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Nairobi News : December 18th 2013
10 you say On Twitter @JacobWanga: Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate lifestyles of county officials in new deal signed by Governor Evans Kidero. @enocksikolia: Government reintroduces #alcoblow with immediate effect beginning in Nairobi in attempt to reduce road accidents. @Daily Nation: Police shot dead four suspects and found an AK47 rifle Tuesday morning near Uchumi Supermarket in Kasarani. @wgkantai: I’ve just seen what seems to be an example of a Mututho permit. It says that there should be no political discussion during your party. On Facebook WE SAY and political distractions. And who are we to begrudge everyone the ‘feel good’ factor after they endured a nerve-racking electioneering period, terror attacks, accidents and inflation? Nevertheless, we need to urge caution here. In the past few years, Kenya has turned into a country of hard drinkers, driven both by rising income levels and desperation in almost equal measure. That is why John Mututho, the feisty Nacada boss, has become the scourge of a good section of the population. Indeed, both bar owners, alcohol compa- nies, and distributors are all agreed that Mr Mututho, a teetotaller, is the wrong man for the job. The truth is that they wished the job did not exist. But it is not hard to coexist with the law. What Mr Mututho is advocating is right—if Let merry season bring cheer not tears F or most Nairobians it is now deep into the festive season after a year of hard toil you remove the fact that his body language is more like that of a colonial-time headmaster, falling short of advocating caning of drunks. He is correct when he urges moderation in taking alcohol. It is for everyone’s good that discipline prevails in the season. The family unit for one cannot withstand recklessness. A family head must necessarily provide before indulging. After all, what fun would you have while the other members of the family are living in misery? Isn’t the season of goodwill about spreading cheer? Again if you maim or kill in the period which will come to an end shortly anyway, what pleasure does your carelessness yield? It is important to keep at the back of our minds that in a few days to come, we will be shouldering heavy burdens including paying school fees, rent and other bills. For the young people, we urge you not to be carried away by a few days, which might For what will you gain to be the last man standing in a beer drinking competition only to fall in a road accident minutes later? firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Wednesday, Dec 18 - Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 SMS BUZZ Hellen: I support Mututho. This man has the best interest of children at heart and Nairobians should place the welfare of their little ones above their need for a drink. Brenda: Haven’t we been here before; used the Alcoblow to reduce drunk driving only to fail miserably? Agustus: Good news as RVR resumes normal operations in all city routes following a reduction in the rains. Winnie Mueni. The weighbridge in Mlolongo should be set up elsewhere. Being stuck in jam for hours whenever drivers demonstrate is not fair. Millicent Koech. Machakos Governor enters return to work agreement with health unions, due to incentives providing good packages and work modalities. Any incentives under Kidero’s sleeve? Peninah Outa. How about this? Even our broke inefficient Kenya Power can afford to unveil a charity cup. NTV Kenya. Helb loan collections hit Sh3.3 billion in record growth. Eugene Khasande. I think the government should focus on major issues first before deciding to deal with small ones like house party licences. 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. email@example.com Registered at the GPO as a newspaper Zablon: I will still wait until December 25 after the court hears the case against digital TV migration to confirm if I should really sink my Sh4,000 on a set top box. voices AT THE HEART OF THE CITY It could well be said that alcohol employs Nacada Frank Midega Only a thought the country side, is often peddled around with such casualty you’d think its cocaine during the Vietnam War. Yet its context is almost D always taken lightly. But of late this has come to bear unprecedented profundity. Since beer was first bottled in the mid 1500s it has faced more contention than the land under the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Now Kenya’s sole advo- cate of the ‘Women’s war of 1873’ is not just content with dictating at what times you can purse your lips and savour a drink, but wishes to steamroller into your house and cars unannounced and carry on-the-spot searches. Kenyans should stop paying lip service to this stripping down of universal rights to privacy. Such intolerable searches and seizures by the police, history has shown, lead to increased criminal activity rather than a drop. A discussion needs to be had on whether the eep-seated issues is a phrase that like illegal brew in purported protection of citizens from alcohol abuse is indeed more urgent a social issue than the protection of individual freedom that the country has achieved in its 50 years of existence. Furthermore, such pro- hibitive legislations will deprive citizens of jobs and the Treasury of much needed revenue. Alcohol single-handedly cantilevers the Kenyan economy. Aside being one of the top revenue generating products, it is perhaps one of the largest employers. owners; Yardstick From brewers to bar transporters and distributors; waiters; bouncers; taxis; late night matatus and even the twilight ladies, it could well be said facetiously that alcohol employs the National Campaign Against Drugs Agency (Nacada). One man’s emotional roller coaster should never be the yardstick on how a whole nation should be allowed to make merry. firstname.lastname@example.org define your future if you are not careful. And if the money you are enjoying is from a dependent, think about it as your future if you can save it. You might not be able to be a dependent forever. For what will you gain to be the last man standing in a beer drinking competition only to fall in a road accident minutes later? Let’s all take it easy, be merry and come out of it happier than teary-eyed.
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