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Tuesday protests: How Google map saved the situation
Watching live TV streaming and events in town, I realised what I had left behind in town. Law and order can easily break down.
By 16 days ago
Tuesday protests: How Google map saved the situation
To pacify Gen Z, we have to right our economic wrongs
No Kenyan is saying no to taxes. They just want to know where their hard-earned tax goes.
By 17 days ago
To pacify Gen Z, we have to right our economic wrongs
A solemn letter from Mageta Island
This island, small as it is, holds a special place in my family, just like the jungles of south East Asia and specifically Burma - now Myanmar.
By 19 days ago
A solemn letter from Mageta Island
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Ten reasons I may just retire to Kakamega town
I got a feeling Kakamega would welcome me as one of their sons. My name rhymes with Ingo. My Kakamega name is Matendechere.
By 23 days ago
Ten reasons I may just retire to Kakamega town
Appropriation Bill goes under the radar amid street protests
The Finance Bill will pass with amendments that excited us. But be sure more financing proposals will keep coming. Most likely through levies which are less contentious.
By 24 days ago
Appropriation Bill goes under the radar amid street protests
Generation Z on the streets: Awakening is about economics
The demonstration over Finance Bill (and surprisingly not Appropriation Bill) is per se not about taxes. It’s about economic suffering. The Finance Bill is just a trigger.
By 26 days ago
Generation Z on the streets: Awakening is about economics
Captive markets revisited: How brands lure customers
Why kiosks at bus stations? Commuters have basic needs from hunger to buying home accessories.
By 1 month ago
Captive markets revisited: How brands lure customers
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Why Kenya's tea plantations can be our Venice canals, Mt Fuji
Italians in Venice are up in arms against too many tourists. In Japan, there are restrictions on visiting Mt Fuji. In Kenya, we are struggling to hit five million tourists a year.
By 1 month ago
Why Kenya's tea plantations can be our Venice canals, Mt Fuji
India and SA: Voter savvy, economic priorities and the politics of coalition
Why did the framers of the Constitution copy other parts of the US Constitution and leave out mid-term elections? County elections can also be slated as mid-term elections.
By 1 month ago
India and SA: Voter savvy, economic priorities and the politics of coalition
Producing something better than being a salesperson
Our emphasis on Technical Vocational Education and Training is a step in the right direction. We need more makers. Shall we buy what they make?
By 1 month ago
Producing something better than being a salesperson
China-US contest in Kenya goes beyond SGR and big roads
US is moving to Chinese space - the tangibles like roads while China is moving to American space; the intangibles such as training, schooling, cultural exchange or teaching languages.
By 1 month ago
China-US contest in Kenya goes beyond SGR and big roads
Tough economy: Funnels on sale is more than hawking
The latest item on sale on Uhuru highway is funnels. We used them to fill up our paraffin lamps. The most popular model of lamps was Dietz. Some youngsters have not seen such novelties.
By 1 month ago
Tough economy: Funnels on sale is more than hawking
US-China tariff war is a global trade issue
Some economists think tariffs interfere with the law of supply and demand. If the prices rise in the domestic market because of the tariffs.
By 1 month ago
US-China tariff war is a global trade issue
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Will Wanjiku enjoy the benefits of President Ruto's State visit to US?
Visiting the USA is an endorsement by the sole superpower. A photo with the US president is not just any photo.
By 1 month ago
Will Wanjiku enjoy the benefits of President Ruto's State visit to US?
Why the age of apartments across the country is nigh
Few can contest the age of apartments here. The greenly might go, but more houses on smaller pieces of land. Is that a good trade-off? Do you live in an apartment? Do you own apartments? Talk to us.
By 1 month ago
Why the age of apartments across the country is nigh
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Why is Finance Bill 2024 so contentious?
It is not written for the ordinary citizen despite the rising literacy levels.
By 1 month ago
Why is Finance Bill 2024 so contentious?
Limuru III is about economic reality
The one man, one shilling anthem is contentious for another reason: it invokes the fear of domination.
By 2 months ago
Limuru III is about economic reality
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Why kiosks could be with us forever despite modernity
Kiosks exist because of convenience and low barriers to entry.
By 2 months ago
Why kiosks could be with us forever despite modernity
Innovation has many foes, are you one of them?
Frugal innovation is more appreciated, it helps us solve problems using locally available materials or resources.
By 2 months ago
Innovation has many foes, are you one of them?
Fake certificates shame our nation
The fake certificates have found a receptive market. Lots of goods sold in the local market are fake, such as vehicle spare parts. The owners of such certificates are part of a thriving ecosystem.
By 2 months ago
Fake certificates shame our nation
Cattle dips: An echo from agriculture's golden age
The dips are a relic from agriculture’s past. Some of the dips were inherited from mzungus who run thriving enterprises in dairying. Remember KCCs (Kenya Cooperative Creameries)?
By 2 months ago
Cattle dips: An echo from agriculture's golden age
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Uji Power: The undying power of Kenyan frugal innovations
I was underage, those much older than me can share the experience of taking chibuku. How did it taste? What was the colour?
By 2 months ago
Uji Power: The undying power of Kenyan frugal innovations
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Floods peeling away at the truth
Let’s accept that coming from a period of subdued rain could have led to laxity. But we knew it would rain, and the weathermen got it right this time.
By 2 months ago
Floods peeling away at the truth
Want to beat inflation? Sell something in the marketplace
And what a better market than WhatsApp groups! You do not need to wait for Chamas or funerals to inform your market what product or service you can offer.
By 2 months ago
Want to beat inflation? Sell something in the marketplace
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General Ogolla: Politics aside, no technology anywhere is fool-proof
His other link to the modern age was his professional background as a fighter pilot and less talked about, his cross-cultural marriage, just like his son Joel.
By 2 months ago
General Ogolla: Politics aside, no technology anywhere is fool-proof
Unearthing the artifacts of WWII: A journey through Matuu and beyond
Thousands of Africans fought for the Empire and played their unappreciated role in turning the tide against fascism.
By 2 months ago
Unearthing the artifacts of WWII: A journey through Matuu and beyond
Ingenious methods of cutting costs in tough economic times
The high cost of living as the shilling lost value and new taxes set in led to creative ways of confronting the new reality.
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Ingenious methods of cutting costs in tough economic times
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Yes, prices are falling but it might be too early to celebrate
If we look at the numbers from a macro level, things are looking up. The shock therapy has worked.
By 2 months ago
Yes, prices are falling but it might be too early to celebrate
Exploring leeward side of Mt Kenya
Embu’s vibrancy is possibly an echo of its days as a provincial headquarters. The weather is less humid and colder compared to the lower parts of Kirinyaga.
By 2 months ago
Exploring leeward side of Mt Kenya
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Lessons from Kamakis: What became of kazi ni kazi mantra?
Who holds the patent or trademark for uji power? Uji power has a predecessor — chibuku, chakula kinywaji. What happened to this hybrid drink?
By 3 months ago
Lessons from Kamakis: What became of kazi ni kazi mantra?
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Retirement age cut a quick fix, makes no economic sense
The basis of retirement should be productivity, not age. We can easily measure your productivity despite grey areas, particularly in service delivery.
By 3 months ago
Retirement age cut a quick fix, makes no economic sense
How graft reeks of colonialism, war
Could we expedite corruption cases like presidential petitions, in only two weeks? The soft and hard approaches should work together like a pair of scissors.
By 3 months ago
How graft reeks of colonialism, war
Like hawkers, we should all have ears on the ground
How do hawkers stay tuned to the market? Experience is one possible reason, over the years they have mastered the seasons and what’s demanded.
By 3 months ago
Like hawkers, we should all have ears on the ground
Let's use science to curb road carnage
If you take the Outer Ring Road from the Thika Superhighway towards the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), you will see how accidents are “created.
By 3 months ago
Let's use science to curb road carnage
There are no winners in graft race
Once corruption reaches a tipping point, it creates a momentum of its own like a forest fire, burning everything in its wake. It’s hard to construct wood from ash.
By 3 months ago
There are no winners in graft race
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Why Kenya should drive on right side of the road like other nations
We shall be closer to the rest of the world. Only 30 per cent of the countries in the world keep left. And only 15 countries in Africa are left. Why not join the majority? 
By 3 months ago
Why Kenya should drive on right side of the road like other nations
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Why predictions of death of brick-and-mortar bank branches were dead wrong
Yet Kenya is opening more of such banking halls with much publicity. Is that part of Kenyan peculiarity or what is going on?
By 3 months ago
Why predictions of death of brick-and-mortar bank branches were dead wrong
Surprises, realities as we struggle to be let free from chains of corruption
Economic immaturity makes us fail to see that money is someone’s sweat. There is some level of immaturity among the corrupt. Add hypocrisy too.
By 3 months ago
Surprises, realities as we struggle to be let free from chains of corruption
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Old is gold: Why there's booming business in old building materials
The old houses brought down to make way for high-rise buildings used quality materials, some imported from India and England.
By 3 months ago
Old is gold: Why there's booming business in old building materials
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Even with all its shortcomings, Nairobi could be witnessing a silent rebirth
Beyond high-rise buildings, we don’t notice the gems that make our city. One easy way to soak in the sites of our city is to walk! 
By 3 months ago
Even with all its shortcomings, Nairobi could be witnessing a silent rebirth
Kalonzo's Damascus moment?
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