The People’s Champion February 10, 2014
Media campaign. If the county police boss Benson Kibue was as quick in dealing with the ever increasing criminal gangs as he is in running to the media to raise the alarm, Nairobi would be a safer place, says Gerald Mwanzia. He accuses Oduma of sitting by as gun-wielding gangs continued to increase and rain terror on innocent hard working residents.
“Oduma and his team now want to turn around and use the media to white wash their failures, pretending that the marauding gangs are an overnight occurrence,” says Mwanzia. Rather than run what he terms as a media campaign, he challenges the police boss to get out of his comfortable office and push his officers to arrest and charge the criminals.
Fallen morals. The thought that the house next door could be a brothel is disturbing and a pointer to just how low our morals have fallen, says Mary Okoth, a mother of three.
“Since reading the bold expose’ by this paper showing how prostitution has infiltrated our estates, I have begun viewing my neighbours suspiciously,” says Mary. Something needs to be done urgently to safeguard the little that is left of our moral fabric, she urges. The parent adds that she is now convinced that the Nyumba Kumi platform, though initially formed to check crime, is the best bet to stem the spread of brothels in estates.
“But for it to work, Nairobians must stop living as though they are islands and mingle with their neighbours,” she says.
Weak network. Dominic Bundi feels let down by Safaricom. He says since he moved into a flat in Donholm, more than six months ago, making a phone call from the comfort of his home has been impossible. The minute he enters his house, on the first floor of a five-storey rental building, his phone registers no network. He points out that not once has he been able to make a phone call from his sofa.
“I am forced to go to the balcony where the signal reception is at least available, albeit weak,” says Bundi. In so doing, he feels there is no difference between him and that Kenyan in the most remote village who has to climb that tree from where network reception is available to make a call.
Parking meters. Musa Aden says, like many other motorists, he has decided to leave his vehicle at home, choosing not to be used to fund the county’s ambitious budget. He argues that there is no justification why he should be forced to part with a flat Sh300 fee just to park his car for at most an hour as he runs his errands.
“This is outright exploitation at the highest level and I am not about to be used as a cash cow,” he says adding, “I am already laden with the myriad taxes I am paying.” Aden appeals to Governor Evans Kidero to introduce parking meters noting that they will not only ensure that motorists pay for what they use, but also keep corrupt parking attendants from fee collection, making every one happy.
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