Emails from correspondents
ANGER CULTURE: Kaltum Guyo raised a very pertinent issue in her article, Job opening: Cabinet Secretary for Anger Management, Kenya (DN, May 14). If there is one big lesson that the 2007 post-election chaos taught us, it’s the need to change our violent culture. But that largely remains in place because there are people who profit from chaos. Anger is also partly the reason why some of our young people join terrorist groups. I hope Ms Guyo’s article will jolt the nation into taking corrective measures.
HASSAN MALIK MOHAMED, Garissa.
DETAINEES’ RIGHTS: Police officers have perfected the habit of carrying suspects in car boots despite this being a traffic offence. Videos showing that have often been circulated. Even the dreaded hardcore prisoners are transported in special buses with seatbelts, thanks to former Vice-president Moody Awori’s prison reforms. Arrested persons are supposed to be transported safely seated between two police officers, just in case of an accident.
ROBERT MUSAMALI, Nairobi.
TACKLING RAPE: The story, Where rape survivors fight for justice (DN, May 14) should be a wake-up call to all right-thinking Kenyans. Gone are the days when rape cases were not reported to the authorities and, therefore, solved “amicably”. Rape victims suffer the pain of stigma and discrimination by their relatives and the society. The organisations that rehabilitate the victims should be applauded and given the right support by the government and the society, in general, for their exemplary job.
BONNY MUTAI, Kericho.
PAINTING DIRECTIVE: The recent directive by the Mombasa County government for all buildings to be painted white and blue has largely been ignored. Very few landlords have complied, risking being sued. The directive lacked basis and consultation. Some buildings are in corporate colours or other distinct styles. The county should instead act on the many dilapidated structures and those built in contravention of the zoning and building regulations.
KINYUA THUKU, Mombasa.
LEARNING CURVE: Waithaka Waihenya, the former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) boss, is a widely read man. A few weeks ago, he started writing in the Saturday Nation. He writes in English that an above-average Kenyan can understand. However, he at times throws in a word that puts one off-balance. Last week, he used the word “quiddity”. The article looked at the person as an individual with his likes. I looked up the word; it means the quality that makes a thing what it is.
GITHUKU MUNGAI, Nairobi.