In Summary
  • Safaricom has taken advantage of the tax increases to raise the monthly subscription.

ROAD SAFETY: Knee-jerk reactions by the authorities after tragic accidents, like the one that killed almost 60 people in Kericho, won’t enhance road safety, says Jamie Njogu. The solution, is to firmly deal with drivers’ attitude. The self-declared proud holder of a certificate in defensive driving claims to have approached several counties to work with them on programmes to curb accidents but was given the cold shoulder. “I am now forced to sit behind my computer and share my knowledge online with a few of my followers.” His contact is wachinjogu05@gmail.com.

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MATATU CABINS: Having deeply reflected on the increasing number of fatal road accidents, Mwangi Kagunda is convinced that he has finally figured out how to prevent the deaths. The NTSA, he says, should “ban cabins, because they curtail communication between passengers and drivers”. In matatus, he adds, the wall separating the cabin from the passengers is used to “mount speakers and screens to show dirty movies and bawdy music and pictures that many passengers do not like. He also wants mounting of bus bodies on lorry chassis outlawed as they are quite unsafe.

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E-CITIZEN DEAD END: Though meant to ease delivery of public services, Alfred Owino is frustrated about a transaction on the e-Citizen portal through which he could lose his money. On October 19, Alfred paid Sh650 to renew his driving licence. He didn’t receive a confirmation but Safaricom debited his account. On calling Safaricom to reverse the transaction, he was told that, being a paybill number, only the holder could. On contacting the NTSA, he was advised to call e-Citizen on Tel 0780260260, which is never answered. His contact is okoth.owino@gmail.com.

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