THE CUTTING EDGE

TERRORIST ATTACKS: The most striking difference between the reaction to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris in which nearly 130 people perished and similar past incidents in Kenya and elsewhere, Wachiuri Wahome notes, is that “the international community did not rush to issue travel advisories against France”.

Instead, he adds, “they sent messages of condolence to the leaders and the people and the French media and the opposition stood solidly behind their government” during the trying moment. His contact is adilicom@yahoo.com.

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NOT SERIOUS: Despite all the noise being made about graft in most sectors of our economy, David Motari is not convinced that commensurate efforts are being made to deal with the menace.

“How do we explain the fact that all the suspects dragged to court have all walked free, supposedly for lack of evidence? Those grilled at the EACC offices often come out smiling, making us think that they were there for a cup of tea and a friendly chat. We point fingers but there seems to be no culprit. So what graft are we really fighting?”

His contact is dmots2005@yahoo.com.

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TRAFFIC JAM: After thinking for a while about the perennial gridlock on Haile Selassie and Moi avenues in Nairobi’s city centre, Moses Maragia is convinced that he now has a solution to the problem.

The biggest culprits, according to Moses, are matatus heading to the terminus in front of the Nairobi Railway Station.

The most effective means to reduce congestion on Haile Selassie Avenue is to open a diversion from the terminus and link it to Bunyala or Mombasa roads near the Nyayo National Stadium.

His contact is kingchick2000@gmail.com.

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TICKING DISASTER: Jua Kali shopping centre on the Eldoret-Bungoma highway, located just after Kipkeino School, is an accident waiting to happen, warns Patrick Ndege.

The dangerous recipe, he adds, is having oil trucks parked on both sides of the road.

Secondly, there are no zebra crossings for pedestrians, and vehicles crisscross the pedestrian walkway. “Can the concerned authorities do something before it is too late?” urges Patrick, whose contact is ndegepatrick40@yahoo.co.uk.

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ROAD SAFETY: A regular traveller on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway (A 104), Peter Kahindi, is appalled at the apparent lack of serious maintenance to ensure the safety of road users.

He just cannot understand why no effort is being made to find a lasting solution to the flood waters at Uthiru, Kinoo, Regen, and Rungiri, which, apart from making the dual highway a nightmare for motorists, make those spots prone to accidents, and especially during the ongoing El Nino rains. His contact is kahindi562u@gmail.com.

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IMPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Nairobians hardly call these days, opting to text, Facebook, or WhatApp, notes Stephen Gachui on the new fad that has gripped, not just the young, but also the old folk.

Because many people no longer make phone calls, Stephen fears that communication, even in intimate relations, is often rather impersonal.

He adds: “If you are the kind of guy or girl that loves to spend hours talking on the phone with the person you are dating, then Nairobi may not be the right city for you.”

This talking man’s preferred contact is Tel 0725240485, but he can also be reached through stepgach@gmail.com.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION