Protecting our Labour

At the end of the day a country is build on the backs of labour. Policy and governance are tools towards the creation of a labour enabling environment from which the people can find a way to maximize the fruit of their labour. In this way, the organisation of labour cannot be divorced from organized…

Creating hope (or, when rage becomes the norm)

“You will begin to forgive when you understand the many ways in which the world has killed those who try to survive it.” Where it hurts “We’re not evolving emotional filters fast enough to deal with the efficiency with which bad news now reaches us” Teju cole It’s easy to lose hope these days. Especially…

Rafiki – A Kenyan Love Story

by Sheena M I arrived about 20 minutes early, and already there was a large gathering waiting to see Rafiki. The moment I walked into the waiting area at Prestige Plaza cinemas, I felt the stares. We were all sizing each other up. Who are you? Do I know you? Are you a threat? Do…

Falling Stories

You cannot see it but the jacaranda trees are flowering each blossom an insurgent against the sameness of life Soon the streets will be a revolution of colour suffused with a tangible tenderness Fight, grandma, fight It’s worth the struggle to witness next season’s lilac uprising.   Phyllis Muthoni   It’s September and the Jacarandas…

When survival is the only option

Ed’s note: On the eve of publishing this piece the governor of Nairobi found 12 bodies of infants hidden in boxes in Pumwani hospital.  Rationally, I think it’s more profitable for this country if I stay breathing. I was – until recently – gainfully employed. A large chunk of that salary went to various government…

Odds on Stocks

“We are doing these things because, if you look at the budget for this year, revenue- in the best scenario is going to be about 1.3 trillion shillings… on your budget, the first claim to budget interest – 400 billion, salaries close to 500 billion, pensions 100 billion – that’s a trillion. You now have…

The Devil is in the Data

by Robert Munuku Africa has been the hub of a rich cocktail of resources from potent extractive mineral deposits to diverse tourism-attracting flora and fauna coupled with tropical climate that supports agriculture – the backbone of many Sub-Saharan African economies. Many of these economies are making major gains in growth bolstered by substantial development in…

Changing Landscapes

“The thing about saying something is happening is that change comes to everyone in its own time. And so to say that something is happening is to forget the millions that it is yet to happen to. It is to forget those who will die before that thing happens. And if the thing that was…

Democracy and Development

The simplest definition of democracy is one given by Abraham Lincoln, a former president of the USA: democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people. It is all about the people. It sounds better than other forms of government, such as monarchy, in which a single family rules from generation…

Kenya’s Media Problem

by Robert Munuku When I turn on the television, I am not sure whether I am watching the news or a travesty of the same in the name of a glorified show of beautiful men and women dressed up in dashing tunics and layers of make-up smiling before our screens telling us what we should…