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DISGRACEFUL MPS: Disappointed with the utterly disgraceful and disgusting behaviour, poor conduct and lacklustre performance by the majority of the current crop of MPs, David Ngumi says that if he had his way, all of them could be thrown out and a fresh General Election held to pick more able representatives of the people in the National Assembly. Noting that the cost element is, of course, crucial, David still believes that it will in the long run be worth it. “This time a round, who knows, we might just be lucky to have a new lot that does not resemble the current group.” His contact is [email protected]

LET MERIT COUNT: As the Form One selection of the successful 2018 KCPE candidates begins in earnest soon, Martin Waigwe, a Murang’a schoolteacher, hopes that the Education officials involved in this very important national exercise will ensure that the job is done with a high level of transparency. Says he: “Let the allocations for the national, county and other schools be based purely on merit, affirmative action, equity and the learners’ choices. This will ensure that the candidates are not heartbroken and frustrated as join high school. Let the students savour the fruits of their hard work in primary school by admitting them to the secondary schools of their choice and ability.” His contact is [email protected]

DEADLY OMISSION: Though impressed with the quality of work done by SBI, the company that constructed the Kisumu–Kericho-Mau Summit highway, Charles Jowi says there is a little omission that takes a bit of the gloss off. The firm, he adds, did not provide for a safe turn-off at the Mowlem area in Kisumu Town. “What is there is a murrum-filled and dangerous 10-metre high descent. Many accidents occur here almost daily,” moans Charles, who wants the contractor recalled to rectify this anomaly, hoping that the Kenya National Highways Authority will follow up and ensure this is done. His contact is [email protected]

CEO’S PLEDGE: Responding to the numerous recent complaints by residents about the apparently never-ending water shortages in the various Lang’ata estates, Nairobi Water Company CEO Nahashon Muguna says that the company is already “rationalising the water supply between Kibra and Lang’ata constituencies”. He adds: “We have moved into Kibera to lay more pipes there to be able to control the amount of water going to Kibra and the Lang’ata estates.” The work, the CEO assures consumers will take between 10 and 15 days, from November 26, and after this is completed, the normal water rationing programme for the Lang’ata estates will be resumed. The company’s contact is [email protected]

WHAT OFFENCE? At 5pm, on November 27, Anthony Nderitu says, he was flagged down by a policeman on the Thika-Garissa highway, who immediately asked for his driving licence, before forcefully entering his car. The officer then ordered him to drive to the nearby Makongeni Police Station. On asking what offence he had committed, the traffic policeman said it was because he was driving an ex-government vehicle, though it has a new registration number. Though he was later released, Anthony asks: “What is wrong with driving an ex-GK, which was lawfully bought and registered.” His contact is [email protected]

OIL DISCOVERY: How come African oil is rarely ever discovered by Africans themselves? wonders university don X. N. Iraki. He adds: “Who discovered Kenya’s oil? This makes me suspect that the ‘discoverers’ probably knew that the oil was always there. The timing of the discovery, just when diesel and petrol engines are being replaced with the electric systems being pioneered by Tesla, means that oil will no longer be a curse, as its strategic significance is now going down. The curse, however, might be that Africa will not make money from its newly discovered oil wells!” His contact is [email protected]

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