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Kenya in 2023: A case of being in motion without any movement
If 2023 was the year of "finyaa!" and pain for Kenyans, doesn't 2024 already feel like it might be "finyaa squared"?
By Dennis Kabaara 6 months ago
Kenya in 2023: A case of being in motion without any movement
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Forget dialogue, cost of living not about to come down any time soon
From KNBS, inflation came in at 6.6 per cent in December, a fall from 6.8 per cent the previous month and far lower than the 9.2 per cent when the Kenya Kwanza administration assumed office.
By Dennis Kabaara 6 months ago
Forget dialogue, cost of living not about to come down any time soon
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Began as national dialogue, ended up an incomplete elite settlement
It is difficult to understand what Parliament is expected to do with the recommendations on electoral reform, multiparty democracy, new political positions or fresh politically-inspired funds.
By Dennis Kabaara 6 months ago
Began as national dialogue, ended up an incomplete elite settlement
Leaders' words unhelpful if they do not address citizens' worries
Endless naysaying is one thing, but offering a different picture requires real work, and our politics is all about playful sound and fury.
By Dennis Kabaara 8 months ago
Leaders' words unhelpful if they do not address citizens' worries
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Forget the norm, this is what we expect President to address today
State of Nation Address should be different from budget, economic policy or an inspiring national day speech. Reporting must speak to the status of who and where we are as a nation.
By Dennis Kabaara 8 months ago
Forget the norm, this is what we expect President to address today
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Why Ruto's 'tax everything that moves' approach is bound to fail
The everyday Kenyan is fed up watching YouTube and TikTok clips of large motorcades and frequent flyer pictures of leaders escaping a country where many struggle to get home.
By Dennis Kabaara 8 months ago
Why Ruto's 'tax everything that moves' approach is bound to fail
Cut cost of government, cost of doing business to lower cost of living
Fix the cost of doing business. Fix the cost of government. This begins to fix cost of living. Period.
By Dennis Kabaara 8 months ago
Cut cost of government, cost of doing business to lower cost of living
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What tax collections say about Ruto's management of economy so far
We can argue all day long about tax rates, the tax base and the tax menu, but, at what point do we begin to accept that our tax/revenue/debt distress starts with our spending habits?
By Dennis Kabaara 8 months ago
What tax collections say about Ruto's management of economy so far
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Ruto's shifting goalposts, fragile economy and other short stories
Kenya Kwanza's has disregarded the big promises that gave them victory. Ruto's second year in office does not inspire confidence as the economy worsens.
By Dennis Kabaara 8 months ago
Ruto's shifting goalposts, fragile economy and other short stories
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Kenya Kwanza's ever-changing narratives bad for economy, livelihoods
Millions of beleaguered Kenyans are struggling with an unmanageable cost of living in a country where more jobs are lost than created while politicians talk and live large.
By Dennis Kabaara 8 months ago
Kenya Kwanza's ever-changing narratives bad for economy, livelihoods
Tax summit a great idea, but this is what it should focus on
There's need to look at tax policy and tax strategy, as well as tax administration. The government should move from debt-inspired to growth-friendly taxation regime.
By Dennis Kabaara 9 months ago
Tax summit a great idea, but this is what it should focus on
How much will it cost Kenya's economy to end rising poverty?
A different question could then be - is the size of attendance a proxy for the prevalence of poverty; larger crowds where it is more, and smaller where it is less?
By Dennis Kabaara 11 months ago
How much will it cost Kenya's economy to end rising poverty?
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What Kenya needs is not 'nusu mkate' but permanent political settlement
Peaceful protest and demonstration does not equal violence and looting, neither does democratic policing and law enforcement equal beating and shooting.
By Dennis Kabaara 11 months ago
What Kenya needs is not 'nusu mkate' but permanent political settlement
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With tyranny of numbers, Kenya Kwanza can only offer painful menu
In betting on the budget against the economy, Kenya Kwanza's tyranny of numbers sounds like it's business as usual mode while promising economic transformation.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
With tyranny of numbers, Kenya Kwanza can only offer painful menu
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Budget 2023: When rubber meets the road
Fresh cost of living pain will visit Kenyans soon. This could fan public discontent in a way that favours an opposition struggling to keep up with Kenya Kwanza's highly disciplined populism.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Budget 2023: When rubber meets the road
Budget 2023: Rubber meets the road as fresh pain visits Kenyans
There could be public discontent in a way that favours an opposition struggling to keep up with Kenya Kwanza's highly disciplined populism
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Budget 2023: Rubber meets the road as fresh pain visits Kenyans
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The Sh210b back story largely ignored in this year's budget
The Budget 2023 has run for 217 days, or 31 weeks, since the process was launched by the Treasury CS on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
The Sh210b back story largely ignored in this year's budget
Get ready for intriguing figures, roles and noisy budget making
This noisier-than-usual budget season has offered Kenyans a civic education moment on "bread and butter issues" beyond complexities like the Constitution or BBI.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Get ready for intriguing figures, roles and noisy budget making
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Use the budget season to show Kenyans how to revive economy
What we need is explanation of the debt management strategy, realistic revenue plan and programmatic spending plan
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Use the budget season to show Kenyans how to revive economy
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Tricky balance: Why 'maandamano' is Ruto's leadership test moment
Azimio has demonstrated that they can shut down anything up to a third of the economy in next to no time. Ruto needs to take charge. In case he doesn't get it, he is the President.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Tricky balance: Why 'maandamano' is Ruto's leadership test moment
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The real cost of Azimio protests is more than Sh10 billion a day
For the government to deliver on its mandate, we only need the leader. All else is detail. This administration is facing a much larger task than they anticipated on the campaign trail.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
The real cost of Azimio protests is more than Sh10 billion a day
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Kenya Kwanza is operating as if it will be first-ever one term deal
The policy thinking that their campaign manifesto offered has now been reduced to transactions. It remains beyond comprehension that we actively and passively refuse to address public spending.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Kenya Kwanza is operating as if it will be first-ever one term deal
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Kenya needs BBI back on the table not handshake to solve issues
But we cannot afford another handshake if we wish for a truly democratic and accountable state. The current divide does not represent our long-term aspirations to be a true and proper nation.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Kenya needs BBI back on the table not handshake to solve issues
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What data tells us about Kenya as a company
Much of what we have heard over the past six months from Kenya Kwanza is plenty of moaning. When we get to the food poverty count the tables dramatically turn.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
What data tells us about Kenya as a company
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DP's utterances show Kenya Kwanza wants nation to remain in poll mode
Gachagua has shown one of his key roles as being to protect and promote those who voted for the Kenya Kwanza as priority preference shareholders in our national schema of development.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
DP's utterances show Kenya Kwanza wants nation to remain in poll mode
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Parliament must look at State's plans first, then budgets follow
Nobody wants to consider the irony that every CDF activity is a response to wider institutional failure. I've never understood how Parliament approves budgets without considering underlying plans.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Parliament must look at State's plans first, then budgets follow
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Privatisation talk: The devil is in the detail
Between 2003 and 2008, privatisation happened in six entities, comprising four IPOs. The law is a good start, back-up policy might help but it is implementation that will matter.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Privatisation talk: The devil is in the detail
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Ensuring equity, fairness best starting point for our tax regime
In the technical long-term that is government, debt represents future taxes, so a past decade of borrowing had sadly left us busy "kicking the can down the road".
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Ensuring equity, fairness best starting point for our tax regime
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A better take at Huduma Namba is not short-term fix for Kenyans
Ruto has a responsibility to build on what has worked in the past, and fix what failed, or is failing. A view that takes us from Huduma Namba to Umoja Kenya does a couple of interesting things.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
A better take at Huduma Namba is not short-term fix for Kenyans
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Bottom-up: Reality check in Kenya Kwanza's first budget policy plan
The real question for Kenyans is not if, but how, the "bottom-up" platform has translated into actionable policies, plans, programmes and projects that precede the budget and its implementation.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Bottom-up: Reality check in Kenya Kwanza's first budget policy plan
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No need to light many fires, Kenya's problem isn't economic, it's societal
At an advanced level in the future, we might progress from storytelling to scenario building. Let's try this with the picture that KNBS is painting for us.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
No need to light many fires, Kenya's problem isn't economic, it's societal
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Changes for IEBC are about next elections not our next generation
If our political leadership offers fantastically contrasting views on the 2022 presidential elections, we are not in LA Law territory - we are watching Vioja Mahakamani.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Changes for IEBC are about next elections not our next generation
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Taxation: Why Kenyan goose should be plucked gently
The conversation about taxes is not a conversation about government, but one about citizens and businesses as taxpayers.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Taxation: Why Kenyan goose should be plucked gently
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We need an 'all hands on deck' moment to build Kenya we want
Why all of this stuff we stress ourselves about on economic recovery, bottom-up hustlers, universal incomes and health and the like really matter?
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
We need an 'all hands on deck' moment to build Kenya we want
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Issues to ponder over as mid-term budget hearings are held this week
Dennis Kabaara asks pertinent questions as mid-term budget hearings start.
By Denis Kabaara, Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Issues to ponder over as mid-term budget hearings are held this week
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New Budget: Where the rubber meets the road for Ruto projects
The best and finest policies and plans have always met "earth is hard" reality at budget stage.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
New Budget: Where the rubber meets the road for Ruto projects
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Analysis: To fix the economy, Ruto should first fix his government
President Ruto doesn't decide society, and he only indirectly runs the economy through policy action
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Analysis: To fix the economy, Ruto should first fix his government
2023: This is the language that will build a new Kenya
Some of these words or phrases/buzz phrases will be familiar to readers in one form or another, but others are completely original imaginations and word combinations.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
2023: This is the language that will build a new Kenya
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Time to ask: Has devolution era contributed to better outcomes?
There is an added complication around political parties, particularly for independents, but also for "minority" governors facing "opposing" county assembly majorities.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
Time to ask: Has devolution era contributed to better outcomes?
100 days is too short a time to gauge the Ruto administration
We still do not have a publicly known economic, and fiscal, framework 100 days into office. I still insist, for the record, that this 100-day metric is an irritating false flag.
By Dennis Kabaara 1 year ago
100 days is too short a time to gauge the Ruto administration
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