The People’s Champion December 09, 2013
Limited supply. The term water rationing must have a different meaning from that ascribed by the Nairobi Water Company when it recently warned Nairobians that it would start limiting water supply, says Marybeth Sande.
For as long as she can remember, Marybeth notes that her estate has never received an uninterrupted water supply. It has always been that water flows on Tuesday and Wednesday and the taps run dry the rest of the week.
“Therefore, does it mean that now they will stop supplying water during the two days as well?” she asks. Marybeth says that the company should stop portraying itself as an efficient organisation because the truth is that few residents get running water throughout the week.
Filthy street. If he did not know better, Muthui Kitavi says he would think that a cyclone passes on Tom Mboya Street every weekend. The street, he says, is always filthy, littered with garbage.
At first, he notes, he was so concerned that that was the case until he made an enquiry and was told by a county government worker that some street boys rummaging through the dust bins pour the dirt. They supposedly do this in search of plastic containers and metallic objects.
Kitavi however can’t understand why the county government has not moved to crack down on the practice. He, fears, unchecked, the boys will take the complacency as a sign of encouragement and move to other streets.
Restore faith. Alnasir Walji is concerned that crime is becoming the order of the day in Nairobi. From carjacking, mugging, lynching, cyber hacking to fraud, Walji says these crimes do not paint the picture of a county in control of its security. He is particularly worried that going by the lynchings, there seems to be no respect for the course of justice.
“Why not apprehend criminals and take them to the police?” he wonders adding: “Could it be that we no longer trust the police to carry out their mandate?” He says something must be done to restore public faith in the institutions formed to ensure that justice takes the proper course. Otherwise, he warns, insecurity will continue to be the bane of development.
Safety standards. Nashon Irungu is questioning the safety of food from roadside eateries. Irungu says many of them have mushroomed in estates booming with construction. Women have set up shacks from where they prepare dough and then cook chapatis and mandazi for the hungry workers.
This, he adds, is despite the fact that the shacks are so close to the road that the dust raised by vehicles passing by usually finds its way to the food. Most of these ‘cafes’ are also next to clogged drainage, he says, raising the fear that diseases like cholera could break out.
“The Ministry of Health and the county government inspectorate department should ensure the highest safety standards are maintained,” he urges.
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