Town Clerk losing magic touch
Either City Council of Nairobi Town Clerk Philip Kisia is losing the zeal with which he took office or some people are out to sabotage him, suggests Mr Leonard Juma.
To prove his point, he claims that despite media reports and residents’ complaints, the council has not bothered to repair burst sewers near the Globe Cinema Roundabout and Ronald Ngala Street, next to Nairobi River, for two months.
And there is no ringing endorsement from Mr Moses Odhiambo who says the sanitation condition in city estates is appalling and one may even think there is no council.
"For example, in California Estate sewage is flowing all over and there are chances it could mix with the clean water used for domestic purposes. And in Eastleigh the roads are pathetic, crippling transport," he says.
He suggests that instead of dealing with ‘minor’ offences like arresting those who spit or blow their noses, the council should deal with "weighty issues".
"Why can’t the council channel resources and time to tackle the urgent and life threatening situation in California and Eastleigh before heavy rains start in earnest?" he asks Mr Kisia.
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