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The People’s champion March 17, 2014

Peace of mind. Meshack Tinega said the funeral cover to be provided by CFC in conjunction with an organisation run by Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati was the best thing to happen to Nairobians since Dr Kidero, with his County Finance Act made dying a costly affair.

“The high charges imposed by the law will surely send many of us to our graves sooner rather than later and paying Sh1,000 every year will be worth the peace of mind that our relatives will enjoy as the fees are settled,” said Tinega. According to him, the plan should be expanded to cover other constituencies. “Nairobians are equally yoked under the oppressive tax regime and they need all the help they can get. Other MPs should emulate Mr Arati,” he said.

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Ready to sweat. Friday’s Money Maker story about two women who were making some good money by weaving fuzzy mats was inspiring, said Anne Wangeci. It was one that every jobless young person who has a misplaced sense of self entitlement would do well to read, she said.

“Unlike most of our youths, these women are not looking up to the county or national government to provide them with jobs,” she said. “They are ready to sweat to earn a decent living and the mats they weave are as good as those imported,” Wangeci added. If the county government was serious about creating jobs, she said, it would support them by buying machines that can do the work faster than the seven days they usually spent.

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Insult to injury. Nothing about her experience paints Daystar University as the reputable institution guided by servant leadership it claims to be in media adverts, said Alice Mukami. She said she recently spent more than two hours queuing at the finance office to settle her daughter’s fee. On a busy Friday the office had only one officer who took an average of 30 minutes to serve an individual. It did not help, she said that there were no benches for those waiting to see the officer and to add insult to injury, he kept taking breaks to make private calls.

“A service leader would appreciate that everyone’s time was valuable and ensure that enough officers were available,” Alice said.

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Feel cheated. Not knowing the status of his scholarship application made Stanley Keiwa feel cheated. He applied for an Indian scholarship early last year through the then Ministry of Higher Education and was called for an interview. On February 19, 2013 he was informed that he had been nominated. Full of optimism, he went to fill the requisite forms and applied for a passport.

“I dropped the forms and was told to go and wait. A colleague we applied together was called in July and has since left the country for her studies,” he said. Mr Keiwa added that he had visited the ministry offices at Teleposta Towers on three different occasions and on each was told to just wait. “I spent a lot of money travelling,” said Mr Keiwa.

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