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Why Kenya's best hideout for most hideous fugitives

FACT CHECK
By | March 6th 2012

By Njoroge Kinuthia

Why Kenya’s best hideout for most hideous fugitives

Well, good people, we seem to be hosting yet another of our usual visitors—the kind who leave us with egg on our faces. This time, it has been rumoured, our guest comes from Zimbabwe and he is the kind of person that even President Robert Mugabe believes deserves a place behind bars.

According to the Africa Legal Brief, the guest is a "flamboyant businessman" by the name of Frank Buyanga who is being investigated for fraud, forgery and money laundering. Mr Buyanga is believed to be hiding in Kenya under an assumed identity.

Fresh memories

Notably, barely two weeks ago Kenya was forced to fight off allegations by Zambia that Henry Banda, fugitive son of ex-President Rupia Banda was hiding in the country.

Just why are we so attractive to international fugitives? With the world insisting that Rwanda genocide suspect FÈlicien Kabuga is safe and sound in the country and with memories still fresh on how we treated the ‘Artur brothers’ like VIPs, PointBlank thinks Kenya is the first destination of choice for any level-headed outlaw on the run.

Blame Labour ministry for road crashes

Matatu driver Joseph Ndiritu has been very vocal on matters concerning road safety. Following weekend deaths of nine students in a road crash in Bungoma, Mr Ndiritu wonders like most us whether carnage will ever end on our roads.

One of the ways of driving down road deaths, he says, is to ensure that Michuki rules don’t perish with his demise.

With the Michuki rules in place, Ndiritu says the ministry that now deserves blame for the continuous bloodletting on our roads is the Ministry of Labour.

"The reason why I blame the Ministry of Labour for road crashes is because matatu’s don’t kill, but fatigue does," he explains. Ndiritu says PSV drivers work for long hours in under very deplorable conditions leading to numerous accidents and lose of lives. He claims the only language that matatu owners understand is that of money and they never care how long or fatigued drivers are.

"If you dare complain, you find yourself jobless and tarmacking," he says. He wants the Ministry of Labour to wake up and ensure drivers work only for the stipulated hours. What says you, Mr John Munyes, Minister for Labour? NJ

Impeding flood of water and tears

Unlike many Kenyans, South C resident E Ndichu is not ecstatic about the expected long rains. Mr Ndichu claims the rains will herald a long nightmare for residents of the estate. Indeed, his fears are not unfounded as the roads in the area are in a state of disrepair and drainages have been clogged up. "What is going to happen," he predicts with certainity, "is that we will be flooded again".

Furthermore, motorists will have a hard time as the road from Kenya Water Institute to Five Star Estate, which was recarpeted only two years ago, now has huge craters. Whenever it rains, Ndichu claims a huge lake forms near the Institute and motorists use Mufulu Avenue to avoid getting stuck. Mufulu Avenue, he reports, has been sealed off by by way of security gates.

Energetic askaris

Ndichu wants Town Clerk Philip Kisia to tell him whether this gate has blessings of Nairobi City Council. If not he wants Mr Kisia to send some energetic askaris to bring it down.

Ndichu also wants to inform the Town Clerk that the estate being "built on the main sewer" that he allegedly ordered brought down is still being constructed with speed.ROGE KI

Equity’s unequal Rongo partnersNUT

Equity Bank account holder Mike Jarongo wonders whether the ‘listening and caring partner’ cares a hoot about its customers in Rongo. Jarongo reports that his as his caring partner is yet to erect an automated cash machine in Rongo, caring customers are forced to travel to Kisii town to withdraw cash. "What is annoying is that after queing for one hour, you find all the four ATMs not working work and no one is present to explain why," he laments. "Can CEO James Mwangi ensure that we have an ATM in Rongo?" he asks. Jarongo can be reached at [email protected]

DON’T YOU FORGET

Did you probe allegations of caning, Prof Ongeri?

On October 5 and 6, PoinBlank carried complaints of alleged use of corporal punishment in schools. The parent of a student at Igunga Girls High School in western Kenya alleged that his daughter was sent home after being "thoroughly whipped" by her teachers. A parent of a student at New Light Senior Girls in Nairobi complained the next day that her daughter had too been caned and sent home by teachers. PointBlank requested Education minister Sam Ongeri to investigate the allegations and, if possible, inform Kenyans about the prevalence of corporal punishment in our schools and what he was doing to curb the practice. We are still waiting, Prof Ongeri.

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