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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 wan­jo­himwangi@ya­

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

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

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 ju­

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 david­chegerich­

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 chriskib2000@ya­

Koffi An­nan (left) with Raila Odinga (c) and B. Mkapa.

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