Editorials

  • Tread carefully on 'private matatus'

    2 years ago
    In the past few days, urban dwellers have been leaving for their upcountry homes in droves. Christmas is here and everyone wants to celebrate the birth of Jesus with their relatives.
  • Probe BAT graft claims against leaders swiftly

    2 years ago
    Opposition leader Raila Odinga is the latest high-profile figure to be mentioned in the unravelling British American Tobacco (BAT) bribery saga.
  • Ex- councillors’ cash demands unfounded, smack of mischief

    2 years ago
    There is cause for worry when senators back calls for pay-outs to former councillors, completely oblivious of the prevailing economic situation.
  • Striking teachers, TSC should think about learners

    2 years ago
    The teachers' strike enters its third week today with 12 million learners from public schools staying home since their tutors downed their tools when the month began.
  • Protect open spaces in Nairobi estates

    2 years ago
    Property developers have invaded many open spaces in many of Nairobi’s residential estates at an alarming rate.
  • We must not lower guard against terror

    2 years ago
    On Tuesday this week, Al-Shabaab terrorists raided an African Union peacekeepers’ camp in the South of Somalia and killed several Ugandan soldiers.
  • Proposed law to gag the media in the House retrogressive

    2 years ago
    The National Assembly has demonstrated yet again its little regard for the spirit and letter of the Constitution.
  • South Sudanese deserve peace, progress

    2 years ago
    After so many false starts, there is light at the end of the tunnel for troubled South Sudan following the signing of a peace agreement between the government of President Salva Kiir and the rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar in Juba on Wednesday.
  • Hit drug barons hard to secure youths future

    2 years ago
    President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order to crack down on drug barons and traffickers comes at a time drug and substance abuse has devastated many families.
  • Kenyan legislators must stop pampering their egos

    2 years ago
    Our Members of Parliament have once again demonstrated their selfishness and failed the leadership test.
  • Let’s dismantle cartels inflating sugar prices

    2 years ago
    The admission by the regulator that cartels are inflating sugar prices is unfortunate. This indicts the Agriculture Fisheries and Foods Authority (AFFA) for failing to rein in individuals and firms making sugar production in Kenya the most uncompetitive in the region.
  • Kenya National Union of Teachers should call off recent strike order

    2 years ago
    There are disturbing statements coming out of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) with just weeks before schools open for the final term of the year.
  • Publicise Kenya’s taskforce report on GMOs

    2 years ago
    After a two-year hiatus the debate on genetically modified organisms in food is back after the government last week suggested an import ban placed in 2012, will be lifted.
  • Follow the law strictly on Kenya's public appointments

    2 years ago
    The Senate has raised a valid point that should guide future appointments to key positions in Government parastatals. For so long, individuals have been appointed to key positions in public entities only to run them down due to incompetence and corruption.
  • Avert health workers' strikes to end suffering

    2 years ago
    Reports indicate that some 11 patients have died since the latest strike by health workers, including doctors and nurses, began. Nakuru, Nyeri and Makueni counties have had health services paralysed.
  • Punish officers who abuse persons in police custody

    2 years ago
    We welcome the announcement by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet that disciplinary action will be taken against the law enforcement officers who took photographs of some schoolgirls they had stripped naked then circulated the images in social media.
  • Involve stakeholders in vaccination drive

    2 years ago
    The altercation between the Ministry of Health and the Catholic Church over the viability of a new polio vaccine is unfortunate and uncalled for.
  • Athletics Kenya should strive to keep athletics clean

    2 years ago
    The latest doping claims made against Kenyan athletes—although discounted on most counts—should remind local athletics authorities that it has a duty to ensure that our competitors remain squeaky clean.
  • It is time for Kenya to take its rightful place

    2 years ago
    "Kenya is at a crossroads," said US President Barack Obama yesterday. "You can choose the path of progress, but it requires making some important choices."
  • Step up efforts to mould learners

    2 years ago
    Of late, safety and security fears of learners in school have raised concern among many parents and school administrators.
  • State must stop illegal sand harvesting

    2 years ago
    The national government should urgently intervene to stop the perennial illegal sand harvesting in the larger Ukambani region.
  • IEBC must embrace the input of all political players

    2 years ago
    The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) unveiled its strategic plan in a ceremony preceded by calls from opposition leaders for delay of the event to allow for wider consultations and consensus on way forward.
  • Guard illicit brew fight from lynch mobs

    2 years ago
    Cracking down on illicit brews appeared noble from the outset. It was simple: Fire up MPs to lead the crusade in their constituencies and inspire the nation to come to grips with a vice responsible for over 500 deaths and counting.
  • Warders deserve better pay, decent housing

    2 years ago
    Reports that officers supposed to lead rehabilitation of convicted criminals are living in abject poverty and appalling conditions must gnaw at the heart of every Kenyan.
  • Deal a severe blow to this business of death

    2 years ago
    Nearly every Kenyan family is directly or indirectly afflicted by the scourge of chronic alcoholism and drug abuse.
  • Let Lupita Nyongo’s story challenge us too

    2 years ago
    Oscar award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has had a hugely positive impact on Kenyan youth, especially girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Encourage Kenya’s middle class to invest and grow economy

    2 years ago
    A report that Swiss food and drinks company Nestle could be scaling back its operations in Africa owing to the slow growth of the middle class calls for policy makers to encourage this segment of our society to thrive.
  • Mumias bailout in order, but demand prudence

    2 years ago
    There is huge expectation among long-suffering sugar-cane farmers in Kakamega County, after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the Sh1 billion bailout for the beleaguered Mumias Sugar Company (MSC).
  • Don't let club football die due to cash crunch

    2 years ago
    The financial woes facing two of Kenya’s most famous football clubs, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards, are a huge indictment on club football managers.
  • Negotiate to avert strike over contentions on NHIF rates

    2 years ago
    The country could be headed for a prolonged period of industrial unrest if the Trade Union Congress of Kenya (TUC-K) makes good its threat and leads its members on a nationwide strike starting July 1.
  • Heed wise counsel from school principals

    2 years ago
    This week, secondary school principals have been meeting in Mombasa County at the luxurious Wild Waters Hotel for the 40th annual conference of head teachers.
  • Sustain this wind of hope for tourism sector

    2 years ago
    It’s a major boost for the tourism industry after the British government lifted the crippling travel advisory for Mombasa and the entire stretch of the Coast from Watamu to the border with Tanzania.
  • AU must find practical solutions to Africa's problems

    2 years ago
    President Uhuru Kenyatta joins 50 leaders for the 25th African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa with today’s opening ceremony expected to set the tone for the conference.
  • IEBC must be credible to conduct 2017 polls

    2 years ago
    The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has been in the crosshairs of the opposition, which has not forgiven the Ahmed Issack Hassan-led team after losing the 2013 General Election.
  • Restore peace in areas hard hit by cattle theft

    2 years ago
    Several initiatives have been mooted to find lasting solutions to the perennial fatal cattle rustling in Baringo, Turkana, Samburu and West Pokot counties.
  • No harm asking head teachers to be accountable

    3 years ago
    Education Cabinet Secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi, this week gazetted new schools’ regulations that have generated more heat than direction in a sector crying out for clear policy guidance.
  • Kenya: Demolish condemned buildings, arrest owners

    3 years ago
    The tale of collapsed buildings in Nairobi and other parts of the country is getting to be one too many. On Thursday, a building collapsed in Roysambu killing at least four people and injuring several others, even as rescuers go through the debris searching for survivors.
  • NHIF should assure Kenyans of accountability

    3 years ago
    After a protracted legal battle, the revised National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) rates came into effect on April 1. When the new rates were announced by the government last year, the Trade Union Congress of Kenya (TUC-K) went to court to block implementation of the new rates, arguing that health care was inaccessible to most people, besides the fact that there was no public participation prior to the announcement of the new rates.
  • Form One selection model needs to be reviewed

    3 years ago
    In the last week or so, there has been raging public debate on the fairness of the method used to select Form One students to public schools.
  • State jobs must enhance pride in our rich diversity

    3 years ago
    No parent would openly admit to having a favourite child. That doesn’t mean parents don’t have favourites; it just means they are wise enough – most of the time – not to make it obvious because of the problems that are sure to arise then and in future.
  • Absenteeism in Parliament should not be tolerated

    3 years ago
    Last week, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Justin Muturi, warned that MPs who miss parliamentary sessions without his permission or valid reason risk disciplinary action.
  • Imposed car towing fee not anchored in law

    3 years ago
    For many years, it has been the practice of the traffic police to have vehicles whose drivers have been accused of violating road rules towed to police stations.
  • Prioritise use of public funds to spur growth

    3 years ago
    The latest Auditor General’s report has shocking revelations of how the Government continues to pay billions of shillings to ghost companies.
  • Streamlining civil service welcome, but calls for caution

    3 years ago
    On Monday, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru launched the Capacity Assessment and Rationalisation Programme aimed at restructuring and making the Civil Service more productive.
  • Equity in public appointments sure key to happy nation

    3 years ago
    The parliamentary committee on Cohesion is set to commission a study on ethnicity in public appointments. This follows public outcry on the manner in which appointments in the public sector have been going on.
  • Of uncomfortable tight pants

    3 years ago
    Jennifer Lopez probably didn’t expect to be overlooked when she sang at the World Cup opening ceremony, dressed to stop traffic in a spangled leotard with more cutouts than fabric.
  • Shoot-to-kill Bill: MPs should guard the Constitution and do no harm

    4 years ago
    As parliament reopens, we urge MPs to give Bills relating to policing due and special consideration as the consequences of not doing so would be rueful for the country both in the short- and long-term.
  • New rules for PSVs won’t do much to end road carnage

    4 years ago
    It is still inexplicable why the Jubilee Government found it necessary to come up with new traffic laws instead of throwing its weight behind the implementation of the old ones popularly known as the ‘Michuki rules’.
  • Co-operatives best way to get people to save

    4 years ago
    Campaigns by established savings and credit co-operative societies (Saccos) to recruit members who are not employees of their sponsoring companies deserve widespread support.
  • Independence war veterans right to accept apology

    4 years ago
    The names of Gitu Wa Kahengeri, secretary general of the Mau Mau War Veterans Association, Paulo Nzili, Wambugu Wa Nyingi and Jane Muthoni Mara, will remain forever etched in the memory of many a freedom fighter, torturer and executioner alike.