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Nairobi News : December 4th 2013
10 you say On Twitter @Hot_96Kenya: MP Alfred Keter faults the tendering process of the standard gauge railway line saying the country stands to lose Sh400bn. @Kenya_Airports: JKIA is currently the largest cargo hub in Africa, handling 300 million kilogrammes of cargo per annum. @carolmusyoka: The engineer who designed the Yaya four way junction is a genius. @anthonymbolu: Cost of living set to go up as new power tariffs take effect. @robjillo: The government declares Friday December 13 a public holiday for Kenya at 50 celebrations to be attended by 11 Presidents. NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Wednesday, Dec 4 - Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 SMS BUZZ On Facebook Evelyne: Why spend millions on laptops for tots when police stations do not even have computers? Where are the government’s priorities? Dan: Dear Kenyans, we will never have security as long as police are paid peanuts while MPs, County Reps earn millions. It’s that simple. Daily Nation. APA Insurance pays Sh500m for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport fire. Lloyd Ong’onge. Justice Odunga suspends JSC tribunal, reinstates six suspended commissioners and recommends a three-judgebench to hear the matter. Patrick Wambugu. Law Society of Kenya wants traffic boss suspended for road carnage menace. Rose Adege. Various social media accounts are doing a far better job educating the public on road safety than Traffic Commandant Samuel Kamaru’s men. Evans Kidero.We are proud of this JKIA’s Greenfield project. The county will benefit from jobs here. We hope to see its completion. 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 Rose: The traffic police officers at the Donholm roundabout should be sacked. All they do is chat as motorists are stuck in jam. Laibuta: Perhaps there is no need to regulate the media. In any case, a considerable number of journalists represent political and commercial interests Tarmacking in the city can be a harrowing task Frank Midega Only a thought Aside floods in Nyando and tornadoes in the Midwest, ‘tarmacking’ is probably the one thing definite in life; taxes not quite so. Looking for a job is har- rowing business. When you’re a man, over your shoulders you bear more weight than Medusa’s head. Finding a proper job is fundamental, and probably more than a woman. In Nairobi there’s pre- cious little attractive in a man with no proper job. Biology dictates it’s an inherent female instinct to look for a partner who’s capable of protecting and fending for her offspring. Everything else about true love is malarkey. Cheap love is really only found on the other side of town, up narrow stairways and rooms so dimly lit you would never read a Bible inside them. When I graduated, armed with the confidence of Moses parting the Red Sea and the industry of a garment worker in a Bangladesh factory, I put up a ramrod straight gait and hovered from Westlands to Upper Hill, where everyone says the white collar jobs are. From Insurance compa- nies to investment corporations, I walked into so many receptions I should write a book on shuttle diplomacy code of conduct. Nairobi can be cruel and unforgiving. As everyone looks to defy the government statistics on employment, the competition from peers can also be overwhelming. In fact, city offices are so full of cover letters and resumes they probably have an agreement with serviette manufacturers and wallpaper companies to buy them. You can prepare for mile- stones in life but it’s simply disingenuous to claim preparation for the chaos of Nairobi life ‘tarmacking’. It’s like trying to teach a pupil in Burma the politics of Ethiopia and Eritrea. email@example.com WE SAY basa to Nairobi and onwards to Uganda, Rwanda and Southern Sudan, it is likely that the project will run into difficulties. Already, there is the legal challenge bind- We need a way to curb the railway squatters E ven as we welcome the construction of the standard gauge railway from Mom- 100 feet on either side of the railway in Mukuru Kaiyaba, Kaloleni and near Likoni Road. Luckily for residents of Kibera and Mukuru ing Kenya Railways Corporation to providing alternative housing for families living next to the railway in Nairobi before evicting them from their present homes. Court orders were issued after some families living near the railway in Kibera and Mukuru Kwa Reuben, under the umbrella group Railway Dwellers Federation of Kenya (RDFK) asked the court to halt evictions. As matters stand, Kenya Railways must obey the order or risk its bosses being thrown behind bars for contempt. This explains why the two slums were missing from the list of those to be demolished. The list affected only those homes built Kwa Reuben, the World Bank has already set aside Sh7 billion towards the building of 9,000 high rise apartments to accommodate them. Previous demolitions A 12.3 kilometre perimeter wall will be built to block people from the railway line. This will help to prevent such accidents as the recent collision between a train and a minibus at Mutindwa that left a dozen dead and others injured. Whereas previous demolitions have led to lose of life and destruction of property, it is imperative that railway land be off limit. Kenya Railways must spare no effort to ensure no people can develop businesses nor build homes near the railway. It is also the responsibility of wananchi to Kenya Railways cannot afford to watch people build houses along the line and come later to start demolishing them firstname.lastname@example.org voices stop living and working near the railway — for their own safety and that of their children. Once these people are moved no one should be allowed back. Kenya Railways cannot afford to watch people build houses along the line and come later to start demolishing them. A mechanism of monitoring the line should be in place to curb encroachment when it starts.
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