Treat all tragedies equally

Collapsed buiding, Gatanga, Murang'a

The rumble of the building under construction in Gatanga, Murang'a County which collapsed on December 17, 2021.

Photo credit: Mwangi Muiruri | Nation Media Group

MPs’ fights • Following the ugly scenes in Parliament last week, John T. Mukui wishes the law could provide for a professional boxing referee in the House and the 47 county assemblies. “The fights, though spontaneous, should be governed by common rules and regulations, for example, limited to fisticuffs. A video assistant referee (VAR) could minimise the refereeing errors.” His contact is [email protected]


Double standards • Watching recent rescue efforts in Gatanga, central Kenya, after the collapse of a building and Abimbo, Siaya County, after a goldmine caved in gives the impression that some lives are more important than others, remarks Prof Sam Chege. The government “quickly mobilised resources in Gatanga while the people of Abimbo were abandoned”. His contact [email protected]


Mum Pat • Responding to Githuku Mungai’s query on why Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba is hardly ever in the news, Hillary Sang says it’s simply because he has performed dismally over his two terms. “It has been a wasted 10 years under his leadership. But the polls are nearly here and a chance for voters to get a governor who can move us forward.” His contact is [email protected]


Overcharge • Sibiwasco, a firm that supplies water to rural areas in Siaya, has been issuing high bills, moans Elly Nyaim Opot. He simply can’t understand the rates the company uses. “Unfortunately, the number provided on the bills for contact is either unavailable or never picked up. Can they kindly come out and tell their consumers the real truth?” His contact is [email protected]


Uniformed crooks • At 5am every day, Charles Omondi reports, crooked police officers turn up on Jogoo Road, Nairobi, to collect bribes from city centre-bound matatus. “The men and women, with concealed service numbers under reflective jackets, lie in wait at the Mbotela footbridge, Posta staff quarters stage and Doonholm railway terminus.” His contact is [email protected]

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