THE CUT­TING EDGE

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - OPINION - E-mail: watch­man@ke.na­tion­media.com or write to Watch­man, POB 49010, Nairobi 00100. Fax 2213946.

BY THE WATCH­MAN

PAR­TIAL POLLSTERS. The re­cent opin­ion polls that have seen Nairobi score dis­mally are not a true re­flec­tion of the re­al­ity on the ground, says Chris Kiriba. He takes great ex­cep­tion to the pollsters’ com­par­i­son of Nairobi with two other coun­ties, Mom­basa and Kisumu, on the ba­sis of ser­vice de­liv­ery to their res­i­dents. The sur­vey, Chris is con­vinced, “was bi­ased against Nairobi”. The cap­i­tal, he adds, “has a huge pop­u­la­tion that nat­u­rally sup­ports the op­po­si­tion and, there­fore, won’t see any­thing good that Gov­er­nor Mike Sonko does”. His con­tact is chriskiriba14@gmail.com.

TRIBAL VARSITIES. The pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties have, sadly, be­come the bas­tions of trib­al­ism and nepo­tism, claims Maiko Sun­zuki, tak­ing is­sue, es­pe­cially with the ap­point­ment of vice-chan­cel­lors. The ma­jor­ity of the VCS, who are set to re­tire soon, he adds, are from the re­gions in which the in­sti­tu­tions are lo­cated. “If the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion can’t en­sure that the sen­ates of the uni­ver­si­ties do fair se­lec­tions, why can’t it just do a reshuf­fle, so that the VCS swap places? It’s so dis­heart­en­ing that the heads of our uni­ver­si­ties are tribal chiefs!” His con­tact is unit­ed­pamoja@gmail.com.

FOR­LORN FOOT­BRIDGES. There are good rea­sons why Mom­basa res­i­dents have been shun­ning a few of the foot­bridges and fly­overs con­structed at such a high cost to tax­pay­ers, says Lu­ciana Mwa­choki. Although she lives next to one of the foot­bridges in the Bux­ton area, Lu­ciana says, she would rather cross the busy road in­stead. If some­one uses the foot­bridge, she says, they find that there is hardly any space to walk on near the Malindi matatu ter­mi­nus, forc­ing them to walk on the road, with mo­tor ve­hi­cles com­ing from be­hind. Her con­tact is lu­ci­akeyo@gmail.com.

DOZEN DAYS OF DARK­NESS. Just when the res­i­dents and com­pa­nies lo­cated on Gil­gil Road, off En­ter­prise Road, Nairobi, thought they had suf­fered enough due to the pot­holed roads, un­cov­ered man­holes, poor drainage and ha­rass­ment by pesky car park­ing at­ten­dants, Kenya Power has weighed in with its own dose of pun­ish­ment, moans Peter Gichana. As­so­ci­ated Mo­tors, an Isuzu dealer, whose ac­count is No. 1950512, and many oth­ers, Peter claims, have ex­pe­ri­enced black­outs for a to­tal of 12 days. His con­tact is Tel. 0722340182 or pgichana@hot­mail.co.uk.

‘EX-FART’ OPIN­ION. A sim­ply in­ter­est­ing so­lu­tion to Joanne Ndi­rangu’s ir­ri­ta­tion by her house­mate, who likes fart­ing in the kitchen in the evening, ar­rives from Uk-based Kenyan S. K. Chege. Says he: “Do you (Watchie) some­times fall off the chair laugh­ing? Some of these are ab­so­lutely hi­lar­i­ous, but not to Joanne. To her, I wish to sug­gest that, be­fore the other woman starts fart­ing at 9.30pm, please, open the door a minute ear­lier and ask her to go out for five min­utes. By the time she’s back, she will have done her of­fend­ing thing out­side.” His con­tact is skchege@ya­hoo.com.

‘THIEF-MIS’. As de­bate rages on the rev­e­la­tion about the lat­est Sh10 bil­lion scan­dal at the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice, Charles Ki­ilu says, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors need not look too far for an ex­pla­na­tion. Ac­cord­ing to him, it is about the gov­ern­ment’s In­te­grated Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Sys­tem (Ifmis), which the cor­rupt of­fi­cials have been tak­ing ad­van­tage of, thanks to its op­er­a­tional short­com­ings. It’s time, he urges, that a foren­sic au­dit of the sys­tem was car­ried out to plug this new theft av­enue. His con­tact is ki­ilucharles@gmail.com.

Have a fool­proof day, won’t you!

The Nairobi city cen­tre, show­ing KICC and Times Tower.

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