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GENDER DEBATE. During the campaigns for the referendum on the 2010 Constitution, James Muthui Nderitu recalls, the general consensus was that it should be passed and a few sections that some had misgivings about would be amended later. One, he adds, was the two-thirds gender rule on elective and nominated seats. ”Getting rid of this one will save our country billions of shillings. The majority of voters are women and they have a constitutional right to elect whoever they deem fit. We should not be forced to nominate extra women just to satisfy the wishes of some Western nations!” His contact is [email protected]

PROTOCOL. Though congratulating the Kenya National Examinations Council and the Education ministry that ensured that the 2018 KCPE exam was marked in record time and the results released promptly, Richard Oketch Aoko cannot help faulting the procedure. Says he: ”A look at the protocol during the release of the exam results leaves a lot to be desired. The Knec chief executive, who was supposed to explain the technical aspects and give the analysis of the results, left this important task to Education CS Amina Mohamed. The CS should only receive the results and issue policy statements.” His contact is [email protected]

GOOD NEWS. A poor neighbourhood on Nairobi’s western periphery, Gachie Village is for once basking in the glory of perhaps its best news in many years, the excellent performance in the 2018 KCPE exam of one of the young residents, reports Mathews Gatangia. Notorious for crimes and illicit liquor, Gachie is now featuring among the top, with a student at Wisdompot School (what a name!) having emerged among the best nationally, by scoring a tidy 420 marks out of 500 marks. ”Kudos to Gachie, for once!” says Mathews, whose contact is [email protected]

BLOOD MONEY. A hospital in Nairobi, Willis Aguko claims, shortchanged him, and he’s not amused. After his son was on November 16 admitted for lack of sufficient blood, he was informed he needed three pints of blood. One would be provided by the hospital and two donated relatives or friends. “I donated one, and a friend another pint. By the following morning, the boy had been given only one pint. By evening, no more blood had been transfused. I demanded his discharge the same day. I was then charged for three pints of blood. I complained and was told it was not possible to reverse. They owe me blood and an apology.” For the details, his contact is [email protected]

INSECURITY. The border dispute between Nandi and Kisumu counties has become perpetual, remarks Prof Chris Macoloo, adding that it got worse during the ethnic clashes in the early 1990s instigated by the opponents of multi-party politics. He is, however, upset that “this unfortunate event recurs”. He cites the recent killing of the farm manager of a retired judge. The administration, he adds, has failed to take decisive action to get to the root of the problem, only to resort to knee-jerk reaction whenever clashes erupt. ”Convening talks between leaders from the rival counties after lives have been lost and property damaged is as archaic as it is useless.” His contact is [email protected]

Have a peaceful day, won’t you!

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