Loyalty • Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata, who not long ago played a key role in the purge of the Jubilee Party leadership in the House, has had his own credentials questioned following his anti-BBI open letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, remarks Richard Kihara. “I doubt that even his Senate victims will have a soft spot for someone whose loyalty wavers.” His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flights • It’s “ironical and foolish” that while Britain has banned incoming flights over the new Covid-19 variant, Kenya has ruled out such measures, says Joseph Macharia. This, he adds, despite the evidence that it originated there and many countries, including European nations, have stopped British flights. “We should ban flights from the new variant’s epicentre.” His contact is email@example.com.
Barriers • Old habits die hard, remarks Dave Tumbula, amused that police continue to mount roadblocks on the highways to western Kenya and all they do is check if car occupants are wearing face masks and insurance stickers, and drop hints for chai (bribe) before waving them on. “Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, who has never hidden his dislike for roadblocks, should prioritise mobile patrols.”
Noise • Visiting Nyeri County, especially the headquarters, David Maina says, what one instantly experiences is the deafening noise. “The motorbikes have exhaust systems that are too noisy, quite annoying and simply disgusting. I wonder why this noise pollution is not of a concern, especially to the public health authorities,” he concludes. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep safe • Prolific Cutting Edge contributor Carey Yiembe, reflecting on the past year as he settles in the new one, wishes others who share his passion a prosperous future as they continue to highlight the issues that need to be fixed. “It’s good that the column was not quarantined in 2020 despite all the hiccups. Please, keep safe and let’s do it again this year,” urges Carey. His contact is email@example.com.
Have a watchful day, won’t you!