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Nairobi News : December 2nd 2013
10 you say On Twitter @Susan Korir.We cannot be truly said to be one people as advocated by the #WeAreOne campaign unless inequalities among us are effectively addressed. @Philip Ogola. Sexual transmission is the primary driver of Kenya’s HIV epidemic. @Wambui Waweru. Health Secretary James Macharia urges youth to desist risky sexual behaviour as they become more prone to contract HIV/Aids. @KTNKenya. Commuters shunning Syokimau train services in favour of matatus, private cars. @NTV Kenya.Maasai morans in Kajiado denounce HIV testing. NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Monday, Dec 2 - Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 WE SAY to deliver, a shocking new report reveals. It adds that only three out of ten workers Kick out incompetent county workers A t least three out of every five county workers are either unqualified or too old match the requirements for their jobs. It lays bare the rot at County Hall. And it must be acted upon — now. The report by auditors PriceWaterhouse- Coopers was commissioned by former Town Clerk Philip Kisia. It also states that 69 per cent of the staff do not have the skills for their jobs — and that the workforce is bloated by 3,676 employees. “The city requires 7,716 employees. The extra numbers are not needed,” the report notes. The Planning Department has the highest number of unqualified staff at 93 per cent. Only 18 out of the 249 employees in the department have relevant skills. The Legal Department follows with 84 per cent while the Treasury comes third with 82 per cent of staff holding jobs they cannot do properly. Two in every three staff in the Health De- partment are not qualified to treat people or to maintain public health standards. In another worrying revelation, 76 per cent of staff in Education Department are poorly trained, meaning schools are packed with poorly trained teachers and supervisors. The Environment Department whose key objective is to keep the county clean has only 155 of its 626 workforce matching their job requirements. The report notes that 92 per cent of lower cadre staff are poorly educated or are not educated at all. This means they were employed because of their connections with the powers that be. And it easily explains why Nairobians hardly get the services they pay for. New taxes have been introduced and ex- The Planning Department has the highest number of unqualified staff at 93 per cent. Only 18 out of the 249 employees in the department have relevant skills email@example.com voices AT THE HEART OF THE COUNTY SMS BUZZ On Facebook Bilha: I believe it is about time proper zoning was done in Nairobi. We should not have factories sitting side by side with residential houses. Binda: As we go about this day, we should spare a thought for all 1.2 million Kenyans living with HIV/Aids and try to live responsibly ourselves. Abigael: The short rains season has started proper, a time when matatu crews charge fares as they will. Daily Nation. Passenger capacity at JKIA to hit 26 million with Sh55bn terminal. Elly Edward. Four Nation Media Group journalists feted at EAC media awards. Njau Muriithi. Sh300 for parking in the city centre is too stiff a charge by the County government. We should have parking meters enable residents pay exactly what they use. Njau Muriithi. NSSF might just as well abandon the thought of building Hazina Towers. Now Nakumatt Holdings threatens a Sh4.7 billion suit for defaulted 20year contract. A PUBLICATION OF NATION MEDIA GROUP Published at Nation Centre, Kimathi Street and printed at Mombasa Road, Nairobi by Nation Media Group Limited, P. O. BOX 49010, Nairobi 00100. Tel: 3288000, 0719038000. Fax 2213946. firstname.lastname@example.org Registered at the GPO as a newspaper Joel: One Huduma Centre at the city centre is still a tall order for a poor Kawangware resident who can’t afford Sh50 for bus fare. We need more centres in our estates. Nairobi could learn from bankrupt Detroit Tom Maliti Only a thought I s it possible that one day Nairobi will want to be protected from its credi- tors and seek to be declared bankrupt? This is not an idle ques- tion. Nairobi has huge debts that have persisted for decades, just like Detroit, one of America’s most important cities. Detroit is now officially bankrupt. Detroit is nicknamed Motor City because it is the centre of the American car industry, which dominated the world market for much of the 20th century. As the city’s economic and cultural fortunes grew, Detroit’s debt rose over five decades. Similarly, Nairobi’s debt has never dropped over the decades. This year, the Governor of Michigan State, where Detroit is located, decided decades-old debt was no longer acceptable. In a move that he be- lieves will prevent Detroit sinking further in debt, Governor Rick Snyder appointed an emergency financial manager to the city in March. Five months into the manager Kevyn Orr concluded that reducing the city’s expenditure and selling whatever could be sold was not enough to bring down Detroit’s $18 billion debt. He calculated Detroit could not repay in full all its creditors and they would also have to take a cut. This is only possible under America’s bankruptcy law. In July, Orr sought the governor’s authority to file for bankruptcy in court. Snyder approved his application and Detroit is now the largest city in the US to become bankrupt. This should act as cau- tionary tale for Nairobi. Detroit thought its position as motor city was unassailable. Then Japan’s car industry rose in the 1980s, overtaking the American motor industry and Job cuts followed. Nairobi could face a simi- lar situation if more towns and cities attract residents and business from Nairobi. email@example.com isting ones have been raised. It is therefore appalling that Nairobians are paying more for zero service. We shall not be surprised that the new County government has inherited this rot from the George Aladwa regime. We must, as a county, demand that the governor Dr Evans Kidero, must weed out this rot and hire people who are competent to deliver the services the county needs and deserves. Anything else is unacceptable.
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