By Njoroge Kinuthia
Tough talk, strong-arm tactics won’t solve disputes
Teachers country-wide are on strike, paralysing learning in public schools. Registrar doctors at the Kenyatta and Mathari hospitals are on strike, causing widespread suffering among patients.
The Government, determined to solve the problem once and for all, yesterday swung into action with a hammer and suspended 393 striking registrars and interns at the Kenyatta National Hospital. Problem solved!
Mutula Kilonzo should stop talking tough and quickly borrow a leaf from Medical Services minister Anyan’g Nyong’o and sack the striking teachers. That should teach teachers a lesson and end the strike problem.
By pray, why is it so hard for the Government to sit down and talk to workers? Teachers have been shouting about their intention to go on a strike but no one bothered to talk them. The doctors did the same and no one negotiated with them. Must the Government wait to see suffering to act? Even so, we’d like to see whether talking tough and suspending workers will minimise the suffering.
Trail of misery for XTrail owners
Being caught up in standstill traffic on our highways, says Ms Upma Karman, is like being lined up in front of a firing squad – you have no where to run and you will get shot!
Upma and her husband were stuck in such traffic last Thursday evening on the junction Museum Hill Road and Naivasha highway when suddenly out of the semi-darkness emerged two men one on either side of their Nissan XTrail car. The men yanked off the wing mirrors and ran back into the darkness across the highway. “Lots of witnesses, but no one dared get out of their cars, everyone just thanked their lucky stars it was not their car.”
Nissan XTrails have been targeted by goons on this particular spot and Upma claims to know several others that have lost their mirrors. It is not hard to figure why XTrails are being targeted. According to Upma, an XTrail’s wing mirror costs at least Sh25,000.
She wonders why police haven’t arrested the notorious thugs who terrorise motorists on Museum Hill. Further, Upma admonishes motorists to stop buying stolen mirrors as they create a demand and thus encourage the thefts.