A very interesting debate has been going on in and outside Parliament. It is about a Bill that seeks to amend the Parties and Elections Acts, which suggests that aspirants for political office must hold university degrees.
Must they? If anyone needs PointBlank’s opinion, the answer is yes. Bunge is an important place, it’s the place where laws that guide our day to day lives are made. The country ought to be peopled by some of the sharpest brains our country can afford. It would be a lie to argue, as some have, that education is not important in this respect.
But every political aspirant must have a second and compulsory degree; a degree of honesty and integrity. This is the most important degree, which most MPs even those with degree certificates, don’t possess. That is why some of them steal public money without an iota of shame. That’s why they brazenly increase their salaries without considering the plight of poor taxpayers. That’s why they accept bribes and support questionable motions. No, a degree of honesty must come before degree certificates.
Honour Audi’s Toyota accord, Concord
Mr Allan Audi’s car (Toyota Corolla) was involved in a crash last year. Fortunately, he had taken a comprehensive insurance cover with Concord Insurance.
As the car was written off, the insurance firm promised that it would pay Sh370,000 after deducting Sh15,000 ‘excess’.
But Audi says that one year down the line, the company is yet to compensate him.
“I have pursued this payment without success. I can’t even recall the number of trips I have made to Concord offices.” Audi adds that he has reported the matter to IRA and even to his MP Jakoyo Midiwo, “but it seems nothing is forthcoming”.
The company, however at one point, made a commitment that the compensation would be made without fail by June 18. Sadly, the date came and went but the firm is yet to honour its pledge.
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