Covid-19: Medical staff have done a commendable job

What you need to know:

  • The county funds standoff could erode the gains.

Funds • Medical staff, Bimal Shah says, deserve kudos for helping to curb the spread of Covid-19. This is laudable as, “in many developed and middle-level countries, the pandemic has had a big toll”. But he’s worried the county funds standoff could erode the gains. “Treasury should release 30 per cent of past allocations to counties until Senators agree on the new formula.” His contact is [email protected]

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Wrong sign • How about this for sloppiness? Mahesh Raicha says the funniest thing while travelling from Kisumu to Kakamega is to come across a mileage sign indicating that the former is seven kilometres ahead. “You will see other signs stating the distance to Kisumu as you drive away from it. What a shame that we have to put up with this nonsense!” His contact is [email protected]

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Betting site • Radio has been turned into a betting site, moans Jimmy Thumbi, alarmed at the amount of time presenters devote to this. “Turning on the radio these days, you will notice presenters have become bet masters. They do not stop speaking about money, as they entice people to bet. Radio, as we knew it, was a tool to inform, educate or entertain.” His contact is [email protected]

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Bribery • Old habits die hard, notes Jim Webo, amused at the antics of traffic police on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway, who won’t give up the easy money at roadblocks. “At Salgaa, there is a big team which is not interested in ensuring smooth traffic flow but identifying those they can extort cash from.” At the weekend, he adds, motorists were stopped and accused of minor offences.

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Language • Watching Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o give his acceptance speech in Gikuyu on receiving the Catalonia International Prize, Kamau Gatwechi couldn’t help thinking about “our sportsmen and women who always struggle with English”. He hopes they will speak in Kiswahili or mother tongue on winning races so that organisers find translators. His contact is [email protected]     


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