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Nairobi News : December 2nd 2013
voices THE RANT INEFFICIENT NEMA OFFICIALS SHOULD BE SENT PACKING I read that the government is forcibly retiring some civil servants whom it has rightfully deemed as dead weight to the taxpayer. That is a most commendable decision. However, I wish the scope of the layoff could be extended to focus not only on ministries, but parastatals as well, where officers continue to get fat on our money, but have nothing to show for it at the end of the day. I am particularly vexed by the leadership of the National Environ- mental Management Authority (Nema), at least to me, appears not to know the head from the tail end of their mandate. The use of the term authority in the same sentence when referring to the environmental watchdog is laughable, at least going by my experience. Living in South C, located on the ever jam-packed Mombasa Road I have had to bear the brunt of matatus using the estate roads in a bid to beat traffic. Like clockwork, these mini-buses and vans have been passing by my house that is, unfortunately, located near the road, music at eardrum-tearing volumes and their seemingly mad drivers hooting widely. As if that were not enough, the touts join in the circus and shout their lungs out calling for passengers. The first time I experienced this madness I thought the estate was on fire. You may ask, why do I blame Nema for this? Simple. If the officers knew a thing about controlling environmental noise pollution, my sleep would be peaceful. Similarly they have been entirely useless in reining in the church and the bar in my estate, ever competing for the title of the biggest noise maker. My neighbours and I have given up on reporting these two to the so called authority. We suspect its officers are getting something on the side just to turn the proverbial blind eye to our woes. Nema needs an overall overhaul of officers. The current lot should be retired. I, the hard-working taxpayer should not have to pay for inefficiency. Joab Kivila, South C If you want to rant, email firstname.lastname@example.org LETTERS Abusive beggars lose on our city streets There is a breed of beggars in town that is abusive to people who overlook their begging bowls. I recently came face to face with one female beggar who insulted me, the kind that is not fit to be written in a family newspaper. My big mistake was to tell her “not today.” The same woman once attacked a friend of mine using a wooden walking stick for overlooking her bowl. I am naturally pitiful of their situation, however, given the behaviour of this beggar, I am thinking twice nowadays. Lynet Mwinzi, Kayole Kura should ensure proper roads drainage It is time Kenya Urban Road Authority (Kura) checked on the way the roads across the city are built. Thika Superhighway is the most modern road we have today, but the drainage is a big let down. It’s embarrassing when one is driving on the road, especially at Pangani and it is flooded. For those of us using small private cars, it is usually a hectic time as they stall and the vehicles have to be towed, which is expensive. Gloria Cheruiyot, Ruaka Government officers mean with information Some government officers are not forthright in sharing public information as the Constitution envisions. These officers are very economical with information, giving frustrating excuses. The most notorious one is “write an email detailing the information required”. The emails often take eternity before a reply is given, and even then it is rarely satisfactory. Given that most if not all the required information is in their line of expertise, it beats logic why it would take long to get it. Timothy Ng’ang’a, Karen Matatus should stick to their designated routes It annoys me whenever I board a matatu and the driver decides to branch into some unfamiliar routes, to avoid traffic. This seems like the norm on Jogoo Road whenever drivers detect traffic jam ahead. The other day a City Shuttle matatu driver branched into some Eastleigh road, then passed by Burma Market before finally getting stuck at Gikomba Market. I arrived late at work and had a lot of explaining to do. Japheth Kibet, Bahati If you want to write a letter, email email@example.com If you want to write to The People’s Champion email firstname.lastname@example.org Tabitha Muthoni: I am yet to see a digital box myself, at home or my neighbours’ since it’s not cheap. The way things are, many people will be switched off. Emmanuel Maingi: I have not migrated since am not a TV fan. If they go ahead with the switch off by December 13, then it may make others consider buying the box. Monday, Dec 2 - Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Sound off Digital TV migration D-day is a week away. Have you bought approved set top boxes? 11 We take up your cases The People’s Champion Children salvage what they can after a fire gutted shanties in Mukuru Kayaba slum. File, NairobiNews Raise awareness. In Mukuru Kaiyaba slum, heaping of garbage on the roads to form bumps is thought as a proper disposal method, says Solomon Matata. He adds that the practise of using the so called flying toilets is still common among slum dwellers whom, he notes, “that is the only way they know how.” His appeal is that the Ministry of Health, Non Governmental Organisations and the area County Assembly leaders should raise awareness on benefits of proper sanitation. Nauseating stench. Similarly Noor Aden: I migrated last year, but the cost I have incurred since then is not pleasing. nauseated by the stench on Landhies Road is Abdi Hamisi. Hamisi says the sight is an eyesore and living in the nearby Muthurwa estate has become difficult. Hamisi advises that if the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company is unable to deal with the faulty sewerage, then perhaps it is time they exited the scene and another company or group took over. A youth group that operates toilets in the area, he notes is already trying to unblock the sewerage. Nyumba Kumi great. Tony Jumba Beryl Aoko: I am willing to buy the digital box, but the only question is if we’ll get value for our money. terms the Ole Lenku-led Nyumba Kumi initiative a great idea for the jubilee year and cannot understand why Nairobians would fight an attempt to make the city safer. Having been brought up in a rural area, Jumba says he appreciates the value of having one’s neighbour well versed with everybody’s business. “Nairobians should not feel like they are losing their privacy, but should rather jump at the idea that will not only make the city much more secure, but also promote the cohesion that has seemed elusive since 2008,” he says. Shoddy work.When Governor Evans Kidero sued the management of the Athi Water Services Board for sitting pretty as raw sewage spilled into Nairobi River, he forgot that much closer to the city centre, his officers had subjected Nairobians to a similar situation, says Nelson Mbula. He points that the sewerage on Landhies Road, just past the Kenya Power substation has burst and raw sewage is now spilling into the road drainage. This, he adds, is after county workers did shoddy work on the pipes. Safaricom problem. The joy of having a new smartphone, says Gideon Njoroge, has been sapped by “a baffling problem with Safaricom service.” He bought the phone a month ago and since then, whenever his airtime balance gets to Sh15, his calls get disconnected. The automated voice at the end of the line always informs him he has insufficient credit to complete the call. His neighbour told him the problem affects all smartphone users, but Njoroge thinks it’s Safaricom’s problem. No longer flattering. It was flattering at first when her mobile service provider, Airtel used to send her some texts informing her of its latest products or services, says Susan Akinyi, adding that it made her feel like she was truly an esteemed customer. After a while, however, the texts increased and came at such odd hours like midnight, rousing her from her sleep. What is worse, some song download services have joined in the race for her attention and now make her life difficult. She has tried to unsubscribe from these unsolicited services without success.
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