Kenya is once again bruised and bleeding. Monday’s explosion at Assanands House in Nairobi has left Kenyans wondering whether the Government indeed has the ability to protect them from Al Shabaab. Of course, that’s good news for the terrorists for that’s exactly what they would like to hear.
To give the devil his due, police have done a good job and, as Commissioner Mathew Iteere has said, have arrested most of the suspects involved in recent terrorist attacks.
However, closing the stable door after the horse has bolted has never been good enough. Police must actively strive to prevent attacks from being executed. Of course Internal Security minister George Saitoti has told us that a lot of that has been done in the recent past. PointBlank, however, isn’t convinced.
Today you can carry a lorry on your back and no policeman will stop you. Unlike before, rarely do police officers frisk pedestrians or check their luggage. In any case, police seem to have become fewer and far apart in our streets today.
Safaricom’s endless love for mama
While he does love his mother, Safaricom customer G Wanyoike (0722286852) is accusing the firm of stretching the love a bit too far.
On Mother’s Day, Wanyoike’s friend advised him to show his mother some love by requesting a “lovely message” for only Sh10 via 5004. And as he has never been apt at crafting love messages, he bought the idea and made the request and immediately received a love poem. His mother, he claims, proudly boasted to her peers that her son was a poetry genius.
What Wanyoike didn’t know however was that Mother’s Day was a daily event for Safaricom. He claims every time he tops up, Sh10 is deducted immediately without his consent. His mother, tired of his lovely messages, told him to do other things besides “penning poems”.
He recently stopped crediting his line for days hoping that this would deter the poems people. But, when he later topped up with Sh50, he instantly received five messages and, well, lost all his credit.
He now says he is confused, Mr Bob Collymore, and the only thing that’s on his mind is “to ship out to a network that doesn’t have 5004”.
Long wait for Trans National card
Trans National Bank customer David Ombasa now says he is contemplating his next move because the bank is taking eons to process his new ATM card. Mr Ombasa applied for replacement of the card in early March after it expired in February.