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Nairobi News : December 11th 2013
voices THE RANT THE CITY FEMALE COMMUTER LACKS COURTESY IF YOU ASK ME T he city has become a place for poorly disciplined and discourteous people. I use matatus to and from home. Early morning the matatu is all quiet, so much so that I convert the seat to a bedroom extension. In the evening, however, after the hassle and bustle of work I dread taking the vehicles. Don’t get me wrong. I am used to the loud music. But there is this crop of Nairobians who irritate me and make my evenings awful. Why can’t we, avoid shouting on the phone when we receive it? If there is too much background noise waiting for 10 or 20 minutes will not make the gossip any less juicy. There was this woman the other day in an Umoinner mini bus who was competing with the loud music as she gossiped about her boss who she thought was useless and incompetent. She went on and on to the point that another commuter asked her to tone down her volume. In return she asked the commuter to alight if he thought she was noisy. The arrogance of that woman! I felt like joining the conversation to unleash a few expletives but refrained when I reasoned that if she couldn’t see the problem then maybe she was a lunatic. Every other day there is this case of, especially women, answering their calls and letting the whole matatu in on their secrets. Well I do not want to know who is dating who, what m ah te said should be cooked, why moh wbc a neigh- bour came home late or that nonsense. I just want to get home and relax. I should say that all these peo- ple shouting themselves hoarse have never discussed anything productive. I have never heard anyone egging on another to join a Sacco or asking why a contract has been delayed or simply announcing that a project was completed successfully. David Mutuma, Buruburu If you want to rant, email email@example.com LETTERS At Sh40, Makadara train fare unfriendly The government has done well to open the Makadara Railway Station. This is an answer to our prayers, albeit late in the day. But I don’t understand why the Kenya Railways Corporation has set a Sh80 and Sh60 peak and off peak return fares respectively. This is not reflective of an institution that wants to direct road commuters to its railway. With such fares, I fear the residents may soon abandon it for the road. Renson Mbalu, Pipeline Kazungu’s poverty kitty a big insult Kazungu Kambi must think Nairobians are fools. On Monday the Cabinet Secretary for Labour was quoted saying they would start dishing out Sh2,000 to the elderly and the orphans to fight poverty. Sh2,000 by any standard is a big insult to residents whose monthly food budget alone is more than the amount. How can they survive on that in the face of the everincreasing cost of living thanks to the same government? Hildah Karimi, Pangani Sh500 for Jubilee fete a waste of money The Sh500 million that the government is using to celebrate 50 years of independence, I am told is more than enough to repair the roads in my California estate in Eastleigh. With that amount, the roads now in a pathetic state, would acquire some tarmac and a good drainage. But the money will be wasted in among others securing the services of someone to hoist the national flag on Mount Kenya. Suleiman Adbi, Eastleigh Deal decisively with Kibera’s Siafu gang That on Sunday a Kibera extortionist gang calling itself Siafu stopped President Uhuru Kenyatta from attending a rally in the area is a truth stranger than fiction. This is embarrassing. Is this what our security has come to? If the leader of this sovereign nation cannot walk freely in the area, how about any Tom, Dick and Harry? Decisive steps must be taken to curtail the power of the gang, just like it happened with Mungiki. Benjamin Kilonzo, Ngumo If you want to write a letter, email firstname.lastname@example.org Mustafa Hajji: It depends on how it will be used. But on the face, it is so much money at a time when many residents are living below the poverty line. A beggar at the Donholm roundabout. Jeff Angote, NairobiNews Greatest inequality. There is little to celebrate about in Nairobi during tomorrow’s Jubilee fete, says Lonah Mwachana. The last 50 years have ushered in one of the greatest inequality in the world, she notes. She points out that the gap between the rich and the poor is today as wide as the Indian ocean and is still widening. Every street in the city centre and even in some estates has beggars, something she says would shame the men and women, now long dead who fought for the freedom that has enabled a few county residents to enrich themselves at the expense of millions. Lonah says the county’s few achievements, viewed against these inequalities pale in comparison. Dalton Omgagi: It’s not a wise expenditure. It should have been used to fight urban insecurity. What’s the use in celebrating only to get mugged afterwards? Welcome reprieve.Monday’s Hellen Atieno: That is a poor use of our money. Many of us are still jobless and this kind of expenditure will not benefit common Nairobians. opening of Makadara Railway Station could not have come at a better time, observes Mary Kerubo. She says the service to Makadara, Donholm, Buruburu and Makongeni will be a welcome reprieve to residents who have had to waste as much as four hours each day on the infamous Jogoo Road traffic jam. She however regrets that the way leading to the station, just off Jogoo Road is small and there is bound to be congestion as motorists queue to enter the station. “Doesn’t it defeat the purpose of setting the station up to ease congestion only to have it contribute to more snarlups?” she asks. She says the Kenya Railways Corporation should ask its contractor to do a better job. Revolting bridge. It is unfathomable that someone in their right senses would choose to convert a footbridge into a toilet, says Jeffrey Momanyi who is particularly revolted by the stench coming from the bridge connecting Muthurwa Market to Machakos bus stage. Some people, he laments, have been shamelessly answering both short and long calls on the bridge and now users have to cross with their breaths held and their eyes trained on the ground to avoid stepping on more than they bargained for. “Aside from the fact that the footbridge is as high as the tower of Babel, the open defecation has kept road users from the footbridge and now risk their lives by crossing the ever-busy Landhies Road. Ultimate blame. Similarly concerned by the misuse of city footbridges is Gloria Pyaban. She says the practice of relieving oneself is not limited to the Muthurwa footbridge alone, but is also evident at the one near Nyayo National Stadium. Gloria blames the vice on street families who turn the crossover into their home whenever darkness sets in. However, she adds, the ultimate blame lies with the county government that has miserably failed in its mandate to provide free or affordable toilets. She says the well paid officers at County Hall may think that Sh10 is a little amount to part with for using a toilet, but for these families it is the difference between sleeping on an empty stomach or taking some semblance of decent food. If you want to write to The People’s Champion email email@example.com .com Wednesday, Dec 11 - Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke Sound off Do you think the Sh500m set to be spent in the Jubilee fete is a wise use of taxpayer’s money? 11 We take up your cases The People’s Champion Janet Naisimoi: The cost of living is overwhelming Nairobians and misusing money like that is an insult to the urban poor who survive on poor diet.
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