THE CUTTING EDGE
BY THE WATCHMAN
POLITICAL STALEMATE. The “loud silence” from retired presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki as the political stalemate over the August 8 elections rages, pushing the country to the brink of chaos is worrying Mwangi Wanjohi. Former US leader Jimmy Carter, through his Carter Foundation, retired Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and former United Nations boss Kofi Annan, Mwangi recalls, played a pivotal role in reconciling the warring parties during the 2008 post-election violence. “Where are you sirs? Our country badly needs you now,” he pleads. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
RARE APOLOGY. Is this “very rare apology” a sign of things to come? asks Jasper Ouma, in response to a statement by Starehe MP Charles Njagua alias Jaguar, regretting an incident in which he and his Embakasi East counterpart, Babu Owino, engaged in fisticuffs in Parliament. Jasper hopes that this did not come out of any form of coercion. “Congratulations to the MP for showing us that things can, indeed, change regardless of the consequences.” Other errant leaders, Jasper urges, should follow that laudable example by the MP. His contact is email@example.com.
HEALTH CARE. Jubilee’s free maternity services as an election campaign pledge does not wash, because it is an indication of misplaced priorities by the leadership, notes Mario Weru, adding: “Why bring children to the world to suffer the high mortality rate due to the poor management of the health sector?” The high incidence of malaria and diarrhoea cases, he states, has been fuelled by the numerous strikes by medical staff. Mario is calling for an elaborate health care programme to cover all Kenyans, which should include fully promoting family planning services. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
POWER FAILURE. Nearly 1,000 households on Ngumba Road at Githurai 44, on Nairobi’s northwestern outskirts are suffering due to power failure that has lasted more than 70 hours, defying efforts by Kenya Power technicians, Paul Njuguna moans. The technicians, Paul adds, have been at work for nearly 10 hours, but the blackout persists. As a result, they have also been literally cut off from communication as they cannot charge their mobile phones. “Please do your job well, Kenya Power,” demands Paul. His contact is email@example.com.
LESSONS LEARNT. There are lessons to be learnt from every situation or challenge faced by the people says Eldoret-based gospel musician David Chegerichman. According to David, the harsh economic environment and recent disease outbreaks, including the malaria epidemic that is ravaging Baringo County, present some learning on management and the preparedness to handle such issues. “May the Lord encourage and strengthen us and we shall overcome these!” he concludes. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUTANT MOSQUITOES? Mosquitoes in Nairobi are become harder to control “as they are faster and able to dodge sprays aimed at them”, claims Christopher Kibiwott, convinced about the emergence of mutating species. “They have learnt to fly low, as close to the ground or bed surface as possible, meaning it is harder to spot them. It appears, they know where the human eyes are as they keep clear of the line of vision. God knows how many other mutations these vectors have undergone. Any entomologist out there willing to shed some light or investigate this?” His contact is email@example.com.
Koffi Annan (left) with Raila Odinga (c) and B. Mkapa.