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What can you do with Sh0.5 billion? PointBlank had no idea until last week. With Sh0.5 billion you can build a major hospital, which can benefit the whole country. Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, a donation from the Chinese, which was handed to the Government last Friday cost Sh544 million. It is now the third referral hospital in Kenya after Kenyatta and Moi hospitals. With Sh0.5 billion you can feed 3.5 million people. That’s what Kenyans are hoping to do.

SHAMED

After realising how much Sh0.5 billion means, PointBlank wants some people shamed like ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak who was whisked to court last week on a hospital bed in a cage and charged with murder and corruption.

We are talking about  the corrupt who cause deaths and widespread suffering merely to satiate their greed. Why on earth would a handful people steal Sh4.6 billion from the FPE kitty, for instance? Now that we know what Sh0.5 billion can do, what can’t we do with Sh4.6 billion? Some people are sick and only cages and guillotines can tame them.

Mutua made us donate for the starving

Kenyans have again risen above petty and destructive politics to show the world for the umpteenth time how great a people we truly are by donating Sh500 million to help feed the hungry, notes Andrew Owuor. “This shows that deep down, we are one and we love each other to a fault,” he says.

Owuor, however, argues that Government Spokesman  Alfred Mutua has motivated Kenyans to donate massively to aid the hungry.  “I am tempted to believe that part of why we all went out for our fellow countrymen dying from hunger was the anger from what (we thought) the Government Mutua said

“I sent money to the initiative because I thought if the Government wants to wait for people to die, I should help just save one life even if for a day, so that the list of  deaths sent to Mutua might be shorter,” he says. “Every cloud has a silver lining. Because of our anger towards his statement, whether the media added a pinch or a sack of salt to it, we gave. Now what is left is a heartfelt apology over pages like ‘I hate Alfred Mutua’ on Facebook,” he says.

For this (un)intentional spin which made us so generous, PointBlank ‘likes’ Mutua.

A whiff of toxic air in Nakuru

Nakuru is a very important town, says Ms Hilda Cheshari. It is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, thanks to the flamingoes of Lake Nakuru. It also hosts a highway that joins several regions especially Nyanza, Western and parts of Rift Valley.

As such it should have a clean reputation at all times. But that is not the case. The town that was once touted as being the cleanest in East Africa is sinking under the weight of garbage.

Cheshari says a dumpsite along the Nakuru-Eldamaravine Road is particularly an eyesore. “The area is littered with solid waste products that normally produce an unpleasant smell. On a windy day, it is common to see paper bags flying all over,” she says. Never mind there is a primary school a stone-throw away.

Unimaginable

“The insidious waste is uncomfortable to travellers who only experience it for a few minutes. It is unimaginable the extent of damage it may cause the young ones who have to contend with the smell the whole day,” she says.

Is the Municipal Council of Nakuru savouring the odour from this garbage dump, Town Clerk, Kaio Mbulusi?

Thugs who are easy to corner

Residents of Dagoretti Corner, Nairobi are becoming increasingly concerned by the worsening security situation in the area, writes Mr Thomas Okumu. He says the daring muggers and carjackers operate with abandon even as early as 6pm. The criminals are well known and spend the day drinking cheap liquor in small pubs only to strike in the evening. And come end month, the thugs  switch off streetlights in preparation for a bumper harvest. “The Government should build a police station in the area. But before that, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere should step up patrols in the estate,” he urges.

DON’T YOU FORGET

Wall of silence sorrounds question on Thika Road

On July 19, Mr Charles Wambugu wrote to PointBlank expressing his excitement at the ongoing construction of the Thika superhighway.

However, Wambugu said he had noticed a major weakness in the construction of bund-walling – the raised one-foot  wall which marks the width of the road.

“The Chinese firms seem to have outsourced the task to Kenyan firms which was a good idea. However, the blocks are being dislodged by motorists who are notorious for overlapping over the kerb,” he said. He argued that ‘there is no way’ a smooth block of pre-cast stone can firmly hold onto a hard surface and asked the PS, Ministry of Roads, Eng. Michael Kamau to explain why the bund-walling work was being done shoddily. Wambugu is still waiting for an answer.

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Co-op Bank rolling out low denomination ATMs

Thanks for pointing out to us the need to provide lower denomination currency on our bank’s ATMs in Konoin.

We had established the need for providing lower denomination currency in our ATMs and implementation is ongoing.

 As of June 18, we had  completed this project in ATMs in the entire of Rift Valley and western Kenya and we are implementing the same in Nairobi, Central, Eastern, Coast and North Eastern regions

In addition to this, we have established Co-operative Banks’ Co-op Kwa Jirani  Agents across the country and customers can now use these outlets for additional convenience.

The Co-op Kwa Jirani agents will serve customers over the counter and therefore all currency denominations will be available. Please thank Mr Leonard Kirui on our behalf for raising this issue.

  Ngumo Kahiga,

Chief Manager Marketing and PR,

Co-operative Bank of Kenya