This can only come from a people who are out of touch with reality and a Government that is clearly out of touch with the reality on the ground.
There is little doubt that ours is a Government of action, one that is very good at keeping its word. The Government has actually gone ahead and actualised its threats to suspend striking nurses. On Monday, Prof Anyangf Nyongfofs foot soldiers turned away nurses who reported back to work after they were asked to do so by their union. Their managers allegedly asked them where they had been and asked them to explain in writing in seven days (seven days!) time. The nurses have been on strike, donft these managers read newspapers?
So the Government has given nurses another one week eholidayf while poor Kenyans continue to die from treatable ailments, so that it can teach them a lesson? Kenyans are not fools. nurses may be guilty of neglecting patients, but we know Government is equally guilty.
The Ministry of Health should spare us this ego trip, eat humble pie and recall the nurses.
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Letter from voter to Kigumo MP
Dear Hon Jamleck Kamau,
I hope this missive finds you in good cheer. Sadly, as I write this I am at a garage fixing the suspension of my car courtesy of a trip I made home last Saturday. You might be wondering what befell me mheshimiwa. Well, blame my woes on the poor state of the Saba Saba-Gakuyu-Kandiri road.
If you can recall, one and-a-half years ago, this road was repaired. However, from the word go, it was clear the contractor was taking short-cuts. Today the road is totally dilapidated.
We are expecting rains any time now, which means that those who come from this side wonft be able to go home unless they use helicopters or cars as big as yours, which CDF money cannot afford to buy.
But I know that CDF can make this road slightly motorable before the onset of the rains. I also know that you have the power to give us a better road if you raise your voice in Bunge. Finally, I would like to remind you that my voterfs card is still intact, just in case you are still interested.
Simon G Wanyoike,
Ndonga village, Kigumo
Impoverished in matter of hours
An American citizen whofs married to a Kenyan and has been living at the Coast for six years is in shock after his money was mysteriously withdrawn from his Equity Bank account.
Gletsa Sellers-Mwatumba claims Sh81,000 was stolen from his account between January 27 and 28.
The money was stolen through five withdrawals of between Sh5,000 and 20,000 from various Kenya Commercial Bank ATMs. Equity allegedly accused him of being negligent with his card and giving his pin number to someone else, which Gletsa vehemently refutes and terms as "absolutely absurd".
He was referred to the Central Bankfs Banking Fraud Division, but received no help besides being told that this type of crime was common. CBK also allegedly said that their "hands were tired", and could not carry out further investigation.
He says he has been informed that there is no way to track those who stole the money as there were no CCTV cameras where the money was withdrawn. Gletsa says he is "totally frustrated" and wants Equity Bank to refund his money, plus interest. He can be reached at [email protected]
Fee threatens school activity
Mr Manasses Owiti has an urgent appeal to the Minister for Education. He wants Prof Sam Ongeri to save parents in Nyando District from what he terms as overt exploitation by education officials. Owiti claims the District Education Officer, in cahoots with other stakeholders, has increased activity fee from Sh35 to Sh100 without consulting the parents.
"Worse still the head teachers have firm instructions from the DEO not to allow pupils who have not paid this fee in class," he claims. The end result, Prof Ongeri, is that pupils are being forced to waste a lot of time and parents are heavily burdened.
DONfT YOU FORGET
Why has Kangundo been forgotten?
On February 14, Ruai resident Lucas Kimanthi wrote to PointBlank complaining that Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu and his Kangundo counterpart Johnstone Muthama and Kenya Urban Roads Board were not concerned by the poor state of Kangundo Road. The road, he said, was a daily nightmare for motorists, particularly the stretch from Outering Road to Kayole Junction.
"Commuters have to contend with longer hours on the road and their heads being banged against the roof as matatus hit the craters," he claimed.
The rough stretch, he added, was also a favourite hunting ground for criminals especially at night when they targeted slow-moving vehicles. Why is this road in this state Roads minister, Franklin Bett? Havenft the two MPs raised the matter with your good office yet?