What you need to know:
- The clamour for the presidency by the big ethnic groups is the source of intense rivalry and violence in elections, says Opiyo Oduwo.
- Photos of the three Kamiti prison escapees suggest they were poorly fed, notes X. N. Iraki.
Rotation • The clamour for the presidency by the big ethnic groups is the source of intense rivalry and violence in elections, remarks Opiyo Oduwo. “Tanzania has had six presidents since independence six decades ago from different communities. In that period, Kenya has had four presidents from only two. Let’s have a rotational system to reduce tribal competition.” His contact is [email protected].
War on terror • Terrorism poses a major threat to the world at large, moans F. Mukembu. The time, he strongly believes, has come for the East African Community (EAC) to take the fight against terrorism as one of its major responsibilities. “The recent suicide bomb attacks in Kampala should be a wake-up call to the entire EAC. Everybody must play their part.” His contact is [email protected].
Bad roads • Access roads in the densely populated Witeithie Estate “must be the worst maintained in Kiambu County, if not the whole country”, says George Mburu. Governor James Nyoro and Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina, he appeals, should see the need to urgently come to the rescue of the suffering residents before the roads become totally impassable. His contact is [email protected].
Sacco circle • A member of matatu saccos Nileperch and UK, in Kisumu, for over two years, Willis Aguko says it does not make business sense at all. During this period, he moans, no dividend has been paid on his shares yet they charge interest on loans and levy other penalties. “Are these saccos ever audited? Does the government monitor the running of matatu saccos? His contact [email protected].
Thin inmates • Photos of the three Kamiti prison escapees suggest they were poorly fed, notes X. N. Iraki. “They look emaciated. While I don’t expect 5-star treatment of convicts, some basic diet would be in order for any human being. And a movie on how they escaped would be a blockbuster like ‘Escape from Alcatraz’. Wapi wasanii (where are the artistes)? His contact is [email protected].
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