Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ugliest smudge ever on Kenya-China relations

Published on 20/03/2012
Last Friday, PointBlank followed the proceedings of the launch of Southern bypass project with immense interest. During the ceremony, President Kibaki, the PM and other dignitaries present talked of the good relations between us and China. Chinese envoy, Liu Guangyuan also underscored the need to cement these friendship. Sadly, however, it appears that this friendship only applies at inter-state level. News that a Kenyan trader was neglected to death after she fell sick while on a visit to China is shocking.
Official apologyAgnes Maureen Moraa reported to have been denied treatment by three different hospitals because it "was at night". Kenyans read discrimination in the entire saga.
Considering its history of fighting oppression, this incident should make China bow its head in shame. PointBlank demands an official apology from the Chinese government, on behalf of Kenyans. And if China really values its friendship with Kenya, it should carry out exhaustive investigations and punish the culprits.
Danger looms as workers pass the buckKenya Power has failed the family of Reuben Muraya of Wahundura Village, Mathioya (KPLC A/C 2051710-01), according to Chris, a member of the family. Chris reports that an electric pole in their compound is about to fall. KP employees in Nyeri and Othaya have done nothing to repair the damage.
But workers from Othaya office have visited the home several times and agreed that the pole was dangerously rotten and needed replacement – by their Nyeri counterparts. "This has gone on for over one year. With three visits by the Othaya staff, it has now become a blame game between Othaya and Nyeri," says Chris.
Meanwhile, he says the pole remains unchanged, lose like a decayed tooth and with the windy long rains in the horizon, may tumble and cause disaster. "I am sure if this happens, KP will rush to change the pole. We only pray that no lives will be lost as a result." He wants Eng Joseph Njoroge, the managing director, to take up the matter as his officers in Nyeri and Othaya are busy courting disaster by shirking duty and passing the buck. Chris can be reached at
We’ve bones to pick with Baus tooCommenting on Everlyne Okumu’s article on March 31 (Baus spectacular optical illusion) and the firm’s subsequent response, Alicia Wanjiru claims to have gone through similar tribulations in the hands of Baus Optical staff.
She claims to have gone to Baus Nakuru offices after her eye-glasses got broken last year. She was charged Sh6,500 for new ones.
When she received the glasses, she noted some defects, which she wanted corrected. Wanjiru was informed her tests had gone missing and that the doctor wanted new ones done which would cost her Sh4,000. "I was shocked beyond words, but I swallowed the bitter pill and paid for other spectacles ... but it was worse. They sent me ordinary shades and when I complained was told to visit their Nairobi branch." Her email is
According to Gulf News, scores of Kenyan nationals visited the Mwikamba family at Rashid Hospital on Tuesday to offer their prayers and condolences.
Kenya’s Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Abdo Jillo also paid Hannah and Lucy a visit along with Kenyan community leaders from the UAE.
"We are here to condole with the family together with the Kenyan community. In the present circumstances, Esther's mum is in the hospital. Now that the mum is here, the decision to repatriate the body rests on the family. Our job is only to facilitate the repatriation," Ambassador Jillo said.

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