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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.


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.


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.


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.


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