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THE CUTTING EDGE

2 months ago, 15 July 21:59

APOLOGY TO SENIOR CITIZEN: The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) wishes to sincerely apologise to a retiree, John Muriuki Kang’ara, for the difficulties he has been experiencing while trying to access his Pay As You Earn (Paye) records to be able to file his pension claim. Grace Wandera, the deputy commissioner – marketing and communication, says the KRA’s Domestic Taxes Office at Thika has since contacted John and guided him on the steps to take for his Paye details to reflect on his iTax ledger. “We are sorry for the inconvenience he has suffered," she concludes.

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‘BODA BODA’ CRIES: While he wouldn’t have a reason to fault the authorities for their efforts to streamline the traffic flow and ease the endemic congestion, especially in Nairobi’s city centre, Peter Ngiri is appalled at the harassment of boda boda operators and other motorcyclists at a major roundabout on Uhuru Highway, and also at several petrol stations. Peter cannot simply understand why the same authorities, who have licensed the riders, are denying them a chance to earn their daily bread by chasing them out of the CBD. His contact is [email protected]

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SPARING THE ROD: The wave of unrest in schools that is creeping back, with incidents reported in which rogue students have attacked their teachers and damaged property, is worrying F. Mukembe. However, he thinks that partly to blame for the menace is a directive by the Education ministry that outlawed punishment to instill discipline in learners. “This is doing more harm than good to our children. Something must be done quickly to arrest the situation, lest all the efforts by stakeholders to boost education will go down the drain.” His contact is [email protected]

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BESIEGED TEACHERS: Also convinced that the apparent lenient handling of errant students has a hand in the increasing crisis in schools is Ayub Njenga. Says he: “We live in a hypocritical nation, where double standards are the order of the day. One day a child is corrected by a teacher and there is hullabaloo; the next, young criminals beat up their teachers and even attempt to lynch them and there is a deafening silence. Even human rights groups and parents are totally mute. Who will come to the aid of the embattled teachers?” His contact is [email protected]

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PORTAL ERRORS: Fully agreeing with George Kirethi’s remark that something is terribly wrong with the National Transport and Safety Authority’s (NTSA) portal, yet they insist that all transactions must be online, is Alex Waithira. On June 16, Alex applied through the portal for the correction of his misspelt surname, which change has not been effected. He wonders whether the authority’s staff could be overwhelmed by the high number of transactions. According to him, this could explain why errors are being made on the NTSA portal? His contact is [email protected]

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THE CUTTING EDGE

2 months ago, 15 July 21:59


APOLOGY TO SENIOR CITIZEN: The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) wishes to sincerely apologise to a retiree, John Muriuki Kang’ara, for the difficulties he has been experiencing while trying to access his Pay As You Earn (Paye) records to be able to file his pension claim. Grace Wandera, the deputy commissioner – marketing and communication, says the KRA’s Domestic Taxes Office at Thika has since contacted John and guided him on the steps to take for his Paye details to reflect on his iTax ledger. “We are sorry for the inconvenience he has suffered," she concludes.

***

‘BODA BODA’ CRIES: While he wouldn’t have a reason to fault the authorities for their efforts to streamline the traffic flow and ease the endemic congestion, especially in Nairobi’s city centre, Peter Ngiri is appalled at the harassment of boda boda operators and other motorcyclists at a major roundabout on Uhuru Highway, and also at several petrol stations. Peter cannot simply understand why the same authorities, who have licensed the riders, are denying them a chance to earn their daily bread by chasing them out of the CBD. His contact is [email protected]

***

SPARING THE ROD: The wave of unrest in schools that is creeping back, with incidents reported in which rogue students have attacked their teachers and damaged property, is worrying F. Mukembe. However, he thinks that partly to blame for the menace is a directive by the Education ministry that outlawed punishment to instill discipline in learners. “This is doing more harm than good to our children. Something must be done quickly to arrest the situation, lest all the efforts by stakeholders to boost education will go down the drain.” His contact is [email protected]

***

BESIEGED TEACHERS: Also convinced that the apparent lenient handling of errant students has a hand in the increasing crisis in schools is Ayub Njenga. Says he: “We live in a hypocritical nation, where double standards are the order of the day. One day a child is corrected by a teacher and there is hullabaloo; the next, young criminals beat up their teachers and even attempt to lynch them and there is a deafening silence. Even human rights groups and parents are totally mute. Who will come to the aid of the embattled teachers?” His contact is [email protected]

***

PORTAL ERRORS: Fully agreeing with George Kirethi’s remark that something is terribly wrong with the National Transport and Safety Authority’s (NTSA) portal, yet they insist that all transactions must be online, is Alex Waithira. On June 16, Alex applied through the portal for the correction of his misspelt surname, which change has not been effected. He wonders whether the authority’s staff could be overwhelmed by the high number of transactions. According to him, this could explain why errors are being made on the NTSA portal? His contact is [email protected]

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