There is a new type of crime that should have all of us worried, very worried. Cases of kidnappings have been on the rise especially in Nairobi and Central Kenya.
No one is safe from the criminals and nowhere is safe. Old and young people have fallen victim to the merciless, ransom-seeking outlaws. While some victims have been lucky to come out alive, others have not and they have been found dumped by the roadside, dead.
The latest victims are reported to be a mother and her child who were snatched outside a supermarket in Murang’a. They were kidnapped by a woman driving a saloon car and are yet to be traced.
Encouragingly, a police squad was mooted recently to tackle this menace. We don’t know how much progress they have made so far, but what we know for sure is that cases of abductions are still on the rise.
We know it is not easy to eradicate this crime, but bearing in mind that the criminals use mobile phones to demand ransom it shouldn’t be hard to track and arrest them, Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere. Or is it?
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Long wait for Green Card green light
Joash Omoke Keraro is a very distraught man. He says he won a US Green Card in 2009 (Case NO: AF059110-2009/2010) but the US embassy has frustrated his efforts to reach the Promised Land.
He has now given up on going to America but laments that the embassy has caused him immense financial and psychological damage.
When he won the Green Card, he alleges to have sold his piece of land worth Sh400,000, to process a visa to the land of limitless opportunities ,and to cater for other expenses. He paid Sh65,500 for an interview at the embassy on September 14, 2010. After the interview, the embassy wrote to him with the message: “We will call you”. Two years later, the important call has never come. “Many unsuspecting Kenyans have lost millions of shillings to the embassy... I wonder whether this is a way of milking poor Kenyans to enrich Americans,” he fumes.
He wants the embassy to refund him his interview fees plus other expenses that he incurred and also pay him damages for psychological trauma, arguing that he has no further interest of going to the US due to the “mistreatment” he has received.
Customer wrongly denied his power
Kenya Power has found a new way of demonstrating its power, according to their customer Amos Kimani. Last month, he paid his monthly bill of Sh410 after queuing patiently at their Nyahururu offices.
However, for some unknown reasons, the teller never credited his account number 2392993. When he discovered the mistake he complained and was advised to submit the bill to facilitate the resolution of the hiccup.
No action was taken, says Mr Kimani, as the subsequent bill reflected that he owed the power people Sh410. Further complaints elicited assurances that his power would not be disconnected and that he would not be punished for firm’s mistake.
This pledge, however, came to naught yesterday when his power was disconnected even as a “helpful” officer asked for his account details for the third time.
“What is most painful is that my household has been plunged into darkness at a time power has resumed after four days of unexplained interruption.”
Kimani adds: “KP should tame its errant tellers instead of punishing victims of their employees’ negligence”. He can be reached on 0731493233.
DON’T YOU FORGET
Did Kampala Coach probe assault allegations?
Ms Anne Eboi, a regular traveller to Kigali, Rwanda, wrote to PointBlank on September 6 complaining that she had been mistreated by crew of Kampala Coach Bus Services. Eboi and her friend booked bus (Reg. No. KBN 901F) on September 5 and were to be picked up in Eldoret. However, when the bus arrived, there were no seats reserved for them as agreed. When they asked why, the driver rudely told them that he “wasn’t concerned and they should ask whoever did the booking”. In the ensuing exchange, Eboi said the driver jumped out of the bus, ran after her friend and assaulted her. When her friend went to complain at their office, the bus drove off with her luggage, which was later left in their Bungoma offices. Did the management of Kampala Coach investigate these serious allegations by their customer?
PesaPoint client’s missing cash
On October 26, Mr Winstone Odhiambo claims to have withdrawn Sh2,000 from the Dohnhom PesaPoint at 12.31pm from his CFC Bank, ILH Branch account. Curiously, however, the amount was deducted twice from his account although he only received Sh2,000. He followed up the matter with CFC but the bank insisted that he withdrew the money.
He insists he did not withdraw the extra Sh2,000 and suspects that someone is out to rob him of his hard-earned cash. What’s PesaPoint’s side of the story, Managing Director Richard Coate? Odhiambo’s contact is 0722823219.
Right of Reply
yuMobile customer now back to cyber world
In reference to an article (Yu modem banishes client from cyberspace) in your column on yesterday, yuMobile would like to apologise to Kelly Mwita for the inconvenience caused.
Upon receipt of this complaint, Kelly Mwita was contacted and following trouble-shooting it was detected that the browsing problem he experienced had nothing to do with the modem but was as a result of a faulty line.
This meant that even when the Sim card was replaced the problem still persisted.
However after further technical tests, yuMobile has now resolved the problem and unblocked Kelly’s line. Today he is a happy customer enjoying his unlimited monthly data bundle.
Manager PR & Corporate Liaison
Point of Order
‘Tunawesmake with Peter Kenneth, our ‘Obama’
Forgive him if he is wrong, but Cheruo Levi Cheptora says he sees Barack Obama whenever he looks at Peter Kenneth. He (Kenneth) has charisma, youthfulness, bravery and genuine concern for people’s problems just like the US president, he says and adds that what he has done for the people of Gatanga speaks for itself.
And just like Obama, he says Kenneth is a great orator. “His speech the other day while launching his presidential bid moved many Kenyans.
“He reminded us of respected economies of the world; their architects, and how they realised their cherished dreams.
“For the very first time, I felt proud to be a Kenyan. I saw sense in his rhetoric, I believed every word he said and embraced the fact that they were not only achievable, but very realistic!”
Mr Cheruo urges Kenyans to discard the “destructive desire for tribe, retrogressive, archaic and unhealthy politicking and embrace political sobriety” and give Peter Kenneth a chance to take us where we ought to be as a country. Tunawesmake?
Nairobi Water’s surveyors wanted in Karen estate
Kisembe estate in Karen, reports Alindwa SO, is in the process of applying for water connection from the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company. However, the process is being slowed down by unavailability of a surveyor as NWSC, allegedly has only one at the moment as the others are on leave. Alindwa says he would be most grateful if the NWSC can send the surveyor to their property to speed up the process. His contact is 0717559067.