Al Shabaab puts up brave face even as danger knocks
SEE ALSO :Kenya shuts border with Somalia in LamuWell, running away or firmly holding on is Al Shabaab’s choice to make, but my crystal ball tells me that Kismayu’s fall is indeed imminent. Car owners discard ‘ugly’ plates There is an illegal practice among some motorists that needs to be checked quickly. The practice, says Mr Tom Arody, is spreading fast among youthful car owners and began with a few politicians. This breed of drivers don’t like the look of the local number plates. Some of the motorists place the number plates on the dash boards and drive with the foreign number plates the cars were imported with. “Usually, the drivers lie to the police that they are on the way to have the plates fixed,” Mr Arody reveals.Another group has the number plates (usually the front ones) completely removed from the vehicle as they drive in the city. [email protected] Mr Benjamin Anambo, a resident of Luanda, swears that Kenya Power’s power has a water phobia. Every time it rains, power automatically goes off in Luanda. “How do the rains interfere with power?” he asks. Mr Anambo has a bright idea which he wants to sell to Kenya Power that can help minimise siphoning of transformer oil: Electric fencing. If the company would like to know how electric fences work and how they are erected, Anambo’s e-mail is [email protected] DON’T YOU FORGET
SEE ALSO :Garissa university massacre revisitedDid Kericho council stop cemetery trespassers? Kericho resident Christopher Kamaina wrote to PointBlank on October 20, last year complaining that the Kericho Municipal Council cemetery had been turned into a ‘haven of immorality’. Kamaina claimed that there is adequate evidence that ‘immorality’ was going on in the cemetery. Used condoms, he claimed, were scattered all over the cemetery. And that isn’t all. Drug users have a perfect hideout in the cemetery and robbers lurk in the shadows at night waiting for their prey. Herders also find the unfenced graveyard a perfect grazing field and some Kericho residents “jump from grave to grave on their way home”. Did the council end this insult of the dead? Blot on beautiful Thika highway There is no doubt that the Thika Superhighway is in a class of its own. It is a beautiful road that all Kenyans are proud of, says Morgan Njoroge. However, Mr Njoroge has been angered by some money-hungry entrepreneurs who have been desecrating the architectural masterpiece with obscene advertisements. “There are posters advertising a certain strip joint. The posters have a picture of an almost naked woman wearing a G-string.” Njoroge’s question: “Can’t the council or Nema take action on these greedy pub owners who dirtify roads and other public places with obscenity?” Right of Reply
Student looking at issues from ‘narrow perspectives’ Though not authorised to speak on behalf of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, I would like to pose the following two questions to Mathias Philip who complained about Sh2,000 medical fee in the university fee structure on Wednesday. In the event Mathias collapses within the precincts of the university, will the university call his health insurance or will it act to provide some services and involve his insurance later? In the event that he being a student at the university and an issue or a case is brought to the attention of the university, will the university not act in one way or the other? Where will the vote for that expense come from? From my understanding of the issue, this fee should be charged to all the students as a university community. Parallel to this, since Mathias has a national identification card, why does he need the university identification card? Why does he need a bank plate for his bank account? Being a masters student he should delve into issues critically, offer solutions and contribute to development rather than looking at issues from narrow perspectives. Mathias should not consider the issue from the face value of it. The Sh2,000 is key in offering university services and therefore this levy is necessary. With regard to sitting of the University examinations, Mathias should look at the university fee payment policy with regard to sitting of examinations. This is a personal opinion and it is in no way the position of the university. And for the purpose of this, I would not wish that my name and position within the university be identified. Concerned staff, JKUAT Gitweku village should pay first, then demand power Ms Susan Wanjiku wrote on Wednesday regarding their application for power at Gitweku in Kangema. First and foremost, it is important to dispel the impression created that Kenya Power may ignore any Kenyan requiring connection to the grid. We are in the business of selling power and hence we have a great need to connect many Kenyans. Connection, however, comes at a cost and the case of Susan and the group is no different. They have a quotation from the company spelling how much they need to pay in order for the necessary infrastructure to be constructed. Migwi Theuri, Deputy Manager, Corporate Communications,
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