By Njoroge Kinuthia
Education minister Mutula Kilonzo has been caught up in a mini-storm this past week, under fire from parents who believe he is out to miseducate their children. Mutula, who is not about to skirt the issue, is yet to successfully wriggle out of the conflagration but insists there is nothing to apologise about as he never said what he is alleged to have said.
Nevertheless, PointBlank and nuns still want an apology, perhaps not from Mutula, but from the person who dragged nuns into the shamefully skimpy issue of miniskirts. Pray, what have nuns got to do with it?
Away from miniskirts, Mutula has made a pronouncement that has made parents happy. His tough talk on holiday tuition is laudable. The minister has correctly noted that holiday tuition is a burden to both parents and pupils and warned that teachers who engage in the practice would be prosecuted.
Notably, previous holders of Mutula’s docket have failed to deter the thriving holiday tuition business. We hope Mutula has got muscle to root out this malaise once and for all.
Very good road angers residents
The Minister for Roads deserves a pat on the back for heeding public’s calls, through PointBlank, and recarpeting the Kisumu-Busia highway. The highway, reveals Mr Peter Amos Mzee, is now very smooth and this is attested by the dizzying speeds at which some motorists are cruising the once pot-holed road. But, besides the motorists, not everyone is happy.
Barely one month since the road was completed, Mzee reports that the number of road accidents on the highway have risen drastically.
Mr Mzee says there is an obvious need for bumps to slow down the speed maniacs especially on the Darajambili and Chulaimbo stretch. Unfortunately, pleas by residents to the ministry for bumps seem to have landed on deaf ears.
Meanwhile, Utawala residents, says Francis Wanjohi, are very happy with the Government for building the Northern bypass. However, they are disappointed because the road has no pedestrian footbridges.