Last Friday, PointBlank followed the proceedings of the launch of Southern bypass project with immense interest. During the ceremony, President Kibaki, the PM and other dignitaries present talked of the good relations between us and China. Chinese envoy, Liu Guangyuan also underscored the need to cement these friendship. Sadly, however, it appears that this friendship only applies at inter-state level. News that a Kenyan trader was neglected to death after she fell sick while on a visit to China is shocking.
Agnes Maureen Moraa reported to have been denied treatment by three different hospitals because it "was at night". Kenyans read discrimination in the entire saga.
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Considering its history of fighting oppression, this incident should make China bow its head in shame. PointBlank demands an official apology from the Chinese government, on behalf of Kenyans. And if China really values its friendship with Kenya, it should carry out exhaustive investigations and punish the culprits.
Danger looms as workers pass the buck
Kenya Power has failed the family of Reuben Muraya of Wahundura Village, Mathioya (KPLC A/C 2051710-01), according to Chris, a member of the family. Chris reports that an electric pole in their compound is about to fall. KP employees in Nyeri and Othaya have done nothing to repair the damage.
But workers from Othaya office have visited the home several times and agreed that the pole was dangerously rotten and needed replacement – by their Nyeri counterparts. "This has gone on for over one year. With three visits by the Othaya staff, it has now become a blame game between Othaya and Nyeri," says Chris.
Meanwhile, he says the pole remains unchanged, lose like a decayed tooth and with the windy long rains in the horizon, may tumble and cause disaster. "I am sure if this happens, KP will rush to change the pole. We only pray that no lives will be lost as a result." He wants Eng Joseph Njoroge, the managing director, to take up the matter as his officers in Nyeri and Othaya are busy courting disaster by shirking duty and passing the buck. Chris can be reached at [email protected]
We’ve bones to pick with Baus too
Commenting on Everlyne Okumu’s article on March 31 (Baus spectacular optical illusion) and the firm’s subsequent response, Alicia Wanjiru claims to have gone through similar tribulations in the hands of Baus Optical staff.
She claims to have gone to Baus Nakuru offices after her eye-glasses got broken last year. She was charged Sh6,500 for new ones.
When she received the glasses, she noted some defects, which she wanted corrected. Wanjiru was informed her tests had gone missing and that the doctor wanted new ones done which would cost her Sh4,000. "I was shocked beyond words, but I swallowed the bitter pill and paid for other spectacles ... but it was worse. They sent me ordinary shades and when I complained was told to visit their Nairobi branch." Her email is [email protected]
Another Baus client Ms Verlery Nagila also claims that Mrs Okumu’s story "sounded exactly like what happened to me" two years ago. She claims to have ordered spectacles in Nairobi only to be told that her tests had been misplaced in their busy workshop. Her contact is [email protected]
Life-long learning for Nyambane?
Walter Mong'are, head of Radio at KBC was reported in The Standards MondayBlues of March 19 dismissing allegations that he is a school drop out. He said his studies at Kenyatta University were cut short but he appealed and was reinstated in 2005. Advocate Gachiengo Gitau, however, thinks it is absurd for Mong’are to be still in class having resumed in 2005. "That is almost eight years for a someone who was supposed to finish only a few fourth year units, he says and adds: "What is this guy studying? Space comedy? Even with the excuse of being an employee, it still a long time! He should be winding up his PhD".
DON’T YOU FORGET
What became of youth officers dues, Mr Juma?
Youth officers in the Rift Valley Province wrote to PointBlank on February 7, complaining that they had not been paid a penny for about a year.
The officers, 60 of them, claimed that they had not received their allowances for the past 10 months.
They revealed that only officers from Rift Valley had not been remunerated and accused the Youth Enterprise Fund of sidelining them.
"It beats logic and fairness when the officers managing the fund on the ground are taken for a ride months in months out," they said.
Just why won’t you pay these hardworking officers their monthly Sh10,000 or are they supposed to work as unpaid volunteers, Mr Mwatata Juma Mwangala, chief executive, Youth Enterprise Fund?