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(America): When Slots For Illegals Are Eliminated, America Will Have More Slots For the World's Best, Brightest, and Exceptionally Talented To Immigrate and Renew America.

How should America treat it's illegal immigrants? The Biden pick for Health and Human Services nominee wants illegals to be given Medicaid.

And this is what we think is wrong with American immigration, and one that should be overhauled. Australia for instance, processes Illegals, assylum seekers and refugees in the far off island of Papua New Guinea.

In America meanwhile, illegals are being processed at the border patrol, and it gets even worse, in the Biden administration, assylum seekers will be allowed to travel to the United States as they await the results of their assylum application.

This Biden administration move in championing for illegals, assylum seekers, and refugees has made immigrant caravans all the way from Africa, Honduras, and Haiti begin to travel by foot to the United States border.

When there are so many illegals in America, the burden will be on the American taxpayer to provide them with food stamps and unemployment benefits. Besides, illegal immigrants decrease the slots for the legal immigrants that the United States truly needs. It's why we think that immigration should be overhauled, to increase slots for the best and brightest, and those with exceptional talents that will prepare America for the next phase of growth in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), smart hardware, Fintech, carbon materials, and such fancied fields, which America is struggling to hold on to the global lead.

China and India alone produce two Thirds of the world's PhDs, China has two million engineers. That's what's at stake for America. When the illegals are eliminated, the slots for H1-B Visas, how the most talented foreign workers will be increased ten fold, of course with safeguards so that large businesses cannot use the H1-B Visa as an excuse for paying poor American workers low salaries.

To be black and be a capitalist, and a Republican, is not an anomaly. An incompatibility sort of.

We wish golfing legend Tiger Woods quick recovery in the Los Angeles accident. But here is our proposition regarding the incident.

The next chapter in the American Civil rights movement is the availing of business capital and entrepreneurship to blacks and Latinos. African Americans don't have have to make wealth in their " traditional strong fields" like sports and entertainment".

They can make wealth solving the toughest challenges that plague America and the world. They can wildly be successful creative genius entrepreneurs. The job of diversity and inclusion is supposed to make blacks be included in the former white spaces in powerful jobs, but blacks shouldn't be a tick in the box. An affirmative action hire or elite college admittee. A racial justice issue.

Moreover, the smartest blacks now don't attend historically black Colleges like Howard or Morehouse but now attend the Ivy League and Uber Private colleges like Harvard, Duke, and Yale, then go on to work in Wall Street, representing a brain drain on the African American community when a struggling black business would have needed their talents.

And since small businesses are the primary employers, it means all this black talent that is being lost to Wall Street and Silicon Valley as a diversity and inclusion issue, an affirmative action hire is going to waste in that the kith and kin these bright black youngsters left behind have no businesses to hire them.

And I know Booker T Washington, a Republican by ideology, the first African American to visit the White House, was shamed for acting white when he said that rather than confronting white supremacists directly, blacks should aim for great careers and entrepreneurship. But nothing could be further from the truth.

And another African American leader, Marcus Garvey, said blacks fail because they don't have a capitalistic system that support them. He was wealth shamed for having a publishing company, media house, real estate and a ship which he hoped would transport all black people back to Africa.

But essentially, to be black and to be capitalist shouldn't be an opposite dichotomy. Likewise, to be black and be Republican should also likewise not be an incompatibility. Because where has the freebies of the Democrats taken blacks? They are at the exact same place where the slave emancipation proclamation left them. Someone said the biggest threat of a black is a white liberal, because they act so sweet without really meaning it, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Social Byte: Is Colorism deep among people of colour?

The simple definition of colorism is that it's where members with a lighter skin among people of color are treated better than their darker skin colleagues of the same race.

Although it's most prevalent in the black race, it's not confined to it alone. An advert in a French billboard paints a successful French parent as one where a successful black male is married to a biracial or light skinned black.

In India, you wouldn't know that half their population is darker skinned from watching Indian Bollywood movies as all the acting gigs go to the light skinned Indians and not the untouchable dark skinned dalites. 

This has of course spawned a lucrative bleaching creams as blacks, especially females want to be light skinned and upgrade their social status. 

Does Writing Really Pay That Much. Can it Be a Full Time Career, Especially in Africa.

The joke is that one of the ways for you to die a poor man or woman for that matter is to take up writing as a full time career. As a weekly columnist for the Star Newspaper in Kenya, the third in the market daily, I got paid $30 per weekly column of 350 words. Granted, one could say that pay is too much for just 350 words. But it is the quality that matters, not the word count. And I knew I had worked on my craft well, and so I felt shortchanged.

Again, I wrote a 12 page educational advertorial pull out for the same Star Newspaper Kenya, I got paid $100, even as they made $50,000 from the same pull out in advertisements.

Coincidentally, one of their former radio girls come come Group Marketing Manager responsible for those advertisements in my pull out is also dabbles up as a motivational speaker and goes around telling young impressionable girls that you have the same 24 hours as me, or as Bill Gates. So, why doesn't she start with paying people their fair dues first?

I had done much research and knew that as a weekly Columnist for the Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of Britain, was getting $250,000 a year pay, that is $5,000 a week, just for scribbling a few quality words a week.

I also knew of a weekly technology columnist in The Wall Street Journal that got paid a million dollars a year for a weekly column, that is $20,000. I'm interested in that especially because I did Mechanical Engineering for my Bachelors Degree.

So, why doesn't writing pay in Africa. The reason is simply we haven't professionalised the creative scene, that is writers, singers, actors, et al. It is still a buyers market. They set the price. We follow along. And that needs to change if our kind is going to take up writing as a full time career rather than a side hustle.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

BRICS creation of $100 billion, and what it means for africa.

BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa recently
announced the creation of a $100 billion development bank, to cater
for the development needs of the developing countries. The leaders of
these countries think that the IMF and World Bank are too Washington
focused for the developing countries needs.

Top civil servants reject 500,000 send off package.

Top civil servants have rejected the 500,000 send off package from the
government. The government will soon embark on a staff rationalisation
program and retrenchment, in a bid to reduce the public wage bill.
However, the government is likely to face opposition from COTU and the
civil servants workers union.

Uhuru to visit coast.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to visit the coast region in the spate
of the recent violence in the region, and after the cord rallies in
the region. There have been public spats between Mombasa governor Ali
Hassan Joho and the Mombasa county commisioner, Nelson Marwa.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Rupert Murdoch to bid for CNN.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has made a bid for the parent company of
CNN, Time Warner. Mr. Murdoch already owns the right wing TV station,
Fox News, which has some very strong conservative views.

MPs split on IEBC

MPs are split on whether or not to disband the electoral body IEBC.
The concerned parliamentary committee could come up with both a
majority and minority report, reflecting the Jubilee and Cord party
lines respectively.

Raila meets South Sudan opposition leaders.

Cord leader Raila Odinga met with the South Sudan opposition leaders.
The opposition leaders were set free by President Salva Kiir a few
months ago. Differences between President Kiir and former Vice
President Riek Machar led to a conflict which soon took on an ethnic
dimension pitting the two country's two largest ethnic groups, the
Dinkas and the Nuers.

South Africa to decide fate of zimbabwe immigrants.

South Africa is to decide whether to deport or allow the more than
250,000 immigrants from Zimbabwe to stay. Ever since the Zimbabwean
economy took a nose dive in the mid 2000s, hundreds of Zimbabweans
cross the border to South Africa every day. However, of late the
Robert Mugabe regime has introduced new radical fiscal measures to
ensure that the Zimbabwean economy gets back on track.

Toyota to set up park in kenya.

toyota will set up a manufacturing park in kenya, further showing that
the kenyan economy is on the upsurge. toyota is among the world's top
three car manufacturers in the world, although a spate of recent
recalls has seen its magic somewhat dented. the toyota park is likely
to create hundreds of badly needed tech jobs.

Toyota to stop production in south africa.

Toyota will stop production of motor vehicles in south africa in the
coming months should the strikes persist. south africa has been
encumbered by industrial and mining sector strikes, as workers demand
more wages. the industrial labour relations reached a low when mining
workers at marikana mines were senselessly murdered in august 2012.
lonmin mines amongst other mines have been affected by the mining

Marsabit farmers to get new equipment.

Marsabit farmers are set to get equipment worth about kshs. 70
million, which will further help the region's farmers to diversify
into crop farming, and irrigation based farming and pull the regio
away from the erratic pastoralist farming.

Meru county to establish foreign language center.

Meru county is set to establish a center for the teaching of foreign
languages. foreign languages are among the most sought after courses,
and languages such as chinese mandarin are hot in demand, especially
as china becomes a key trading partner for kenya and africa.

COTU opposed to civil service retrenchment.

COTU and the civil servants union are opposed to the upcoming
retrenchment. the government is set to begin a civil service
retrenchment in the next few months. this even a parastatal
rationalisation program that saw the number of parastatals by almost
70. according to a salary report, careers in parastatals are among the
highest paying, and president kenyatta has personally asked the
parastatal heads to take a salary. although a politically problematic
situation, it must be remembered that kenya has one of the highest
public wage bills in comparison to the tax collected.

Lamu Governor case to be delayed.

The lamu governor's case will be delayed, as the state seeks fresh
evidence against the embattled governor. the lamu governor is accused
of perpetrating the insecurities in lamu. lamu's tourism sector has
almost been decimated by the insecurity in the region, resulting in
large numbers of deaths, displaced people, and lost jobs in the
tourism sector and general economy.

Semalang'o locked out of mathare by election.

Immediate former youth fund CEO Gor Semalang'o, has been locked out of
the mathare by election. Mr. semalang'o was replaced by Bruce Odhiambo
at the youth fund, after a poor stint, and perceived disagreements
with her boss, Ann Waiguru.

Africa loses $58 billion to the world- report.

Africa loses about 58 billion dollars annually, a new report has
shown. it had 134 billion dollars in net inflows, and 192 billion
dollars in outflows. the outflows are mostly capital flight from
multinationals repatriating profits, and corruption from the
continent's leaders who stash away cash in switzerland and other tax

AIDS likely to be wiped off by 2030-UN

A new un report shows that AIDS may be wiped off by 2030, michael
sidibe of UNAIDS says. AIDS has strained african countries health
systems, and although the prevalence rates have dropped, the disease
still continues to be a major scourge in much of Africa.

Paul Kagame insights on leadership and governance.

Paul Kagame divides opinion. To his supporters, he is the hero who
liberated Rwanda from the ruins of the Rwandan genocide, and in the
process, manage to build a country that is quite prosperous, and one
of the easiest places to do business at least according to the World
Bank. For his critics however, Paul Kagame has managed to crush
dissent in Rwanda, and he has also been accused, together with
Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, of being behind the instabilities in Rwanda.
According to a Governor's forum last year, Mr. Kagame intimated that
there must be a balance between stability and democracy, in an obvious
jab to Western countries. What both critics and admirers agree is that
Mr.Kagame has managed to infuse discipline into the Rwandan economy,
and investors keep flocking to Rwanda because of the many measures
that Kagame has introduced. However, the real question is what will
happen to Rwanda after Kagame exits the scene. It's a question that no
one is willing to answer.

Samuel majani and the rise of ghafla.

Ghafla has risen in popularity to be arguably Kenya's leading
entertainment website. The website now has an average of 80,000
pageviews per day, ranking it atop even some of the mainstream media
stations. Yet, the story of ghafla, as with so many business success
stories is also riddled with pain. Samuel Majani, the founder of
ghafla, started the website as a way to buy off time after he had
dropped from Computer Science studies at JKUAT. He says that he chose
entertainment because it is the most searched keyword in search
engines, and also because entertainment news was not being given
prominence in the mainstream media stations. Majani was lucky to get
investment from the venture fund 88mph, enabling Ghafla to make a much
needed expansion. According to Majani's estimation two years ago,
Ghafla's valuation was 100 million shillings, and what's more, the
website is now a platform for Kenyan celebrities, fashion designers,
and the whole entertainment industry to showcase its talent.

Five lessons Kenyan(and African) leaders could draw from China.

China has a lot to teach Kenya, Africa, and the developing world in
general. First, that democracy is not the end and be all of everything
especially in poor developing countries. So, then for Kenya and
African countries, what matters most is stability. This is one of the
reasons that investors have continued to flock to China, since they
are assured that their investments will be in place regardless of
which leader is in power. Secondly, that state directed development
matters a great deal and due to this Chinese companies such as
alibaba, Weibo, tencent, and lenovo have gone global. Third,
corruption is not tolerated and those found engaging in the vice are
handed lengthy prison sentences. Fourth, the education system
emphasises such confucian values as hard work and patriotism. Finally,
even in an information age, the growth of manufacturing and the
agricultural sector still matters. It is for no other reason that
China's economy has grown by double digit rates in the past 30 years.

Bitange Ndemo's take on Kenyan economy and innovation.

That Bitange Ndemo is the one of the most brilliant Kenyans is not in
doubt. In an opinion piece in the Daily Nation on Monday, Mr. Ndemo
calls for speedy innovations in the Kenyan education system. What he
specifically asks for is for an introduction of an endowment fund to
cater for the bright but needy students. It must be a real shame that
Kenya's oldest schools such as Alliance High school do not have an
endowment fund. Quite noteworthy, the Kenya High school is soon set to
launch an endowment fund that will enable about 300 needy students
every year to attend school on a free ride. Education is one of the
great equalisers and if a way could be found to make the neediest of
students attend school for free, then the Kenyan economy stands to
gain a lot. Our universities too must follow suit and establish
endowment funds that will ensure that needy students are catered for,
and in a way ensure that no Kenyan child is left behind regardless of
their economic background.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

5 Highlights as Parliament reopens.

As parliament reopens, the legislative agenda will be tight and
absorbing. The first issue in the lips of many Kenyans is the issue of
a referendum, and Jubilee, which has a majority in parliament, will
likely argue against this. The issue of insecurity will be a
bipartisan issue as both sides will attempt to ensure that the
insecurity in the country is arrested. Third, the curbing of illicit
brews will be a hot issue, as the deaths in Kapsabet, Nandi and
Eldoret, Uasin Gishu demonstrate. Even then the calls by Cord for
wholesome disbandment of the electoral body IEBC will likely be
scoffed off by Jubilee. Cord has indicated that it prefers that the
referendum be done by the UN, which calls Kenya's own sovereignty into
question. There will also be the issue of national healing and
reconciliation, as the political temperatures in the country increase,
and the need for peace and stability concerns the key stakeholders.
Already, the World Bank has revised Kenya's growth prospects from 5
percent to 4.5 percent.

Is Alfred Mutua's star waning?

That Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has been the most visible governor
in Kenya is not in doubt. He has presided over many projects; the
Machakos park, a chicken rearing program, and a techno city are just
some of the projects that he has opened. And yet recent events do not
augur well for the governor. Of course, there is the well known
opposition from Wavinya Ndeti, Johnstone Muthama, his own Deputy
Governor, and of all people, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
However, while one could dismiss his political enemies as motivated by
envy and lose of the power to Mutua, allegetions of corruption by EACC
put a damper on his otherwise rising star. Even then revelations that
the recent 30km road that Mutua opened is already pot holed, may
seriously dent Alfred Mutua's star which has been on the rise ever
since he became governor. It is a predicament which Machakos residents
should not face.

Is Nderitu Gachagwa and Colonel Rasanga the unsung heroes.

While Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua continues to enjoy all the
limelight as the frontrunner governor, could it be that the media is
ignoring other equally worthy governors? First, there is Siaya
governor Colonel Rasanga, who wants to transform Siaya into a great
agricultural county. Currently, Siaya imports milk, vegetables, maize
and many basic food commodities from Rift Valley, Western, and Kisii,
and this has severely affected the food security of the region. Across
the aisle, Nyeri governor has reenergised his efforts on the
agricultural sector, mainly the coffee and tea sector. Recently, the
Nyeri county government made plans to sell its coffee directly to
buyers in the US, therefore eliminating middlemen and getting more
income in the process. Who knows, in future, the county could sell the
coffee directly to retailers such as Starbucks. If the two governors
maintain on the development path, then they could be first among
equals in Kenya's set of governors.

The success of BRCK shows Kenya's hidden potential.

BRCK, a kind of modem that can be used in rural areas, finally managed
to raise 1.2 million dollars(100 million shillings) in series A
venture capital capital funding. This goes to show the potential of
the Kenyan tech sector. Brck had managed to raise about 170,000
dollars from the fundraising website Kickstarter. Brck's main niche is
to provide internet in areas where the traditional networks would find
it too expensive and uneconomical to lay out an internet network. The
founders of Brck, Eric Hersman- the CEO for the BRCK project, Julianna
Rotich, among others were instrumental in the creation of the Ihub
incubation hub as well as the disaster monitoring site ushahidi, which
which mapped out disasters such as the Haiti earthquake. If the
fundraising by Brck is anything to go by, then the Kenyan tech scene
will have started taking those baby steps to making Kenya a Silicon
Savannah, and perhaps, spread those fruits much wider.

Women getting paid less than men-report.

A new report by charity organisation Oxfam shows that it will take
about 70 years for women to earn the same as men. Currently, even in
countries such as the US, women earn about 75 percent of what men get.
This report follows a report by the World Economic forum last year
which showed that the gender pairity in the workplace was yet to be
achieved. In the report, women in scandinavian countries like Norway
and Sweden had the most benefits, while women in Saudi Arabia, where
women are still not allowed to drive, had the least benefits. Kenya
was in the middle of the charts in the report. However, even then,
there are less than five women chairpersons of public companies'
boards, and even fewer CEOs of NSE listed companies. In Kenyan
politics as well, female representation only increased as a result of
affirmative action.

Kenyan US Illegal immigrants await fate after new law.

Kenyan illegal immigrants to the US may be in for trouble as the Obama
administration moves forward with plans to overhaul the whole
immigration system and make it harder for illegal immigrants to enter
the country. Although there is no definite number on the number of
Kenyans in the US, the figure could be as high as a million plus.
Typically, the most talented of workers, who work through the H1B
visa, a visa for highly skilled workers, will not be affected.
However, it is the undocumented workers who hold the majority of jobs
that will be affected by the new rules. Although the magic of America
on Kenyans continues to wane, thousands of Kenyans still continue to
immigrate to the country. According to the Central Bank, remittances
from Kenyans abroad is about a billion dollars every year, and Kenyan
banks are actively seeking ways to tap into these remmitance
transfers, which have been monopolised by such entities as Western
Union and Moneygram.

Rebuilding the lamu economy.

Lamu was the quintessential Kenyan tourism town. The economy of the
town blossomed, and even though the area still had a large number of
poor people, there was genuine hope that the tourism dollars would
percolate down to the common people. Yet, the images on TV screens are
depressing. Sure, there are delicate matters that no doubt need to be
solved. for example, land remains a thorny issue, something that was
one of the flashpoints in 2007/08. However, even though many have
criticised the government for not doing enough, last year, President
Kenyatta issued title deeds to thousands of coastal residents. Even
more so, the clear sublimal message was that instead of viewing land
as an emotional asset, the area residents must view land as a
productive resource. Insecurity in areas such as Mpeketoni must also
be nipped in the bud, so that area residents feel secure. Otherwise,
mega projects such as the Lamu Lapsset project will be severely
affected, and less jobs and wealth will be created in the end.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Lessons Kenyan economy can borrow from Germany.

Germany just won the world cup, but apart from football, Kenya can
borrow so much more from this industrial powerhouse. The one area
where Kenya could borrow from is the growth of Small and Medium
Businesses segment. So, while Germany does not have as many superstar
companies as the US, it nevertheless avoided a recession unlike the
us. Its unemployment rate, at just 4 percent, is one of the lowest in
the world. Studies have shown that the SME sector creates the most
jobs, not just in Kenya or Germany, but the world over. Kenya should
therefore invest more in this sector. Equally, the investment in
talent and skills is key. While Germany does not have Harvard, it
nevertheless has many first class colleges and universities, which
offer top class training. In sports, this is reflected in the many
youth talent academies. If kenya could implement some of these steps,
then we could see a double digit economic growth, and creation of
decent, clean, and rewarding jobs.

Is Moses Wetangula a changed man?

Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula has always had a desire to succeed the
late Michael Kijana Wamalwa as the de facto western region leader,
only that he hasn't succeeded. So, then who has suddenly inspired him
to have so much energy of late. Remember that he has always competed
with Musikari Kombo for Western Kenya supremacy, although to be fair
the Western Kenya is as fragmented as it comes. According to political
analyst Mutahi Ngunyi, both Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka are in
Cord for selfish reasons, as they both eye the political spoils of
Raila Odinga. even then Kalonzo Musyoka has been a complete
conservative, and for many years, has been at loggerheads with Raila
Odinga. Moses Wetangula has been somewhere in the middle, and even up
to now, minus the referendum, who knows what will be the real sticking
point of the three cord leaders?

Is KCB and Safaricom deal the answer to Equity Bank.

Equity Bank got a license for a mobile virtual network, in effect
jumping right into Safaricom's turf, Mobile money transfer. Mpesa is
the most ubiquitous mobile money transfer platform, but Equity Bank is
set to challenge this. Then enter the Safaricom and KCB deal, with the
biashara club. KCB has the largest branch network in the region, and
by teaming with Safaricom, kcb will benefit from the ubiquity of
Mpesa, while Safaricom will benefit from kcb's reach and credibility,
especially in lending to SME businesses. So, in effect safaricom is
uprgrading from a micro payments platform to the middle of the market
tier, through its Lipa na Mpesa merchants payment system, while kcb is
moving down the chain to tap the 20 million safaricom subscribers with
loans. Equity bank will attempt to do the same things, only that it
will not need to collaborate, as it is now both a bank and a telecoms
company. It will be interesting to watch how Bob Collymore, Joshua
Oigara, and James Mwangi react to the unfolding events.

The Week Ahead- What to expect.

This week will likely be shaped by these defining events. First, in
Ukambani politics, there is likely to be sustained onslought on
Machakos governor Alfred Mutua, who is not only facing opposition from
his long time adversary Johnstone Muthama, but also by his Deputy
Governor, and of late the Wiper Party leader, Kalonzo Musyoka. In the
same rope will be Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagwa, whom we feel has
not had the same level of publicity for his successes as Governor
Mutua. Meanwhile, Cord is preparing to launch a campaign to register a
million signatures for the much hyped referendum, which the party
claims will make Jubilee accountable. Still, internationally, the
leaders of the BRICS countries- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South
Africa, are meeting in Brazil to try and create their own development
bank, as they feel marginalised by both the World Bank and IMF.

What Kenya can learn from Germany's 2014 World Cup win.

Finally, the curtains have come down on the 2014 World Cup. After 120
gruelling minutes Germany finally beat Argentina 1-0, becoming the
first European team to win the World cup in Latin American soil. There
are many lessons that Kenya can draw from this win. It would be
important to note that the the current German world cup team was
assemled in 2006 or even earlier, under then coach Jurgen Klinsman.
The first problem is the poor soccer management in the country. For
many Kenyan soccer administrators, a stint in soccer management is
nothing more than a preparation for a future political career. What
happened to the youth soccer development channels? Too much talent is
being wasted after high school, and it seems that club football has
failed to absorb this budding talent. Even more important, the
players dues must be paid on time. Only then can Kenya hope to qualify
for the 2018 World Cup, and even do well in the tournament.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Why Germany deserve to win the World Cup.

Finally, the zero hour of the World Cup is upon us. Germany and
Argentina it is, and for me, Germany deserves the title. The German
team has been to four semi finals before, and it is time they upgraded
this to a World Cup trophy. I support Germany because they play as a
team, and no wonder they are known as the 'German machine' team. The
youth support structures, and the efficiency of their soccer
administration is world class. Even more important, Germany plays as a
team, and the coach, Joachim Loew, manages the team in a very
technical. While flair is important, in today's game, flow and
technical brilliance are just as important. Sure, Argentina has Lionel
Messi who incidentally has to win the World Cup to be considered in
the same league as Pele or Maradona. However today's football is
different, and I doubt Messi has the same support structure that he
has at Barcelona. It is for this reason that I don't expect his
performance to peak. It is why I expect the clinical German team to
emerge victorious.

Five events that defined the week that was.

With the start of a new week, here are the five events that defined
the week that was. First, the Cord rally on Monday proved to be
something of an anti climax. The Cord leaders certainly did not live
up to the hype. Secondly, Brazil were humiliated twice, first a 7-1
thrashing by Germany, and then a 3-0 drabbing by Netherlands. Third,
Amb. Amina Mohamed was in the US to woo investors, and make the case
that even though there have been insecurity incidences, the country is
still a safe haven for investors. The Kenyan sovereign bond was
oversubscribed to the tune of 700 billion shillings against a target
of 175 billion shillings showing that investors are upbeat about the
Kenyan economy. Fourth, President Uhuru Kenyatta made a visit to
Kakamega in Western Kenya, and assured the area residents that the
region was firmly in the government's radar. Finally, a new revelation
emerged that China had supplied arms to South Sudan to the tune of
nearly 40 million dollars, helping fuel chaos in that country.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Will the cord unity hold?

Many agree that Cord's monday Uhuru Park rally on monday was an anti
climax. The much hyped march to state house was simply not there. In
fact, observers both within and without Cord are asking themselves
what Cord's real end game is. While it is a fact that the country has
many challenges, the question to ask is whether holding such public
rallies is the best way to solve the country's myriad challenges. Even
more so, will cord unity hold in the absence of a real sticking glue?
Kalonzo Musyoka despite protestations, remains a deep conservative, a
position which Raila Odinga has never subscribed to. No one knows the
exact political leanings of Moses Wetangula, although many are asking
who has radicalised him. With such divergent views and opinion, and
with no sticking glue, can the Cord unity really hold?

Spreading kenya's fortunes beyond Africa.

For too long, Kenya has not had an effective foreign. However, the
Kenyatta administration has identified economic diplomacy as the
anchor of its foreign policy. Recently, the Cabinet Secretary for
Tourism Phyllis Kandie was in the us to woo US tourists in the face of
the insecurity in the country. The foreign affairs secretary amb Amina
Mohamed followed suit in wooing US investors. A few months ago,
Nigeria surpassed South Africa as Africa's largest economy. This was
after rebasing that saw Nigeria's economy double to 510 billion
dollars. While Nigeria's investors such as Aliko Dangote are making
investments throughout Africa, we have not seen a corresponding
investment in Africa by Kenyan companies and investors. Sure, they are
spreading their wings across the region, but we feel that they don't
go far enough. In the annual survey of top 500 global brands, there
was not a single Kenyan brand. We feel that for the many Kenyan
leading brands, this is an underperformance.

Why western kenya leaders must wake up.

While the reasons for Northern Kenya underdevelopment are understood
and well documented, for Western Kenya it is not so. While Western
Kenya leaders claim that they have been marginalised in the present
Kenyatta regime, consider that even under the Kibaki administration,
the area had over seven cabinet ministers, and still, they had nothing
to show for such large number of cabinet ministers. So, the problem
then is Western Kenya leaders, than it is with the inclusion in the
government. So, as things stand, Western Kenya would still be
underdeveloped even if there were ten Judy Wakhungu's in the Kenyatta
administration. There are a few areas the leaders must address in
order to realise the potential of Western Kenya. First, the
agriculture sector is failing. Sugar, dairy, and maize farmers are not
paid on time, and most importantly, they do not have access to key
markets that will ensure that farmers have access to an assured
income. After fixing the agricultural sector, the other things will be
catered for.

Friday, 11 July 2014

China fuelling South Sudan chaos- Report.

China has long described itself as a friend of Africa. It has invested
heavily in Africa's infrastructure, although critics claim that the
investment in Africa is mainly driven by China's resource needs rather
than a genuine desire to see Africa grow. According to a new report,
China has been supplying weapons to South Sudan to the tune of 38
million dollars. This is bad PR for China which wants to be seen as
different from Western countries which have been accused of fueling
conflict in Africa. African thought leaders such as Zambian economist
Dr.Dambisa Moyo have praised China's engagement with Africa, but in
the face of growing evidence of Chinese malpractices in Africa, she
might have to change her views. Former Nigerian central bank governor
Lamido Sanusi Lamido, in an opinion piece in the Financial Times last
year warned Africa to be wary of China as it was dumping industrial
goods in Africa. So then, Africa must not look East or West, but
rather to itself.

Why Cord should cooperate, rather than oppose the government.

Throughout the world, missteps by a government are a fodder for
opposition politics. Put simply, an opposition party would be happy to
see the government fail. However, for Cord, it would be advisable,
even wise, to cooperate with the government in its development agenda
to Kenyans, rather than oppose it. First, Kenya cannot withstand the
endless politics in the country. One might think that elections are
being held tomorrow. Secondly, if Cord collaborates with the
government, it will share in its success stories, and claim this to
the electorate come the next elections. While unsitting an incumbent
government is hard, Cord may give Jubilee a run for its money by
collaborating, rather than opposing the government. Finally, by
collaborating with the government, and engaging in constructive
criticism, Cord's leaders, Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses
Wetangula, will elevate their status from mere politicians to
statesmen, and who knows what this might do for their legacy.

Making Kenyan incubation hubs more innovative.

Throughout the world, every major city, every visionary leader, every
sensible government, wants to replicate the famous Silicon Valley in
California, United States. Experts now agree that the conditions in
Silicon Valley cannot be replicated. This means that there can only be
one Silicon Valley in the world, and efforts to recreate it could be
futile. Even then, this hasn't stopped the spread of Silicon Valley
like tech incubation hubs. In Kenya, this is most manifest in
incubation hubs such as ihub, nailab, mlab, 88mph amongst other
incubation hubs. While there have been few success stories such as
ihub's ushahidi, a disaster monitoring site founded by Eric Hersman
and Ory Okolloh, or nailab's ghafla, the truth is that the success
stories are few and far between. The Kenyan tech incubation hubs must
then do more by sourcing for more budding talent and ideas, more
funding for start ups, and more importantly, more mentorship to turn
the ideas into successful businesses. Otherwise, it will all be empty

Thursday, 10 July 2014

What's the end game for cord?

In a rally held on Monday at Uhuru park, Cord leaders announced that
they are ready to take the country to a referendum. The referendum
will ostensibly be because the government has failed to deliver on its
promises. And yet, while a referendum is okay in certain situations,
it is not so in Kenya's situation. Some of the African countries that
recently held a referendum include South Sudan. Elsewhere, Scotland
wants to secede from the UK, and manage its own affairs. Studies show
that during times of elections and referendum, the economy stagnates,
not to mention the heightened ethnic tension that politicians will
likely exploit. This is even as the World Bank has downgraded Kenya's
growth prospects from 5 percent to 4.5 percent. Just recently, Kenya's
sovereign bond was oversubscribed by 400 percent to the tune of
kshs.700 billion shillings. This shows that many investors are upbeat
about Kenya's economic growth prospects. A referendum is the last
thing that will guarantee such positive growth prospects.

Safaricom's battle for dominance.

That Safaricom is the region's most profitable company is not in
doubt. The company continues to surprise analysts with its stellar
growth. In the last financial year, the firm posted profits in excess
of kshs. 20 billion, and also in effect becoming the highest taxpayer
in the country. However, Safaricom's position is set to be challenged
as Equity Bank is set to unveil a new money transfer platform platform
to rival Safaricom's Mpesa. Mpesa acts as both a revenue generating
mechanism as well as a loyalty tool to keep many subscribers locked
in. Currently, efforts by rivals such as airtel, and Orange to have
Safaricom share the Mpesa agents have born no fruit. Also, Safaricom
has excellent marketing strategies, but so too has Equity Bank. While
Safaricom prides itself with such terms as okoa jahazi, sambaza, or
bamba 20, Equity is more famous for the karibu member slogan.
Safaricom then will have to deploy more brains, talents, and resources
to protect its market turf, and even grow its market share.

Surprise, the best city to work in the world is in Africa.

According to a new survey, the best city for expatriates is not
London, New York, Singapore, or Hong Kong. The best city for
expatriates is in Africa. It is Luanda, the capital of Angola. As
Angola discovered oil and became one of the top oil producers in the
world, expatriates flowed to Luanda. In retrospect, several support
service companies flocked in, and the result is that life for
expatriates became smoother. Recently, Angola discovered even more oil
in the Kwanza basin all the way to the Brazilian coast, and this
should again cement the country's position as one of the top oil
producers in the world. However, even though expatriates have first
rate life consisting of international schools, luxury holidays, and
hotels, and exclusive real estate addresses, the life for locals is
still lagging behind. The challenge then for Angolan authorities is
to ensure that the fruits of the oil boom percolate down to the normal
population just as it does for the foreign expatriates.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

South Sudan- Three years later.

South Sudan celebrated its third independence anniversary on
Wednesday. Even then, celebrations in the world's newest country were
low key, showing just how much of an anti climax the celebrations have
been. Since December last year, the country has experienced a civil
war that only subsided recently. The civil war pitted President Salva
Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. The conflict soon took on
an ethnic dimension, pitting the country's two main ethnic groups, the
Dinka and the Nuers. Incidentally, in an interview with the BBC,
Rebecca Garang, the widow to the founding father John Garang, has said
that she did not celebrate because there was nothing to celebrate.
While many South Sudanese leaders may not share her views, it is
likely that those who have been displaced, or lost their relatives,
share her sentiments.

The looming battle between safaricom and equity bank.

Safaricom and Equity Bank are headed for an epic battle for the
control of the mobile money transfer platform. Currently, in addition
to generating billions of shillings for safaricom, Mpesa acts as a
loyalty tool, enabling safaricom to keep its subscribers within the
network. This may change as Equity Bank acquired a mobile virtual
network. What is problematic to Safaricom is that Equity Bank has a
massive spread across the country. It is thought that Equity Bank will
try to convert its 8 million account holders to the new network. In
partnering with airtel, Equity Bank will seek to bypass Mpesa, and
make Mpesa one of the many mobile transfer platforms, rather than the
only one. This could radically shift the face of telecoms industry in
Kenya. In a way, Safaricom took the war to Kenyan banks, and now the
banks are taking the war right to Safaricom's doorstep. It will be
interesting to watch who will emerge the victor in this unfolding

Moving kenyan innovations beyond the hype.

The buzzword in Kenyan tech circles is mobile apps. Many Kenyan
techies are innovating one new app after the other, but the question
is whether the apps are bringing any money or not. While there are
some successful apps such as Mfarm, many others are not as successful.
One definite issue is that Kenyan, or African techies, are not
creating apps to solve local problems. As any business person will
tell you, the true business is one that is built around solving a
particular problem which customers are willing to pay for. Could
Kenyan and African techies adopt this model and stop the copy pasting
of western market ideas? This is the only way they can succeed both
regionally, continentally, and globally, and hopefully, reap lots of
fortune in the process.

What is the future of kalonzo musyoka in politics?

It is hard to exactly place Kalonzo Musyoka in Kenya's political
dispensation. He has flip flopped so many times, that it is hard to
know where he exactly stands on any particular issue. For the most
part however, Mr. Kalonzo appears to be comfortable in conservative
circles. For the most part however, critics accuse him that despite
long stints in parliament and the cabinet, he has not done much for
his Mwingi people. It is perhaps why some are openly embracing Alfred
Mutua's style of politics, which is more development conscious, never
mind the problems that Mr.Mutua has encumbered of late. Still, some
say that Kalonzo may not be too happy with Mr.Mutua stealing all the
limelight. Still, for Kalonzo, now that he is out of parliament, he
must decide which side of the political divide he must embrace.
Otherwise, he will continue to get the short end of the stick at the
end of each political bargain.

ICC Status Conference- What is the future of ICC in Africa.

The international criminal court- ICC, is had had some credibility problems in Africa in the recent years. True, Africa is the most conflict prone continent in the world. There are more coups and conflicts in Africa than in any other place in the world. So, many pundits had hoped that the ICC would at least be a drawback to the many escalating conflicts in the continent. However, the fact that almost all those facing trials are from

What Germany's World Cup humiliation of Brazil means.

Germany handed Brazil their joint worst world cup defeat. A 7-1
humiliation at home. Even if star striker Neymar had been injured and
was not playing, still many fans couldn't take in the result and were
sobbing. There are many vital lessons from Brazil's humiliation.
First, playing as a team matters. Brazil built their team around star
striker Neymar, and when he was injured and no longer in the field,
their inspiration and in deed the whole team, collapsed. Germany
meanwhile have built their team as a machine, where each part
seamlessly fits into the other. No wonder the team is known as the
German machine. It is true that Germany have brilliant strikers such
as Klose, who has now surpassed Ronaldo as the all time highest goal
scorer at the world cup. On the whole, teamwork is encouraged. Yes,
Germany are yet to win the world cup so premature celebrations are
uncalled for. However, just in the way they have played, they may have
ushered in a new era of soccer.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

How Kenyan companies conquered the Eastern Africa market.

Kenyan companies are spreading their wings around Eastern Africa at an
unprecedented pace. Consider that KCB bank continued to operate all
but three branches at the height of the ethnic conflict in South
Sudan. Many Kenyan companies are opening up branches in Rwanda,
Uganda, South Sudan, and Tanzania at fast speeds. At the moment banks
seem to be leading the fray, but universities, media houses and
related firms seem to be following closely behind. For instance, Mount
Kenya University-MKU, has campuses as far as Rwanda. To this end,
Kenyan companies will need to invest in top notch talent to be assured
of this expansion into the region. According to a recent human capital
report by pricewaterhousecoopers-PWC, top talent is getting scarce,
and companies will have to spend more time and resources to nurture
this top level talent. Or as the late great management guru Peter
Drucker says, knowledge and human capital are going to be the only
determinants of a company's prosperity.

Cord and the dilemma of African opposition parties.

Are African Opposition parties in a state of turmoil? Probably. Fewer
and fewer opposition parties are winning elections in africa. The
opposition parties actively need to rebrand. First, they must cease
being viewed as western agents. The funding of the opposition parties
is still somethimg that has not been addrressed. Certainly, this has
made African opposition parties to be synonimous with NGOs. Even then,
African opposition parties have not provided differing policy points,
further making it difficult for them to criticise the sitting
government. Few of the opposition parties have a shadow cabinet, and
this has made it even harder for them to be accountable to their
supporters. For Morgan Tsvangirai or Kizza Besigye, or Raila Odinga
then, the challenge is in keeping the government in check without
disturbing the peace and stability of the country, and more crucially,
without being seen as western agents or traitors.

Making uwezo fund more responsive to youth and women issues.

In the next few weeks, the first batch of youth and women are set to
receive cash from the uwezo fund. The very fact that President
Kenyatta is the patron of the Uwezo fund underscores just how much he
has taken personal responsibility to ensure that the uwezo fund is a
success. However, there are many things that must be done to ensure
that the fund is successful. The first is to ensure that the correct
winners are picked. Studies show that the success of a business
venture depends more on the abilities of the entrepreneur than on the
business idea itself. To this end, more training of the entrepreneurs
will have to be taken into account. This will be especially crucial as
the start ups and new businesses will need proper business records as
they transition to the next stage of growth and funding cycle.
Otherwise, if important steps are not taken, the Uwezo fund could be
akin to throwing too much mud on the wall and none of it ends up
sticking- which would in deed be regretable.

The rise of Alfred Mutua to the helm of Ukambani politics.

Alfred Mutua has brought a new mix to ukambani politics. That of
development politics. For a long time the supremacy of ukambani
politics was between Kalonzo Musyoka and Charity Ngilu. Whenever one
traveled in one political direction, the other traveled in the
opposite direction. But Alfred Mutua has managed to neuter that. Ever
since he was elected as the Machakos governor, he has opened one
development project after another. He has opened the Machakos park,
the Machakos forensic lab, and a 30 km road that was opened just
recently. Perhaps, his relentless record has not exactly endeared him
to many ukambani politicians who fear that he may be stealing the
limelight. Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama has been his most vocal
critic. Crucially, Mr.Mutua chose to skip the weekend cord rallies in
Machakos. Even then Mr.Mutua's style of politics will be closely
watched as he develops Machakos, attracts more enemies, and changes
the very landscape of Ukambani politics going into 2017 elections.

Monday, 7 July 2014

How africa can claim the 21st century.

In the last ten years, the story of Africa has has been changing from
one of war,disease, and poverty, to one of sunny outlook and growth.
Already, the continent is home to six of the ten fastest economies in
the world. Moreover, more gas and oil reserves continue to be
discovered in many parts of Africa, most notably in Central and
Eastern Africa. In fact, the whole of Eastern Africa coast is reputed
to sit on huge hydrocarbon deposits. Therefore, the prudent management
of the oil and mineral resources must be given utmost priority. Some
countries such as Botswana have a budget surplus as a result of the
prudent management of the country's diamond resources. Also, the
continent's stability must be enhanced and the elections times must
not be times of instability. When coupled with solid investments in
the agricultural, infrastructure, health and education sectors, this
should see the continent's millions of people be lifted out of

We are selfish in trying to claim Divock Origi.

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Subject: [The Campus Mirror] We are selfish in trying to claim Arnold Origi.

That African teams performed poorly in the recent World Cup is no
secret. At this trend, it will take ages before any African team wins
the World Cup. However, for many Kenyans, Arnold Origi was the new kid
on the block. The son of Kenyan international Mike Okoth, Mr. Origi
has the talent and temerity to shine in top flight European football.
Even though Belgium was eliminated by Argentina, Mr. Origi's talents
shown through, and he could be headed to top flight English premier
league. Mr.Origi has already attracted a lot of attention from Kenyan
fans, never mind that he is a Belgian, and not Kenyan. Why do we have
this uncanny behavior to celebrate one of our own, even when we have
participated in minimal talent development? Remember Lupita Nyong'o,
no one noticed her when she was at Rusinga School or at the Nairobi
theaters. Even then, why do we seem to have no regard for budding
talent, only waiting for outsiders to develop our talent?

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We are selfish in trying to claim Arnold Origi.

That African teams performed poorly in the recent World Cup is no
secret. At this trend, it will take ages before any African team wins
the World Cup. However, for many Kenyans, Arnold Origi was the new kid
on the block. The son of Kenyan international Mike Okoth, Mr. Origi
has the talent and temerity to shine in top flight European football.
Even though Belgium was eliminated by Argentina, Mr. Origi's talents
shown through, and he could be headed to top flight English premier
league. Mr.Origi has already attracted a lot of attention from Kenyan
fans, never mind that he is a Belgian, and not Kenyan. Why do we have
this uncanny behavior to celebrate one of our own, even when we have
participated in minimal talent development? Remember Lupita Nyong'o,
no one noticed her when she was at Rusinga School or at the Nairobi
theaters. Even then, why do we seem to have no regard for budding
talent, only waiting for outsiders to develop our talent?

Reviving tea farmers fortunes.

In an article that appeared in the Daily Nation, the publication put
the blame of the plummeting fortunes of the tea farmers on the tea
agency. However, we feel that the problems in the tea sector are much
deeper. The international prizes for tea have reduced, and this means
that the farmers fortunes have also plummeted. However, we think that
more value addition of the Kenyan tea should occur. For instance,
there is no reason why Kenya should not market its own tea. This
should see more farmers get a timely and increased regular income.
Otherwise, more farmers will continue to uproot their tea plantations,
and replace it with the fast growing horticultural crops or in deed,
zero grazing.

What role is fit for Raila and Kalonzo?

In the Western World, retired politicians are prized assets. But this
is not because they participate in politics. It is because they give
speeches, teach, and start foundations. Should Raila Odinga and
Kalonzo Musyoka take this route? Many pundits think so. First, this
would raise the profile of both Raila and Kalonzo. They would in
effect become statesmen rather than politicians. In an Africa
encumbered by conflicts, the two cord leaders would have kept their
hands full, and hopefully brought about peace in such countries as
South Sudan and the Central African Republic. However, former
politicians will also need to change their attitudes and view such
roles as enhancing rather than lowering their profile.

Assessing Jubilee's score card ahead of rally.

One and a half years ago, the Jubilee administration rode into power.
It was a culmination of a sleek campaign that had seen the party
elected to power against all odds. Pundits believe that the ICC cases
energised the Jubilee support base, something which Cord had not
factored in its calculations. So,a year and a half later, and on the
day of the saba saba rally, what is Jubilee's score card? For one,
Jubilee has improved the climate for doing business. New businesses
will now be registered in just 24 hours, and the clearance at the port
of Mombasa has been enhanced. Cargo now takes just a matter of days to
be cleared. However, challenges still remain. The laptops haven't been
rolled out, corruption has still not been curbed, and most of all,
stability and unity must be enhanced. However these are genuine
problems that President Kenyatta himself has reiterated that he will
be addressing. What may then be of utmost importance is to ensure
that, peace, stability, and security is enhanced.

How Kenya can lead Africa in Technology.

The tech sector in kenya is undergoing tremendous changes. Perhaps,
Kenya's best known tech innovation export is MPESA, in which at least
a trillion shillings are transacted every year. However, mpesa is not
the only innovation from Kenya. There are numerous innovations that
have sprung up, most notably, in the field of mobile apps. To
consolidate these gains, more needs to be done. One, access to funding
still remains a major obstacle to most start ups. In these, incubation
hubs such as Ihub or Nailab, or in deed, the soon to be disbursed
uwezo fund are to be lauded. In this then the start ups will gain not
only the capital, but also the necessary mentorship and contacts.
Second, intellectual property laws must ensure that patents are
protected. This should see more innovators gain from their hard work.
Most importantly, the universities and colleges must churn out
graduates that are talented and have the necessary practical skills.
Only then will the dream of the Africa Silicon Savannah ring true.

Bringing meaning to national dialogue.

Today, Cord supporters will throng Uhuru Park to hear speeches from
their party leaders. Already, many Kenyans don't know what the rally
will hold, and many will continue to offer prayers that the rally is
peaceful. Cord hopes that it will force the government to act on the
promises it made to Kenyans. Sure, Jubilee made many promises, many of
which are yet to be fulfilled. For instance, primary school kids are
still waiting for their laptops. Also, the construction of the
standard gauge railway is yet to start. However, sober people will
agree that a rally is not the place to solve such issues. Even then,
according to Reverend Timothy Njoya, Jubilee is now distracted as
instead of governing the country, it is now reduced to answering Cord.
This is playing into Cord's hands and the Kenyatta administration
strategists would be better advised to govern the country, even as the
Jubilee party structures look for a way to answer Cord back.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Reviving the kenyan tourism industry.

Even though Kenya is one of the most beautiful countries in the world,
the country still does not feature in the list of top global
destinations. This means that Kenya's beaches, parks, culture, and
most definitely Maasai Mara, are vastly underperforming. Last week,
Kenyan tourism authorities were in the United States urging Americans
to visit the country. So, in a way the marketing of kenya's tourism
sector has been below par. The other issue has to do with the
promotion of domestic tourism. It is absurd that Kenyans don't travel
much in their home country. What's even worse, Kenyans are almost
treated like second class citizens in their own country. In addition
to growing the domestic tourism numbers, the kenyan tourism
authorities must look to the non traditional markets such as China to
guarantee the continued growth of the tourism sector.

Saba Saba Rally- Kenya's economy to be set back.

The World Bank recently revised Kenya's economic growth prospects from
5 percent to 4.5 percent. The multi lateral agency reiterated that
concerns about the insecurity was the cause of the downgrade.
President Kenyatta's administration has put the blame of insecurity
squarely on the doorstep of the opposition, and so, the recent rallies
by cord are the cause of the reduced economic outlook for the country.
One of the top campaign promises for the Jubilee administration was a
double digit economic growth rate. Only such a growth will ensure that
millions of Kenyans are lifted out of poverty. However, President
Kenyatta has made certain necessary steps to ensure that Kenya's ease
of doing business improves. For one, It will take just 24 hours to
open a business, and the access to uwezo fund has been fastened. This
should see more businesses started, and cleaner and rewarding jobs
created. This, plus a stable political environment, should see the
Kenyan economy pace ahead regionally and globally.

Saba Saba Rally- Why Cord has failed to be an effective opposition.

The main opposition party Cord is scheduled to hold its much
anticipated saba saba rally on monday. However, even as cord heeps
pressure on the government to implement its agenda for Kenyans, the
fact is that the party has performed dismally as an opposition party.
For one, the party doesn't even have a shadow cabinet. The party for
instance hasn't even presented its own version of the budget. Of
course the party would want to blame the tyranny of numbers for its
luckluster performance in parliament, but this is a lame excuse.
Secondly, the party has failed to connect with the heart and soul of
its supporters. It shouldn't blame Jubilee or indeed the Kenyatta
administration for its woes. As a start, it should put its house in
order and holding a rally at uhuru park is the place that the
housekeeping should start.

What Raila Odinga could learn from Uhuru's days in the opposition.

When President Uhuru Kenyatta was defeated in the 2002 general
elections, many thought that he was down and out. Kenyatta would then
hold out in the opposition benches, putting the government in check.
Five years later, he did the unthinkable and supported former
President Kibaki's reelection. Granted, Kenyatta and Kibaki have
different styles of governance. Kenyatta favors more stability, while
Kibaki favors economic growth above all else. Governance scholars
however posit that stability is the more assured route to prosperity.
So, what can former PM Raila Odinga learn from Uhuru's days in the
opposition? One, that it pays to be patient, strategic, and tactical.
What if Raila Odinga had taken up a teaching stint at the University
of Nairobi, or a peace ambassador position to South Sudan or Central
African Republic? He would have endeared himself to the public and
even his adversaries would have been lost for words. That way, he
would have cemented his place among Kenya's foremost statesmen.

Saba Saba Rally-Why President Kenyatta must not acede to Cord's demands.

Cord has made it clear that unless the government acedes to its
demands for a national dialogue, the government will have a rough time
governing. This, Cord claims, will reach a crescendo on July 7 during
the saba saba rally. The major issue with this is that cord is in
effect usurping the powers of the executive and forcing a power grab.
The only means to gain legitimate power is through the ballot box, and
this happened last year, and the outcome was clear. If Cord is not
convinced of the transparency of the electoral body, the courts are
always open, and with the ongoing judicial reforms, these institutions
must be strenghened and not castigated. Secondly, if President Uhuru
Kenyatta acedes to the opposition demands, what else will they want?
It is said that give a man an inch and next, they want a foot. Sure,
there are problems of youth unemployment, slow economic growth, and
insecurity. However, such problems are not handled through mass
rallies like saba saba. That must be the lesson for cord.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Why this was the worst world cup for african teams.

Once again African soccer fans have a bitter taste in their mouth. All
their teams disappointed in this World. In fact some pundits are
calling for a reduction in the number of world cup soccer slots
awarded to African teams. But why is it that the African Professionals
such as Yaya Toure and Samuel Etoo shine in European leagues but fail
to replicate the same success for their national football teams? The
answer is poor soccer management, that has seen players dues unpaid,
and shambolic preparation for the world cup. Until this changes, the
hope for an african team winning the world cup will remain just that-
a mirage.

Saba Saba Rally- Five Myths to Debunk.

The Monday Saba Saba rally has no doubt heightened the political
tension in the country. However, there are four myths that must be
debunked as the cause of problems in kenya. The first myth is that all
the fruits of independence have gone only to one tribe- the kikuyu.
The truth is that this is a ploy that has been used by many opposition
leaders to hoodwink the public on their own failings as leaders. There
are poor Kenyans everywhere and poverty does not discriminate any
tribe. Secondly, that the IEBC must be disbanded. This too means that
one is only happy with the IEBC if they are the ones who have won
elections. How sad? Third, that land has been unfairly allocated.
True, land is a sensitive subject in Rift Valley and Coast but the way
to solve it is not through ultimatums. Fourth, that President Uhuru
Kenyatta will be a one term President. This too is false, and in 2017,
there will be major recalibrations that will see President Uhuru
Kenyatta easily win a second term.

Saba Saba Rally-where did the rain start beating us?

One could describe the current mood in Kenya as one of apprehension.
What will happen on Monday during the saba saba rally? It is true that
there are legitimate concerns on the cord opposition side, but really,
Is holding saba saba rally at uhuru park the right forum? Could this
create tension? Absolutely. And the country's business community has
voiced these concerns. The country's economy was set on a trajectory
of 5 percent by the World Bank; but this is set for revision as the
political temperatures rise. Hopefully, the country's business
community will be able to withstand any winds that will arise from the
heightened political temperatures, prove once again the resilience of
the Kenyan people.

Saba Saba Rally-Kenyans must learn to disagree amicably.

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Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:54:12 +0300
Subject: Saba Saba Rally-Kenyans must learn to disagree amicably.

I'm conservative on most things. However, this does not mean that I
don't have any liberal friends. We disagree with my friends all the
time but they still remain my friends. Coming to the looming saba saba
rally, I find two flaws with the rally. One, the rally heightens
political temperatures unnecesarily, which leads to my second point.
The rally fuels ethnic disharmony, which in turn creates political
instability. This is bad news for the Kenyan business environment.
Sure, no one disputes that there are serious issues to be discussed.
However, doing so in a mass action style saba saba rally is totally
uncalled for.

Saba Saba Rally-Kenyans must learn to disagree amicably.

I'm conservative on most things. However, this does not mean that I
don't have any liberal friends. We disagree with my friends all the
time but they still remain my friends. Coming to the looming saba saba
rally, I find two flaws with the rally. One, the rally heightens
political temperatures unnecesarily, which leads to my second point.
The rally fuels ethnic disharmony, which in turn creates political
instability. This is bad news for the Kenyan business environment.
Sure, no one disputes that there are serious issues to be discussed.
However, doing so in a mass action style saba saba rally is totally
uncalled for.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Lessons for Kenyan soccer from the world cup.

Between Maradona,Pele,Messi,and Ronaldo, Who is the world's greatest player of all time? Many list Maradona and Pele since they scored goals for their country, not forgetting the golden hand goal by Maradona. Messi and Ronaldo have not shone for country as they have for club. This may mean that both Ronaldo and Messi shine because of the great support they receive from their clubs and not necesarily because of their individual brilliance,however great it

Africa: The puzzle for investors.

Africa's markets are no doubt fragmented. This means that for an
investor, picking which country to invest in can be a hard nut to
crack. Many international investors however group Africa into East,
West,South,North and Central African region to invest in. For many
investors, it appears that key indicators such as ease of doing
business are key determinants to their investment decisions. For
others, it is acquiring nimble and successful start ups. According to
a recent report, the level of mergers and acquisitions globally was on
a seven year high last year. The key then for large scale and
successful investment in Africa is to find a successful local partner
rather than starting from scratch.

Networking tips for introverts.

Introverts are unique and different in many ways. One, they find the
idea of small talk to be deeply draining. So, in essence, introverts
enjoy talking about ideas more than small talk. So, the key to
networking for introverts is to engage in one on one talks, and to
take breaks in between the networking sessions.

Kenyan Campuses to put an end to collaboration.

The commision for university education-CUE,has published new
guidelines that will see collaborations between universities and
colleges stopped. The commision claims that the lowest unit of
collaboration should be a campus. This is likely to be resisted by
many university administrators who see such a move as curtailing their
growth. Many pundits however claim that the expansion of university
education has come at the expense of quality. In the recent
webometrics ranking of world universities Kenyan universities, even
though doing well regionally, did not excel globally.