My two year old pick-up was ‘arrested’
recently for what must be a ‘major offence’ in the eyes of the
‘cops’ who caught it: One of the brake light was not working.
It was quite diabolical they way they
actually went about the task.
Apparently (according to the driver)
they stood a wee distance from the traffic light on Digo Road
awaiting cars to brake at the lights so as to nab the ones whose
brake lights failed to light up.
Now that is what I call ingenious
I talked to the cop and tried to
explain to him that it would be virtually impossible for anyone
to keep tabs on petty faults like these and it would be more
prudent for the traffic department to bring it to the notice of
the driver and let them off with a warning to have it fixed
within 24 hours instead of arresting and detaining the vehicle
and the driver.
He told me that I was supposed to
check these things each morning before my vehicle hit the road.
In essence I am supposed to have
someone stand behind the vehicle and
step on the brakes for us to test the brake lights each
The time I took to resolve the issue
would have been better spent be me going about my business and
thus adding to the economy according to me but then what would a
country bumpkin like me know?
My second beef is against the Tuk-tuks.
While I am all for them as they not
only offer cheap and fast transport within town, but also
generate much needed employ-ment.
My beef is the fact that they are
allowed to ply in residential areas at any hour and that is what
is really irking me.
With the noise they generate they
should not be allowed to operate within residential areas
between 9.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m.
They not only disturb our sleep but
disorient school going children who end up going to school
bleary eyed each morning.
In a society where even playing loud
music at a party requires permission from NEMA, I wonder how
these noisy machines are allowed to roam freely in quite areas
like Kizingo and Ganjoni unchecked.
I really hope someone realizes that
this is an issue and tackle this problem in the very near future