mwai kibaki Tributes 

Tribute: In the end, Mwai Kibaki who died at 90 proved to be true to the system that made him

By Patrick Gathara The death of Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s third president, has predictably elicited a lot of commentaries. There have been the usual hagiographic tributes from politicians and newsmen, extolling him as “the gentleman of Kenyan politics”, praising his custodianship of the country’s economy both as finance minister and president, as well as his supposed integrity. But, and this is somewhat rare, the coverage has not been overwhelmingly cloying. Among the gushing memorials, there have been other prominent pieces laying out his record of cowardice, deception and betrayal, his lust…

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Altogether it cost 3.4 billion Kenyan shillings - that is, $35 million, or £26 million. At 10km long, that works out to around $3 million per kilometre. To put it in perspective, the BBC's Ferdinand Omondi in Nairobi notes that this is more than double the amount of money the Kenyan government has put aside for its strategic food reserves this year. It is also about a million dollars more than it is spending on universal healthcare, and three times the amount it has set aside for affordable housing. Story was first publish in 2019, March. Public Policy 

SCANDAL: over Kenya’s border fence that cost $35m for just 10km

    BBC—Kenyan MPs have asked how a 10km wire fence built along the country’s border with Somalia cost $35 million. government had originally promised to build a complex wall to run about 700km (435 miles) along the border. But the “wall”, which was meant to stop al-Shabab militants from crossing into Kenya, has ended up being a wire fence that is only 10km long. Kenya’s parliament has now suspended construction, and is demanding an investigation into the project. What was the original plan? When the plan was first announced…

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News Op-ed 

This only stores up worse trouble for Kenya’s future

Patrick Gathara is a strategic communications consultant, writer and award-winning political cartoonist in Kenya. This week Kenyans are going through a replay of their disastrous 2007 election, only in super-slow motion. A decade ago, the country endured a disputed election in which the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, was running for re-election against opposition leader Raila Odinga. Under intense pressure from the state and surrounded by armed paramilitary police, the head of the electoral commission declared Kibaki the president-elect. (The commissioner would later say that he did not know who had…

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News Politics 

We Are Co-authors Of Our Own Misfortune: PLO Lumumba

Speech by Prof. Patrick Lumumba Intro: Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, [who is on a current visit to Liberia and is expected to speak to his fans and admirers, this week was] born 17 July 1962, [and] is a Kenyan who served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011[2] and is currently the Director of The Kenya School of Laws since the year 2014.[3] An eloquent lawyer, he holds a PhD in Laws of the sea from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He is…

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Kenya coffee earnings jump 17 Percent

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s earnings from exports of its coffee rose 17 percent to $254.2 million during the 2013/14(Oct-Sept) crop season due to improved production and higher prices, the industry regulator said on Thursday. The east African nation is a relatively small coffee grower compared with other producers, but its speciality beans are known for their quality, attracting demand from roasters. Kenya’s Coffee Directorate said farmers benefited from subsidised fertiliser from the government during the period, helping them to raise production by a quarter to 49,475 metric tonnes. Kenyan growers…

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Kenya Airways Upgrading Services

Staff Report Kenya Airways, the national carrier of Kenya is modernizing its aircrafts and upgrading its facilities with the aim of boosting trade and connecting Africans with the world, according to reports. On a recent tour of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport which was a scene of recent fire disaster on August 7 causing a temporary shutdown of operations, the Airport Manager, Edward Kobuthi told journalists from five African countries that the airport is functioning at full capacity, he encouraged passengers not to fear in coming to Nairobi. Mr. Kobuthi described…

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