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Bad leadership let down Africa's jewel, the youth
Bad leadership is literally killing Africa’s youth. Each year, thousands risk their lives on perilous escape routes to Europe. Not even the barbaric racism that awaits them is a deterrent.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Bad leadership let down Africa's jewel, the youth
Current pain is not all due to Ukraine, Covid-19 pandemic
The government has been telling everyone willing to listen that the current economic crisis is due to the war in Ukraine and lingering effects of disruptions to supply chains by the Covid-19 pandemic.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Current pain is not all due to Ukraine, Covid-19 pandemic
Should we rethink the degree rule for all political offices?
The ongoing debate about the authenticity of Senator Johnson Sakaja’s degree raises these two important questions. The first would seem relatively easy to answer.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Should we rethink the degree rule for all political offices?
Act urgently to stop ongoing massacre in Kerio Valley
Children have been murdered while tending to their families’ animals. Entire villages have been wiped out in some attacks. Hundreds of people have fled their homes.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Act urgently to stop ongoing massacre in Kerio Valley
Avoid six-piece voting like the plague to get quality leaders
Come August 9, everyone should vote for the best candidate on the ballot for all the six elective positions, everyone should feel obligated to mix and match.
By Ken Opalo 2 months ago
Avoid six-piece voting like the plague to get quality leaders
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What running mate choices tell us about Azimio and Kenya Kwanza
The coalitions differ on whether this will be a turnout or a persuasion election. By doubling down on a fellow populist billionaire, Ruto placed a bet on a high Hustler Nation turnout.
By Ken Opalo 2 months ago
What running mate choices tell us about Azimio and Kenya Kwanza
Scarcity mentality bleeds deceit in alliance politics in leading coalitions
Details of the Kenya Kwanza coalition agreement have animated political discourse for days. Surprisingly, leading lights in the alliance acted like the agreement was not to be made public.
By Ken Opalo 2 months ago
Scarcity mentality bleeds deceit in alliance politics in leading coalitions
Framers of the Constitution intended strong deputy presidents
The framers of the Constitution clearly intended the Deputy President to act as a check on presidential power.
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Framers of the Constitution intended strong deputy presidents
Kibaki's reign was for benefit of wananchi
Kenyans know in their hearts that even the very best of politicians are ultimately humans with feet of clay. They understand that the ideal politicians are those who can conquer their own demons.
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Kibaki's reign was for benefit of wananchi
Politicians need a better grasp of 'legacy projects'
Why should we care about our leaders’ ability to secure their legacy through impressive civic and monumental architecture?
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Politicians need a better grasp of 'legacy projects'
Form One fiasco adds to ministry tattered record
It is unfortunate that the exemplary actions of pupils and their teachers have not been matched by the Ministry of Education in its role of placing students in secondary schools.
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Form One fiasco adds to ministry tattered record
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Last budget show Uhuru spending beyond means
On Thursday the Cabinet Secretary for Treasury, Ukur Yatani, delivered the Jubilee administration’s last budget. The budget was vintage Jubilee. The revenue projections were too rosy to be achievable.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Last budget show Uhuru spending beyond means
Don’t ignore the devastating food crisis in the ASAL
Among those not in acute need of relief, soaring prices are forcing families to spend ever more of their income on food.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Don’t ignore the devastating food crisis in the ASAL
Congo’s entry to the EAC should be a game changer
DRC is a vast country four times the size of Kenya with nearly twice the size of our population.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Congo’s entry to the EAC should be a game changer
Is it just about Raila and Ruto? Why I disagree
Raila, Ruto are both household names and dyed-in-the-wool political insiders. What new ideas can they offer? I respectfully disagree with the cynicism
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Is it just about Raila and Ruto? Why I disagree
Cynicism around this year’s poll is not entirely warranted
The literati should view this as an excellent opportunity to expand the space for policy discussion.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Cynicism around this year’s poll is not entirely warranted
Punish rogue boda boda riders as we ponder our cruelty
The individual perpetrators of the assault bear full personal responsibility and should be held accountable to the full extent of the law.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Punish rogue boda boda riders as we ponder our cruelty
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Uhuru can move fast and still swing the Mt Kenya vote
Instead of being an explosive eruption, Uhuru's Sagana 3 meeting with Mt Kenya leaders and his supporters has been a slow-moving lava flow.
By Ken Opalo 5 months ago
Uhuru can move fast and still swing the Mt Kenya vote
Parties owe us competent leaders for governorship
While voters are the ones who chose these leaders, the ultimate responsibility lies with the “owners” of political parties.
By Ken Opalo 5 months ago
Parties owe us competent leaders for governorship
We could benefit more from politics based on interest
The wisdom of minimalism in campaign branding also applies to policy formulation and implementation.
By Ken Opalo 5 months ago
We could benefit more from politics based on interest
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Retiring governors will downgrade by seeking to be MPs
Joining the Senate would make sense as it is the institution charged with protecting devolution and making it work.
By Ken Opalo 6 months ago
Retiring governors will downgrade by seeking to be MPs
In 2022, it will be hard to herd voters into ethnic pens
Voters’ refusal to be bought and sold in the political marketplace is a great thing.
By Ken Opalo 6 months ago
In 2022, it will be hard to herd voters into ethnic pens
State must get to the bottom of Yala River bodies
These are the tough questions the State must answer following discovery of bodies dumped in River Yala or abandoned at the Yala sub-county hospital.
By Ken Opalo 6 months ago
State must get to the bottom of Yala River bodies
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Jubilee’s legacy of poverty amid huge infrastructure bill
Jubilee’s robber barons have added little value to the economy.
By Ken Opalo 6 months ago
Jubilee’s legacy of poverty amid huge infrastructure bill
Yes, no law can fix politicians mistrust in alliance building
Critics say the Bill is a gimmick to benefit the politicos aligned to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
By Ken Opalo 7 months ago
Yes, no law can fix politicians mistrust in alliance building
This year we should not allow politics to dominate our lives
Politics is merely a means to an end (choosing leaders to implement our collectively determined public policy).
By Ken Opalo 7 months ago
This year we should not allow politics to dominate our lives
Bad leadership let down Africa's jewel, the youth
Bad leadership is literally killing Africa’s youth. Each year, thousands risk their lives on perilous escape routes to Europe. Not even the barbaric racism that awaits them is a deterrent.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Bad leadership let down Africa's jewel, the youth
Current pain is not all due to Ukraine, Covid-19 pandemic
The government has been telling everyone willing to listen that the current economic crisis is due to the war in Ukraine and lingering effects of disruptions to supply chains by the Covid-19 pandemic.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Current pain is not all due to Ukraine, Covid-19 pandemic
Should we rethink the degree rule for all political offices?
The ongoing debate about the authenticity of Senator Johnson Sakaja’s degree raises these two important questions. The first would seem relatively easy to answer.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Should we rethink the degree rule for all political offices?
Act urgently to stop ongoing massacre in Kerio Valley
Children have been murdered while tending to their families’ animals. Entire villages have been wiped out in some attacks. Hundreds of people have fled their homes.
By Ken Opalo 1 month ago
Act urgently to stop ongoing massacre in Kerio Valley
Avoid six-piece voting like the plague to get quality leaders
Come August 9, everyone should vote for the best candidate on the ballot for all the six elective positions, everyone should feel obligated to mix and match.
By Ken Opalo 2 months ago
Avoid six-piece voting like the plague to get quality leaders
Premium
What running mate choices tell us about Azimio and Kenya Kwanza
The coalitions differ on whether this will be a turnout or a persuasion election. By doubling down on a fellow populist billionaire, Ruto placed a bet on a high Hustler Nation turnout.
By Ken Opalo 2 months ago
What running mate choices tell us about Azimio and Kenya Kwanza
Scarcity mentality bleeds deceit in alliance politics in leading coalitions
Details of the Kenya Kwanza coalition agreement have animated political discourse for days. Surprisingly, leading lights in the alliance acted like the agreement was not to be made public.
By Ken Opalo 2 months ago
Scarcity mentality bleeds deceit in alliance politics in leading coalitions
Framers of the Constitution intended strong deputy presidents
The framers of the Constitution clearly intended the Deputy President to act as a check on presidential power.
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Framers of the Constitution intended strong deputy presidents
Kibaki's reign was for benefit of wananchi
Kenyans know in their hearts that even the very best of politicians are ultimately humans with feet of clay. They understand that the ideal politicians are those who can conquer their own demons.
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Kibaki's reign was for benefit of wananchi
Politicians need a better grasp of 'legacy projects'
Why should we care about our leaders’ ability to secure their legacy through impressive civic and monumental architecture?
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Politicians need a better grasp of 'legacy projects'
Form One fiasco adds to ministry tattered record
It is unfortunate that the exemplary actions of pupils and their teachers have not been matched by the Ministry of Education in its role of placing students in secondary schools.
By Ken Opalo 3 months ago
Form One fiasco adds to ministry tattered record
Premium
Last budget show Uhuru spending beyond means
On Thursday the Cabinet Secretary for Treasury, Ukur Yatani, delivered the Jubilee administration’s last budget. The budget was vintage Jubilee. The revenue projections were too rosy to be achievable.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Last budget show Uhuru spending beyond means
Don’t ignore the devastating food crisis in the ASAL
Among those not in acute need of relief, soaring prices are forcing families to spend ever more of their income on food.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Don’t ignore the devastating food crisis in the ASAL
Congo’s entry to the EAC should be a game changer
DRC is a vast country four times the size of Kenya with nearly twice the size of our population.
By Ken Opalo 4 months ago
Congo’s entry to the EAC should be a game changer