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NEW CITY: The Nairobi Regeneration Committee has a great chance to correct the mess that has over the years been allowed to take root and interfere with the planning to make the city attain metropolis standards, says Ken Butiko, pleased with the progress, so far. The programme, he adds, offers the city county and the national government an opportunity to provide for vital social amenities that fell victim to corruption. “In every new residential estate, we should now have properly planned schools and other social amenities.” His contact is [email protected]
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IGNORED BRIDGES: After pedestrians demand footbridges in Nairobi, the irony is, many never use them, instead preferring to dash across busy roads and risk getting hit and killed or maimed by speeding or reckless motorists, says David Ngumi. There are many such footbridges, but David is particularly concerned about the Kenyatta Market/Kenyatta National Hospital one. He adds: “Even some doctors, nurses and interns seem to prefer the dare-devil way, calculating the gaps between cars zooming past, most of them at 80kph. A few metres away is a rarely used bridge.” His contact is [email protected]
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: The recent Supreme Court ruling barring Muslim schoolgirls from wearing the hijab with their uniform may be well-intended but Njoroge Kibe is quite upset by it. Says he: “Over the past week or so, I have been boiling within myself. The religious harmony and coexistence during the Mwai Kibaki administration is slowly, but steadily, being destroyed. Why should Muslim and Rastafarian students be forced to obey rules that go against their faiths? Why should sponsors of schools be given freedom to propagate their dogmas? Let us all protest loudly against this.” His contact is [email protected]
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PARKING FEE: The idea of supermarkets and hospitals in Nairobi and other towns charging for parking is one that Henry Ruhiu says he has reflected on for quite some time and just cannot come to terms with, the explanations by some officials notwithstanding. He has always asked himself why, after driving to a supermarket or hospital and parking one’s vehicle, and on exiting after shopping or being treated or picking up a patient, one is required to pay a parking fee. “Is this not a tax by itself, and why is the government just silent?’ His contact is [email protected]

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