THE CUT­TING EDGE

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - LETTERS -

BY THE WATCH­MAN

SAB­O­TAGE. Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s call to his sup­port­ers to boycott three lead­ing com­pa­nies, Sa­fari­com, Bidco and Brook­side, over the elec­tion stand­off is ill-ad­vised, says Jimmy Thumbi. Those sup­port­ers, he adds, like mil­lions of other Kenyans heav­ily rely on Sa­fari­com for com­mu­ni­ca­tion, money trans­fer and the In­ter­net. Jimmy is ac­cus­ing politi­cians of us­ing their sup­port­ers to sab­o­tage le­gal businesses, and as a re­sult of which they also need­lessly suf­fer in the process. His con­tact is jim­mythumbi16@gmail.com.

VIP IM­PUNITY. VIPS’ driv­ers should be re­quired to strictly ad­here to traf­fic rules, says Antony Irungu, adding: “It’s com­mon to see cars car­ry­ing top lead­ers and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials be­ing driven at break-neck speeds on the wrong side of the road and care­lessly over­tak­ing other mo­torists. Their safety and that of other mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans, he adds, is paramount. “Not even their top-of-the range ve­hi­cles with ad­vanced safety fea­tures can pro­tect them in ac­ci­dents aris­ing from speed­ing. Their driv­ers, some of who are po­lice of­fi­cers, should lead in fol­low­ing the traf­fic rules.” His con­tact is an­tolex2001@ya­hoo.com

PLANT SEEDS. The rains are here again, pound­ing much of the coun­try, but Ki­tui County res­i­dent Sau­thi Mbunza is wor­ried that most farm­ers might not be able to cap­i­talise on this to boost food pro­duc­tion, sim­ply be­cause they lack seeds and farm equipment. How­ever, he’s grate­ful to Ki­tui Gov­er­nor Char­ity Ngilu for the launch of what has been dubbed as the ‘Ndengu (green grams) Rev­o­lu­tion’, urg­ing the farm­ers to promptly plant the seeds do­nated by the gov­er­nor. His con­tact is sauthib@gmail.com.

POWER BLACK­OUT. A vil­lage in Ugunja, Si­aya County, Dal­mas Kotit moans, has re­mained in dark­ness since June, when the power trans­former serv­ing their area, blew up, and this de­spite he and other peo­ple promptly re­port­ing to Kenya Power. He is not con­vinced that the com­pany se­ri­ously fol­lows its own cus­tomer ser­vice char­ter, as ab­so­lutely noth­ing is hap­pened some five months later. The suf­fer­ing vil­lagers, he adds, de­serve an ex­pla­na­tion and restora­tion of power sup­ply. His con­tact is drkotit@gmail.com.

STRIK­ING WORK­ERS. It’s only in Kenya, Stephen Njoroge Kamau claims, where work­ers will go on strike for sev­eral months and still be paid in full, in­clud­ing the pe­riod dur­ing which they stayed away. Fol­low­ing the just-ended nurses’ strike and the doc­tors’ one be­fore it, he adds, all were granted their full pay. “Is this in or­der?” asks Stephen, who is out­raged at how un­fair this is, and con­sid­er­ing the many deaths that oc­curred dur­ing their ab­sence that could have been pre­vented. His con­tact is step­njo@ya­hoo.com.

Have log­i­cal day, won’t you!

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