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Emails from cor­re­spon­dents

RIGHT OF WAY: On many ocas­sions, we have seen am­bu­lance driv­ers hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time ma­neu­ver­ing on roads while rush­ing emer­gency pa­tients to hospi­tals. This is ex­pe­ri­enced in our ur­ban cen­tres. The blar­ing sirens and hoot­ing do not seem to mat­ter to some way­ward driv­ers who refuse to give way. Ac­cord­ing to the High­way Code and the law, an emer­gency ve­hi­cle, such as a po­lice car, fire engine or an am­bu­lance, while sound­ing its siren, should be given way. Sadly, many mo­torists refuse to do so. It is also wor­ry­ing to see mata­tus speed af­ter the emer­gency ve­hi­cle has been granted way. This is a dis­as­ter in wait­ing. Au­thor­i­ties should find ways to curb th­ese bad road habits.

OLIVER JUMBA HYUGA, Kakamega

BET­TING CRAZE: Sports bet­ting and lot­ter­ies are all the rage to­day. They are ad­ver­tised all over so­cial and main­stream me­dia. Whereas some play­ers are hit­ting the jack­pot, mil­lions more are los­ing big time. The prob­lem is that the losers do not know when to stop and keep re-in­vest­ing al­most ev­ery­thing into bet­ting, for­get­ting the risk they are tak­ing. It has reached a point where stu­dents are in­vest­ing their fees in the in­dus­try while some par­ents are us­ing money meant for their fam­i­lies. It is strange how peo­ple want cash they have not worked for. In the mean­time, they are grow­ing poorer.

LAWRENCE MWENDA, Tharaka-nithi.

TO GOVER­NOR NYONG’O: Wa­toto Res­cue Foun­da­tion is a Kisumu-based NGO pro­mot­ing the rights of our chil­dren. There were at 3,000 chil­dren in Kisumu streets and this num­ber con­tin­ues to grow. The prob­lem is vis­i­ble in Ahero, Luanda, Sondu and other ar­eas. The streets are harsh for the chil­dren. Kisumu-based NGOS, faith­based or­gan­i­sa­tions and phi­lan­thropists have worked with the de­volved unit to seek in­ter­ven­tions for the chil­dren and their kin but their ef­forts are ham­pered by lack of re­sources. We call for the es­tab­lish­ment of a res­cue cen­tre in Kisumu to help the chil­dren. It has hap­pened else­where.

ELVIS WARA, Wa­toto Res­cue Foun­da­tion.

ELEC­TION LAW AMEND­MENTS: The Ju­bilee Party changes to the elec­tion law await­ing as­sent by Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta are ill-timed, given the prox­im­ity of the Oc­to­ber 26 re­peat poll and will add salt to the in­jury in the coun­try. The Pres­i­dent is ex­pected to sign the ap­proved bill on Fri­day. The amend­ments were ap­proved by law­mak­ers from par­ties af­fil­i­ated to Ju­bilee. Hence, it can be con­cluded that, the new elec­tion leg­is­la­tion are just Ju­bilee poll laws to suit and sat­isfy the whims and ego of one side of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide. Kenya is at a very crit­i­cal po­lit­i­cal point. It is like acid has been poured to the al­ready dis­turb­ing wound of our na­tion.

JUSTIN NKARANGA, Mom­basa.

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