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The Nairobi Expressway; is it the last frontier in privatisation?
Privatisation worked elsewhere, leading to competition, efficiency and innovation. It is feared that in Africa it will make exclusion easier.
By XN Iraki 10 days ago
The Nairobi Expressway; is it the last frontier in privatisation?
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Presidential debates are over but this is what they left out
The debates were too dry. No running mate or presidential candidate made a memorable joke? Is humour disallowed in such debates?
By XN Iraki 11 days ago
Presidential debates are over but this is what they left out
Letter from Shamakhokho and its entrepreneurship
Visiting Shamakhokho and Navakholo left me convinced there are still innocent regions in this country, with cultures not too contaminated by modernity.
By XN Iraki 15 days ago
Letter from Shamakhokho and its entrepreneurship
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The economics, politics and reality of subsidies in Kenya
If the suppliers are getting a subsidy higher than what they would get in the open market, and are paid, they will keep producing or distributing.
By XN Iraki 16 days ago
The economics, politics and reality of subsidies in Kenya
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My silent fears ahead of August 9 polls
The next giant leap is making economics the main issue of the General Election, which we must add is forced by circumstances like the Ukrainian war, Covid-19 joblessness and unfavourable weather.
By XN Iraki 18 days ago
My silent fears ahead of August 9 polls
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Why no country is immune to what has befallen Sri Lanka
Iraki hopes the winners of the August 9 polls will go beyond promises and implement their manifestos, and citizens will feel growth as we did during the Kibaki era.
By XN Iraki 23 days ago
Why no country is immune to what has befallen Sri Lanka
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How to cheer up Kenyans during hard economic times
The hard economic times and electioneering period are putting lots of pressure on families, individuals and even our generosity, going by the number of WhatsApp fundraisers.
By XN Iraki 23 days ago
How to cheer up Kenyans during hard economic times
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Polls: Why the country is torn between the old and new order
Despite the public display of differences, both Azimio la Umoja One Kenya and Kenya Kwanza coalitions have a lot in common. Who will bring the economic change?
By XN Iraki 25 days ago
Polls: Why the country is torn between the old and new order
What informal markets can teach your business
The size of business premises also matters. There are big ones with permanent structures while most are made of wood or other light materials.
By XN Iraki 29 days ago
What informal markets can teach your business
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The hidden agenda behind Kenyans' love for schooling
Why and how do such men and women with such heavy responsibilities get time to study?  
By XN Iraki 30 days ago
The hidden agenda behind Kenyans' love for schooling
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Why Russia's war in Ukraine could reshape the world order
The West’s intelligence community got it right, predicting that Russia would invade Ukraine. What of Russia’s intentions? What is Russia after?
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Why Russia's war in Ukraine could reshape the world order
Building more trust cuts the cost of doing business
Think of the number of people who earn their living because of a lack of trust.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Building more trust cuts the cost of doing business
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Why can't Africans learn from Japan, S. Korea and China?
Why has Africa not followed the Chinese, Korean or Japanese way to transform itself? Is the continent not free to chart its own path with age-old institutions like the African Union?
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Why can't Africans learn from Japan, S. Korea and China?
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CBC: Never mind colour of the cat so long as it catches mice
CBC, we are told, will mute our exam orientation. We shall focus on a student’s competence and develop it. But competencies are funded.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
CBC: Never mind colour of the cat so long as it catches mice
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Ingenious ways businesses are coping with high living cost
The price of basic commodities keeps rising while our wages and salaries stagnate.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Ingenious ways businesses are coping with high living cost
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Ukraine war brings echoes of the 1970s global oil shock
Today’s war in Ukraine has led to another oil crisis incorporating gas, which is piped to western Europe.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Ukraine war brings echoes of the 1970s global oil shock
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Why degree certificate faces bleak future
It exposed deeper issues than the degree certificates and where they are got from. So fixated on the degree and its holder, we could easily skirt the key issues and undercurrents.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Why degree certificate faces bleak future
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Is end of permanency nigh as shortage of open spaces bite?
Permanent structures become a problem when you want to change their use or even sell them.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Is end of permanency nigh as shortage of open spaces bite?
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ICT Bill: Do not stifle innovation
Kenyans should be aware that many “mischievous” Bills are sneaked in when the parliamentary term is about to end; when we are not keen and are intoxicated by elections.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
ICT Bill: Do not stifle innovation
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How the price of a degree fell and rose
Covid-19 also shifted graduation online, removing lots of “witnesses.” We are describing the golden age of few graduates who easily got jobs and enjoyed lots of prestige.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
How the price of a degree fell and rose
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Worried over high fertiliser prices? go organic farming
Our farmers should not lose sleep over high fertiliser prices. It’s an opportunity to shift to a more lucrative market.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Worried over high fertiliser prices? go organic farming
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Nigeria's financial muscle could make it a superpower
Nigerians have bought another Kenyan bank, Sidian when the ink on the acquisition of Transnational Bank by the same country had not yet dried.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Nigeria's financial muscle could make it a superpower
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Why emotions overwhelmed economics on mitumba debate
The only other time the mitumba debate was this emotive was when the media reported that a Chinese man was selling mitumba somewhere in Gikomba.
By XN Iraki 1 month ago
Why emotions overwhelmed economics on mitumba debate
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Azimio la Umoja manifesto a fair attempt, but lacks fine details
The top page of Azimio manifesto espouses the Kenyan dream.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Azimio la Umoja manifesto a fair attempt, but lacks fine details
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The tragedy of being a Kenyan farmer
We hope farmers will get a fair return for their honest work and be proud of their work, not wallow in self-pity. They should get their money on the spot, not later. 
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
The tragedy of being a Kenyan farmer
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Economics of climatic change: No longer remote, let's timely tame it
The COP26 meeting last year in Glasgow, Kyoto Protocol and Paris Accords before that demonstrate that climate change has become a global issue threatening our livelihoods and security.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Economics of climatic change: No longer remote, let's timely tame it
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Public debt: What's the ideal level?
The debt ceiling should not be an absolute figure but a percentage of GDP.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Public debt: What's the ideal level?
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Time to face economic reality after choosing running mates
Does William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza have a counter move? How many Trojan horses are in each political camp?
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Time to face economic reality after choosing running mates
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Why school mid-terms are the new economic stimulus
Students are the only Kenyans smiling amidst rising fuel prices. After all, at this age, one is shielded from the economic realities.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Why school mid-terms are the new economic stimulus
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Capping visitors to key parks: Invaluable lessons for State
The parks where capping could apply include Nakuru, Maasai Mara, Nairobi and Amboseli. They are among the most popular with both local and foreign tourists.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Capping visitors to key parks: Invaluable lessons for State
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After roads, let next project touch hearts
The next national project should touch the heart and soul of the nation. It should be more like jihad or a crusade, transforming our thinking and shoring up our national confidence.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
After roads, let next project touch hearts
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How the handout economy is fueling Kenya's inflation
My biggest economic worry is that giving free money with no commensurate productivity leads to inflation. 
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
How the handout economy is fueling Kenya's inflation
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The Nairobi Expressway is great, now let's look beyond the beauty
By building this road, we can now focus on bolder projects, maybe a triple-decker road. The expressway leaves no doubt that our national dreams are valid.  
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
The Nairobi Expressway is great, now let's look beyond the beauty
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Battle of presidential running mates and spheres of influence
The Raila-Karua ticket was not a big surprise. It was long expected. There was no spike in the stock market index. There is a belief that she will bring in women’s votes.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Battle of presidential running mates and spheres of influence
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Why men should go to space
In my recent walk, I noted women have taken over the shoe-shining business. On the golf course, they have taken over caddying.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Why men should go to space
Why the role of technical institutions in innovation cannot be gainsaid
TVET institutions produce the doers, who actualise the ideas from research labs. Our students are opting to go to TVETs instead of university. That is something to celebrate.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Why the role of technical institutions in innovation cannot be gainsaid
Besides China, Kenya has other big market options in the East
China quickly relaxed its image as a communist state and is now better known for unprecedented economic growth, as the workshop of the world and the epicentre of the deadly Covid-19.
By XN Iraki 2 months ago
Besides China, Kenya has other big market options in the East
Shrinking public spaces sign of our lack of ambitions
Counties should spare open spaces. It will be needed for public facilities from schools, parks,  stadiums and arboretums as well as golf courses.
By XN Iraki 3 months ago
Shrinking public spaces sign of our lack of ambitions
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Raising the minimum wage can only go so far in cushioning poor workers
On the basis that it covered the inflation rate, it was a good increment. Our wages and salaries should be indexed to inflation to protect our purchasing power.
By XN Iraki 3 months ago
Raising the minimum wage can only go so far in cushioning poor workers
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Meet colonial-era cooks and farmhands who hold Kenya's rich history
They did not go to the battle front. They remain in the shadows but hold the secret to colonialism. They are the men and women who worked for the Mzungu during the colonial era.
By XN Iraki 3 months ago
Meet colonial-era cooks and farmhands who hold Kenya's rich history
Report reveals how persons living with disability voted
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