THE CUTTING EDGE

Wednesday November 29 2017

‘DISAPPEARING’ ROADS: Any regular visitor to Mombasa, who has called in the coastal resort town in recent days, local resident Carey Yiembe says, must “wonder where the roads have lately disappeared to”. Not bothered about who between the national and county governments is responsible for whatever roads, Carey is demanding that they be fixed immediately. “Mombasa, the gateway to Kenya for many tourists, in now a total embarrassment in terms of roads.” His contact is [email protected]

FLIGHT DELAY: Jambojet customer Owino Otieno, who booked a Kisumu flight on November 26 is unhappy about a long departure delay on the scheduled 11.20am flight. Initially, there was a 30-minute delay, and after boarding, they “we were kept in the sweltering heat for 45 minutes,” before being informed that a crew member was caught up in traffic. “As a result, we arrived two hours late.” He was particularly upset because the airline had repeatedly sent reminders to passengers to get to the airport early due to road closures. “Jambojet can, surely do better than this!’ demands Owino, whose contact is Tel 0700651294 or wickyowino at yahoo.com.

EXPRESS NIGHTMARE: The Madaraka Express that was launched with the completion of the standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi is fast becoming a nightmare, moans Carey Yiembe. Thanks to lack of foresight and proper planning, he adds, would be travellers now arrive at the terminal to find no sitting space as they wait to board the train. “There are no restaurants and no trolleys for those with heavy luggage. The commuter buses are in horrible state and yet many of us cannot afford taxis. Kenya Railways can do better than this.” His contact is [email protected].

CABINET RESHUFFLE: Keenly waiting for the Cabinet reshuffle that should follow Tuesday’s swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta, John Osodo has only one item on his wish list. Says he: “My humble request is that hardworking Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett be retained in his docket. When he is not in Lunga Lunga doing something about fishing, you will find him in Naivasha fixing maize problems or in Kisumu looking into sugar woes or in Migori reviving some project.” His contact is [email protected]

ONE NAME TWICE: The Nairobi City County government should correct perhaps the most confusing naming of a road in the Kilimani neighbourhood, Kibe Kamunyu appeals. There is a road of nearly 200 metres, but which has two names. “At one end it’s called Cotton Avenue and at the other end, it’s Likoni Road. In any case how can you have a Likoni Road in Kilimani and another Likoni Road in the Industrial Area? It makes little sense to have two different roads in the city with the same name, or does it?” His contact is [email protected].

LONG DETOUR: Can anyone at the Kenya National Highways Authority, the Kenya Urban Roads or the even the city county government explain to Angela Smees, why driving out of the German School or Shell petrol station on Limuru Road, one must drive all the way to the Village Market to turn for those inbound towards the central business district? The problem is then compounded by having five speed bumps. “Why? And how is the safe flow of traffic enhanced? Matatus stop anywhere but at the new bus-bays, which makes it worse for those taking the right turn.” Her contact is [email protected]

Have a convenient day, won’t you!


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