambua, Buruburu If you want to rant, email email@example.com LETTERS Criminals on the prowl in Zimmerman estate A criminal gang masquerading as prostitutes is on the prowl in Zimmerman. As early as 8pm skimpily dressed women line up the road from the Base matatu stage up to Success stage next to the famous Canopy Night Club. These girls are in cahoots with muggers who rob people at knife point. The prostitutes are used as spies and target their clients, some of whom are shoppers. Kasarani OCS must act on these muggers who are endangering the lives of residents. Benard Kariuki, Zimmerman Gikomba traders bullying customers Shopping at Gikomba has become a nightmare. The traders have turned into bullies as they fight for customer attention. Some even go as far as to detain would-be customers as they try to woo them. I have seen some customers, especially women shed tears because of this behaviour. What’s worse, some in the midst of the detention actually rob the customers and deny any involvement if discovered. Juma Khamisi, Embakasi Let’s stop acting like we are in Stone Age The majority of deaths reported every year are pedestrians crossing roads in the wrong time and at the wrong places. While drivers may be blamed, pedestrians are to blame more for ignoring traffic lights and road signs. Recently, the County government erected digitised traffic lights on major roads within the city. But, residents seem to be ignorant of the clear signs meant for their safety. It is time Nairobians stopped behaving like people who are just coming from the stoneage. Brenda Wako, Karen At last lights on Jogoo Road, but at what cost? After many years of calling for the installation of security lights on Jogoo Road, it appears that some official in County Hall at last heard our plea. But at what cost? The usually dark dual carriage road has been the site of some gruesome accidents, involving both vehicles and pedestrians that could easily have been avoided had there been security lights. That it has taken this long reflects badly on City Hall priorities. Japheth Kibet, Bahati If you want to write a letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org John Ndung’u: This is good news. I depend on my parents and this means that they will spend less in footing my electricity bills. institution that has been trying to shed the inefficiency tag that has long been associated with its services, Beverly Mukumu is not impressed with the electricity distributor’s response to her problem. Beverly says, “for a whole week I was forced to sleep in the darkness as I waited for its workers to replace a spoilt prepaid meter.” In that period she made several visits to Stima House and even knew some workers on a first name basis. She would like Kenya Power to pull up its socks. Clean drainage as well. Also Yvonne Amollo: I hope the reduction will eventually traslate into lower prices for unga and other food. worried about the quality of the city’s meat in Burma Market is Jeniffer Munga. While she lauds the initiative, she advises that the clean up should spread to the road that serves the market, where pick-ups park beside clogged drainage and muddy sections to unload their cargo. The men that carry the meat, she observes are not the cleanest people one would imagine handle the food that feeds thousands of households in the city every day. Name change won’t help. In Silas Mudavadi: It is a timely decision. I am excited because this essentially means that my household budget will drop and maybe have some change in my pocket. his bid to reform the infamous city askaris, Governor Evans Kidero has proposed to name them the Metropolitan Police Unit, but Anthony Kiptum insists that it will take more than a change of name for the men and women in green and yellow to appear human. Having come face to face with one of them after breaking a bylaw he had no idea existed, Kiptum says the officers have a long way in learning how to deal with people in a humane manner. Only then, he adds “will true reform in the work force take root making this city great.” Find a lasting solution. The decision to close the Burma Market for lack of proper hygiene as well as to enable renovations is timely, notes Jeremiah Kimatu. The market was in such a sorry state, he adds, that the surroundings would be enough to makes ones stomach turn. However, Kimatu wonders “haven’t we being here before; the market closed, thorough clean up done, yet the traders go back to their dirty ways?” He says this time, a lasting solution must he found to maintain cleanliness. Friendly banking. The thought of banking is no longer something that makes Yusuf Abdi cringe. Ever since the Kenya Commercial Bank started implementing a technology centred system that allows its customers to sit comfortably in banking halls and wait to be called by the tellers, he says, he has been looking foward to his weekly visits to his bank. That KCB was recently awarded in the PRSK Awards, he says, attests to the public appreciation for the system. Worrying killings. Few people are condemning the extra-judicial killings of suspected criminals by police officers and this worries Ruth Matete. She says she shudders because she knows only too well that, “going by our officers’ proven capacity for poor judgement and shoddy investigations, that could very well be you and me”- victims of mistaken identity. Some of these officers, she says, think it wise to shoot dead unarmed suspects rather than burn the fat accumulated in their bellies, from years of taking bribes by giving chase to the fleeing suspects.” If you want to write to The People’s Champion email email@example.com Customers wait to be served at Stima House, Kenya Power head office. File, NairobiNews he Kenya Urban Roads Authority has done a good job repairing roads in the city. With smooth roads, traffic flows faster, less Monday, Nov 25 - Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Sound off Electricity tariffs were recently reduced. What are your views on the move? 11 We take up your cases The People’s Champion Jones Ndung’u: It’a good, but the government should reduce other charges in the bills that are passed to the cunsumer.
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