Allowances for absentee ministers should indeed be slashed.

It is imperative to join hands with parliamentary backbenchers in pushing for the slashing  of sitting allowances accruing to those ministers  who fail to show up in parliament to answer questions.

This is because they abscond duty and yet they are still paid.

The only way for them to be accountable to the taxpayer is for them to ensure full appearance when needed.

By Moses Omusolo

IEBC Should borrow polling kit to save costs.

Economic reasoning compels the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to borrow polling kit.

If the funds it has at its disposal is insufficient to fund the most expensive election ever in Kenya, then borrowing polling kit becomes the best alternative.

Those opposing this move should stop over-relying on moral reasoning.It maybe shameful to borrow,but it is economically viable.

In any case who on earth does not borrow?

By Moses Omusolo

The plan by the Kenya government to give drug users free needles will backfire to a large extent.

It appears that the Kenya  government is not aware of the undesirable ramifications of its plan to give drug users free needles.

One is that many more people will be attracted to the vice as this gesture by the government will be taken to mean  that it recognizes ‘responsible drug abuse’.

The move has another negative consequence: While  many may survive dying  of  AIDS as a result of  reduced instances of needle- sharing, the same people may not survive dying  from overdose and overuse.

These two reasons should convince the government to rethink the plan and consider the most viable way to help drug users.

The apparent foolproof method to employ is to combine rehabilitation with ‘one- user-one-needle’ method.

 

 

Raising drinking age limit from 18 to 21 years is good move.

Naivasha Mp John Mututho is doing a good job in  terms of  saving  our young adults from alcoholism.In Kenya, most youths  who are  eighteen years and below are ,to put it bluntly ,at the cross-roads of life.Their future is not well-defined and so anything distractive and destructive does not spare them.

Among this category of things is alcoholism which should be  combatted at all costs.Even though the beer industry is complaining that  the proposal by Mr. Mututho to table in parliament a draft law   aiming to raise the drinking age limit from 18 to 21 years may stiffle business, they should know that what the Mp is doing is for the benefit of the young generation.

Besides, we are talking about health here.Alcohol is a drug like any other  and close monitoring of its use should be encouraged.

Films are strictly rated because they have the capacity to spoil children and young adults.So restricting the drinking age  to an acceptable  age limit should not be resisted.

 

By Moses Omusolo

Tainted poll aspirants should not be given a chance to lead Kenyans

It is purely acceptable for the Law Society of Kenya to take to court those leaders who fail the integrity test.This is because just like any suspected criminal, they have to face the law.

Secondly, if LSK bars such people from vying for public office, we will remain with a clean crop of leaders.

Again LSK will  be acting soberly if they asked members of the public to name aspirants who have failed the integrity test.This is built on the fact that such people have the capacity to manipulate the Leadership and Integrity Bill to their own advantage.

Telejustice addresses a different problem and not backlog of cases.

There is the fallacy of FALSE CAUSE in this argument which can be attributed to the plan by the Judiciary to introduce ‘Telejustice’:

The absence of telejustice causes the backlog of cases.

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Therefore we should intoduce telejustice.

My argument:

It is the nature of the case and not the absence of telejustice that that causes backlog

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Therefore,we should not introduce telejustice to address backlog.

‘Telejustice’ may not reduce the backlog of cases in Kenyan courts because what causes the aforementioned problem is not the absence of telejustice but rather the unpredictable nature of cases.It is how the case proceeds that determines whether justice will be delivered faster or not.

Is it not adjournments,fixing of mentioning or hearing dates that cause delayed justice?Surely,how does telejustice expedite justice?They should talk about modernizing the justice system through telejustice ;not reducing backlog of cases through telejustice.

Claiming that Mudavadi is ‘reloaded’ is committing the fallacy of ‘jumping to conclusions’.

Good thinkers always know that using one single instance to draw a general conclusion is committing the fallacy of hasty generalization/petitio prencipii/jumping to conclusions.Simply because Mudavadi was received in Kakamega does not automatically lead to his acceptance nationwide.So it is senseless to claim that he is giving his opponents hard time from this scenario alone.The presence of the Kikuyu Cpuncil of Elders in his meeting should not mislead us either.What if they did this just for formality?

Claiming that Mudavadi is ‘reloaded’ is committing the fallacy of ‘jumping to conclusions’.

Good thinkers always know that using one single instance to draw a general conclusion is committing the fallacy of hasty generalization/petitio prencipii/jumping to conclusions.Simply because Mudavadi was received in Kakamega does not automatically lead to his acceptance nationwide.So it is senseless to claim that he is giving his opponents hard time from this scenario alone.The presence of the Kikuyu Cpuncil of Elders in his meeting should not mislead us either.What if they did this just for formality?

How sincere was Eugene Wamalwa?

Raila Amolo Odinga - World Economic Forum Annu...

Raila Amolo Odinga – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009 (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)

English: Eugine Ludovic Wamalwa

English: Eugine Ludovic Wamalwa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Eugene Wamalwa claims to have distanced himself from the plot by his G7 counterparts to stop Raila from ascending tom presidency.But given the fact that he was in Homa Bay County , a place that can be termed Raila’s territory,his assertions  appear to have been driven by the motive  to please the crowd.Had it been in Western,it would be a different case altogether.

If he is honest enough, I dare him to maintain the political tempo he has picked.

 

Importers of ivory should indeed be punished as they contribute to the slow but sure extinction of the elephant species.

Countries importing ivory should be held to account for the alarming increase in poaching rate.In  Kenya, according to conservationists,45 elephants were killed in 2007,271 in 2009,177 in 2010,and 278 in 2011.

It is also an established fact that Asia forms a big market for imported ivory.So any serious legal action should begin with it.

English: Elephant mating ritual (No. 2 in a se...

English: Elephant mating ritual (No. 2 in a series of 5 photos) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)