What you need to know:
Deadly rivalry • President Uhuru Kenyatta should stop the conflict in Jubilee before it gets out of hand, says Jimmy Thumbi, on the Murang’a chaos in which two people died. “What started as rivalry between Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions has metamorphosed into a deadly political duel.” He accuses top party officials David Murathe and Raphael Tuju of fuelling the fire. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of kind • Thika Police Division boss Beatrice Kiraguri “is not your typical OCPD”, remarks Joe Ngige Mungai. “In December, she invited locals for a dance and drinks. They freely mingled with the police officers and narrowed the gap. I also know that she has shared her phone number with all and sundry. Isn’t this officer simply ahead of many of her colleagues?” His contact is email@example.com.
Dear power • A year ago, Grace Muraguri applied for electricity in Murang’a and was slapped with a Sh1,564,710 quotation (E25512019120008) yet her plot is 20 metres from a pole. At the Kenya Power office, she was advised to mobilise 10 neighbours. This was not possible. Her review appeal was rejected. “Why is electricity connection so expensive?” Her contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
School reopening • On the reopening of schools, Major (Rtd) Martin Wandahwa accuses experts of “doing us more harm than good with unattainable decrees”. He faults Kenya Medical Association president Were Onyino on his bare minimum of well-equipped dispensaries, doctors and nurses. “Then schools will never reopen. Hospitals don’t even meet that threshold.” His contact is email@example.com.
Pragmatic Pombe • Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, Jim Webo notes, appeared rather reckless with his opposition to the regulations to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic but could just turn out to be the most pragmatic of the East African leaders in dealing with it. “Could his stubborn stance have been informed by his knowledge of science, as he holds a PhD in chemistry?” asks Jim.
Have a scientific day, won’t you!