It took three stories to make up this post.
First was this story that appeared in the Standard last week about a range rover limousine that got messed up by a pothole. Then there was one where TV talk show host and car aficionado Jay Leno bragged about being the only celebrity who can drive a manual transmission SLR Mercedes. And finally this piece from the wall street journal which chronicles how frustrated new car owners are with their high-tech machines
Which brings up the question, how much it too much technology for cars? With my budget, I can only to drive a car that Wanjala, my mechanic, can fix at his garage and one whose parts are relatively available and affordable.
Yet Kenyans have been buying top of the range cars at an astonishing rate, some without local parts or technical support. And some of the cars are loaded with such gizmos and that make even their owners confused. How many times have you ridden in a car where the owner does not know what half the dashboard gizmos do? There are all wheel drive cars that never leave the city, tiptronic gears that are never used, cars that lock their owner out or in depending on their perception of insecurity, cars that are supposed to avoid collision and others that are supposed to park themselves.
Sometimes they break down in strange and sad ways - from cars with blown turbochargers that cause them to crawl or new cars that you see parked at the back of a garage as they await arrival of some obscure engine part or maybe it's because the dealer's electronic diagnostic kit has not discovered what bug is ailing the engine.
Other motoring moments:
- a VIP accident
- arrival of the Chrysler 300
Enough about cars
April 13 Jobs
most from the daily papers this week
Academy for educational development: finance manager, finance assistant, administration manager. Apply to email@example.com by 27/4
Investment analyst at British American asset managers. Apply to BAAMHR@baam.co.ke by 27/4
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Project manager and a regional director,both in Nairobi. D/L is 30/4
Financial information systems manager at Equity bank. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27/4
Operations officer (Nairobi) at the IFC growth oriented women entrepreneurs (GOWE Kenya) program. D/L is 27/4
Human resource manager at Innscor Kenya apply to email@example.com by 27/4
Management trainees at KCB. Apply online by 27/4
Kenya national commission on human rights: principal human rights officer - research policy & legislation program, principal human rights officer - campaign & advocacy program, principal human rights officer - complaints & investigation program. Apply to the commission secretary 74359-00200 by 30/7
Magadi soda: senior buyer, product development manager. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27/4
Microsoft: infrastructure consultant, corporate account manager, partner account manager. Apply to email@example.com
Safaricom: Senior internal auditor, senior information systems auditor, and senior information security officer. Deadline is 18/4
Executive director at Transparency international. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27/4
Regional Program Leader at the World Bank PPIAF Nairobi. D/L is 30/4