Saturday, January 19, 2008

Kenya Data Networks Butterfly wireless network company not serious

We recently acquired a mobile pc that runs on the linux backbone.

Naturally, we wished to use its wireless network to access the internet...because we could not always be in the few free hotspots in town.

And naturally...we contacted butterfly.

They reported to have two offerings, one a monthly payment of KES 2,900 for unlimited internet access for a month, the second being scratch cards in denominations starting KES 200.

This is where the strange conduct begins.

First, we are told that we can purchase these scratch cards from a company in Lakhamshi building. We climb the stairs (there is no lift in this building) only to be told that they do not sell these scratch cards.

Second, we are told that there is another dealer in Postbank house. 14th floor. We decide to call first...and are told that they do not deal with Butterfly products.

Quite amazingly, Kenya Data Networks does not appear to have dealers in this city of Nairobi.

We are compelled to drive all the way to Kenya Data Networks Mombasa road to purchase a KES 200 scratchcard, which expires within 12 hours of activation. What a waste of fuel, time and our patience.

It is incomprehensible how a sales company would purport to be selling internet scratch cards, and yet again, not be selling the same.

It also has no agents in the CBD, in spite of declaring on its website that it does. With the kind of resources it has expended in setting up its network, it is quite puzzling why Kenya Data Networks would experience the above serious shortcomings.

The safaricom USB modem broadband internet seems to be a more viable and responsible option....and this from a customer who has been on kencell/celtel since inception.

Kenyan Elections - some truths

It has taken quite sometime to digest what has been happening since the Presidential, Parliamentary and Civic Elections took place in Kenya on 27th December 2007.

The after effects of the PNU victory at the expense of ODM in Kenya retains a bitter taste in our mouths.

There is no doubt that an act of genocide has occurred, particularly in Eldoret, where women and children of the Kikuyu tribe were burnt to death in a church, where they had gone to seek the Lord's safety and shelter.

His revenge will surely come to those who have stained his sanctury with innocent blood.

There is also no doubt that neither of Raila Odinga or President Mwai Kibaki, have sufficient statesmanship to give in, if only to avoid further loss of lives and property.

In any event, neither Raila Odinga nor President Kibaki, won the popular vote, considering that Kalonzo Musyoka, now Vice-President, garnered approximately one million votes.

Neither of this men therefore have the right to say that Kenyans have spoken to elect one or the other, because it is simply not true.

The apparently unnecessary police shootings simply reiterate the need for an independent Commission to receive complaints on police excesses, with power to prosecute and terminate employment of such officers.

There is nothing that would compel one brother to kill another, simply because of loss of elections, whether rigged or not.

Some one or some people have been instigating this violence.

Can they be quickly arrested and charged.

The Law Society of Kenya should also receive some barbs...they have claimed that Courts are unlikely to offer a solution to the constitutional issues that have David Ndii said, then they should resign and go home.