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.