Pursue value addition for maximum profits

When I was young we used to learn in school that agriculture was the backbone of our economy. We were made to recite and repeat that statement so many times that it got ingrained in my memory.Though I did not understand what it meant at that...

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The Bane for Farming

Farmers in Kenya are a very resilient and versatile lot. They have a nose for what will work and what will not work. They are also very adaptable to new farming ideas. Yet they continue languishing in poverty. Even their attempts at food crop...

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Public Procurement

The development of the agriculture sector is important for the development of the country’s economy as a whole.Therefore, policies that affect the performance of the sector have important implications for the economy. Among them are policies...

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Financial implications of New Year Resolutions

At the beginning of a New Year, we get the opportunity, excuse, incentive or reason to put together our New Year resolutions, goals, objectives, dreams or plans. At the end of January we have a chance to check out if the resolutions will have been...

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Stop petty Supremacy Wars

Stop petty Supremacy Wars
Sometime back, Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi blasted the Senate as a house of “old people, political retirees and idlers”. Coming at a time when the two houses of Parliament were engaging in a supremacy battle, with each claiming its authority over the other, the unfortunate slur did not come as a surprise. In fact, since the coming into effect of the devolved system of government after the 2013 general elections, the two houses of Parliament as established by Chapter Eight of the constitution...

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Cry, Our Beloved KNH

Cry, Our Beloved KNH
Kenya has many public institutions that deserve accolades for the distinguished dedication in offering services to Kenyans. Tragically, there is one institution which deserves to be celebrated but is often castigated with the harshest of words. Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), the lifeline for majority of Kenyans who depend on the public health system, is always on the receiving end of criticism. Granted, KNH has had its failings. There have been cases of negligence, staff who are utterly heart...

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Slay Corruption Dragon

Slay Corruption Dragon
Kenya is a country where every decision is mainly premised on the myopic baseline of ethnicity and political machinations. Being a country where ethnicity and political inclination have been elevated way beyond cohesion, patriotism and development, every state move is often interpreted on the assumption of “which tribe or political group(ing) is being targeted for silencing”.

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Digital Reality

Digital Reality
It was Benjamin Dana who said that there has been opposition to every innovation in the history of man, with the possible exception of the sword. But yet again Victor Hugo once remarked that you can resist an invading army but you cannot resist an idea whose time has come. Although these two gentlemen uttered these words in different historical times, they must have had premonitions of Kenya in modern times. Over the past two years, Kenya has been engulfed in a raging debate over the digital mig...

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Stop decay in Sports

Stop decay in Sports
This year has started with a major African sporting event. The Africa Cup of Nations 2015 in Equatorial Guinea has in some ways aroused the spirits of the continent particularly for the participating nations. Though it is visibly evident the tournament has lost its past allure, going by the fact that even national broadcaster KBC did not see the need to broadcast the matches in the country live, the event was yet again a stark reminder of just how deep in the abyss sports in the country have sun...

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Adios 2014, Hallo 2015

Adios 2014, Hallo 2015
Trying to make predictions for the future is never easy. However, looking back and analyzing the events that characterised a period gone by, more often than not, leaves a bitter sweet taste in the month. Here is the point am standing at as we prepare to bid 2014 good bye and usher in 2015.

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Middle Income Economy? Okay!

Middle Income Economy? Okay!
Consensus has always been that Kenya is a sleeping giant that has always failed to rise to her full potential. Until slightly over a decade ago, the country was literally on a standstill in terms of economic growth. In recent years, however, Kenya has projected positive growth trajectory despite the 2008 blip.

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We need the Railway, Please

We need the Railway, Please
In recent weeks, Kenyans have witnessed a troubling circus involving the standard gauge railway project (SGR). Since President Uhuru launched the construction of the multibillion project in late November last year, the political and boardroom scenes have been awash with all manners of allegations, accusations and counter-accusations that the project is a mega scandal in the making. Before rushing into the bandwagon of the circus, it is important to be clear of a basic fact.

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Adios Madiba

Adios Madiba
Africa is not known to produce great leaders. For the better part of the 19th and 20th century, the continent was largely notorious for producing despots, scoundrels and outright buffoons. In fact, while most of the forefathers who led bloody battles for independence were hailed as freedom fighters and heroes, majority would later transform to dictators and went to their graves as villains. The exemptions were few.

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Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge
Former celebrated Safaricom chief executive Michael Joseph once described Kenyans as “peculiar” people. Going by the current hullabaloo over the constitution, it is conspicuous that Joseph was spot on. In deed as Kenyans mark four years since the promulgation of the constitution, the peculiarity of Kenyans is in full display.

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