POINTBLANK


Published on 05/02/2009

Mike OWuor

It is time to take Nairobi to the rest of Kenya

District Focus for Rural Development and other principles of that ilk may not have been a resounding success during the Kanu rule, but they made Kenyans outside Nairobi feel they were on the Government’s mind. Today things are different. Consider sentiments like those of Mr Mohamed Hillow in Garissa. Irked by unreliable electricity supply, he said the town had been ignored despite being the capital of North Eastern Province (‘Garissa resident’s gripe’, January 14).

Wide gap

While there is talk of the wide gap between the rich and the poor, the divide that separates Nairobi and the rest of Kenya has been ignored. With shrinking opportunities elsewhere, the capital remains the perceived land of milk and honey. Sour it may be at times, but it is better than being stuck in a rural town that has had no significant development in decades.

And rather than make things better, Nairobi Metropolitan Development Minister Mutula Kilonzo’s plan for Nairobi worth trillions of shillings only highlights the discrepancy with other regions. This obsession with Nairobi should be reconsidered.

Give hearing to claims on special school

Mr Nashi Metian says a school for the Deaf, which also teaches sign language, should be investigated to ensure it is not fleecing parents and using the children with special needs for personal gain. The institution, he alleges, is not even registered with the Ministry of Education.

“To make it worse, they keep changing location. They were initially in Kitengela but have since moved to a nearby town. Could this be to evade the authorities?” he asks, adding that parents might be ignorant of the school’s intentions.

And the teachers are not spared either, adds Metian, as they are not paid the agreed salary. This has prompted some of them to seek assistance from Ministry of Labour officials. “However, their reports to the labour office have not yielded much,” he says.

As a “concerned citizen and without prejudice”, says Metian, he believes there is more than meets the eye in the school and would like the Kenya Society for the Deaf and the Ministry of Education’s Special Education Department to take a closer look and protect the children. It doesn’t cost too much to ensure all is well, does it Minister Sam Ongeri?

Mystery of Nakuru plots

There seems to be no end in the mystery of land records disappearing or being altered, as if by magic. One minute you have your title deed, the next somebody else is laying claim to your piece of land. And despite the commendable efforts by Lands Minister James Orengo to solve a previous complaint raised by our reader in Bungoma, there is yet another concern, this time from Nakuru.

Since his enquiries have not been answered by local officers, Mr R K Mibei, a farmer, wants to know why records for a parcel of land (NKU/Municipality Block XVII/80) registered in his name, and charged to a bank, cannot be traced at the Nakuru Lands Registry.

Name serch

And that’s not all. Another one of his plots (NKU/Municipality Block XVII/81), is also causing him anxiety. At the lands office, he says, a search indicates it is registered in his name. But a search at the Nakuru Municipal Council shows it is registered under a different name, and the officials have no explanation.

Mibei wants Mr Orengo to order officers at the Municipal Council and Lands office to solve the puzzle. So far, he says, there is little interest to set the record straight.

Is our reader’s complaint too taxing to answer?

It is more than two months since PointBlank asked the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to refund their client (tax File No 5/08/85840), Captain Nathaniel Odemba (‘No tax refund since 1992’, November 28). “As a last resort”, Odemba said, he had written to then acting Finance Minister John Michuki in July, last year, requesting his intervention. Nobody bothered to respond.

He now wants Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta to impress upon his officers at KRA to refund the more than Sh900,000 dating back to 1992. This, he says in another letter to PointBlank, will get him out of the misery of the long wait. What say you, Minister Uhuru?

Double trouble for residents

Last year, Mr Murimi Mwaure, a resident of Clay Court City in Kasarani, Nairobi, asked Town Clerk John Gakuo to get rid of a ‘huge container’ that was an inconvenience as it was partly placed on a road reserve. He claimed the issue had been brought to the attention of City Council officers but they did not take action.

Now, says Mwaure things are worse, and the council owes residents an explanation: “The owner of the container has come up with a new concept: A container shopping mall with two storeys. I would like to know if this has been done with the approval of the council.”

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