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WHY I MAY NOT SUPPORT DOCTOR'S AND DON'S CBA BASED STRIKES

Doctors and Professors are the intelligentsia that should see beyond petty and short term. If they really care we should see them engage on systemic things that help us answer a question like "when did a salary of 40, 000 plus allowances per month for use by one household become peanuts"?
A sick intelligentsia is one only seeing black and white and no grey. CBA or no CBA, the good of all sectors of this economy are tied to having a healthy economy. A healthy economy by all standards is characterized by patient labour. Patient labour is one whose demands, hence the wage bill, do not impede growth and development. While respecting the sanctity of CBA, it pays to appreciate that they are negotiated within contexts and by people whose appreciation of wider socioeconomic issues may be limited.
The sickness began with Mpigs astronomically increasing their salaries, MCAs followed cue, teachers followed then lectures and doctors; not forgetting civil servants waiting …

Friendship, Help in Need and Expectations

Today, everywhere I look, it is #Fakefriends and #RipAchiengAbura. We should know why we have friends and we should also know that help is highly psychological and it does not just come. 
Some friends are purely drinking buddies Some friends are only so because they are work mates Some friends are friends because we enjoy banter or mshene together Some friends are friends because we enjoy arguing together, we have a similar political persuasion or we hail from same village. Some friends are friends purely because we support the same football team All these are friends and they are good to have in your life. Celebrate them and thank God for their presence in your life.
But there are friends who are friends because we stand by each other. Such are the friends you have to know and invest your everything in. Yes, the friends you go to when you are broke and they have the courage to lend you that 500 Kshs.
However, even as we want friends who can help us, let us remember that human beings…

Universal Vs. Targeted Affirmative Action In Kenya

Affirmative action is about giving an otherwise disadvantaged or marginalized group privileges or preferential treatment.In order to empower women and enable them to compete favorably with men in the Kenyan society, affirmative action has been embraced. Affirmative action is hailed because it offers a disadvantaged group the opportunity to develop their skills, talent and acumen such that they can compete at the same level as their more privileged compatriots. The first gender based affirmative action in Kenya was in the education sector where girls are given lower entry level cut off points compared to boys. Through such an action, more girls have been able to join secondary schools and institutions of higher learning .

Another area where affirmative action was deemed necessary is in politics. Women participation in politics in Kenya has been peripheral. Since independence, women have been underrepresented both in elective and non elective public offices. The first election in Kenya w…

Considerations for Agricultural sector reform in Bungoma County

If I were to become the Governor of Bungoma County, in relation to the agricultural sector, my first agenda would be to put in place a robust and transformative agricultural policy. Such a policy would reality but also vision driven.


The reality in Bungoma in the agricultural sector is characterized by opportunity but also challenges. Opportunity is in terms of availability of fertile land, availability of human capital, availability of investors keen on agribusiness and green revolution related initiatives, ready market for agricultural commodities, virgin ground for value addition etc.

Challenges exist due to lack of facilitative freedoms, poor knowledge sharing systems, lack of capacity among farmers and extension workers, lack of access to credit, seasonality of produce, reliance on rain fed production, lack of reliable inputs, market information distortions, subdivision of land, lack of disposable income among farmers, exploitation by middlemen, farmers lacking bargaining power and…

Considerations for Agricultural sector reform in Bungoma County

If I were to become the Governor of Bungoma County, in relation to the agricultural sector, my first agenda would be to put in place a robust and transformative agricultural policy. Such a policy would reality but also vision driven.

The reality in Bungoma in the agricultural sector is characterized by opportunity but also challenges. Opportunity is in terms of availability of fertile land, availability of human capital, availability of investors keen on agribusiness and green revolution related initiatives, ready market for agricultural commodities, virgin ground for value addition etc.

Challenges exist due to lack of facilitative freedoms, poor knowledge sharing systems, lack of capacity among farmers and extension workers, lack of access to credit, seasonality of produce, reliance on rain fed production, lack of reliable inputs, market information distortions, subdivision of land, lack of disposable income among farmers, exploitation by middlemen, farmers lacking bargaining power and…

TEN CONSIDERATIONS ON WHEN TO MARRY OR GET MARRIED

1. marriage is a voluntary institution and marrying is a matter of choice
2. The worth of a man or woman is not defined by his or her marital status; marriage is an institution for procreation and companionship thus personal.
3. Whoever finds a good wife or husband finds a good thing, let all endeavor to find their rib and live happily ever after
4. Poverty is sexually transmitted and marriage and its related responsibilities have been a poverty trap for many. Only marry young when you have a game plan.
5. In marriage like in any other relationship, age is just a number. What matters is the heart to heart connection between the couple and taking care of menopause complications.
6. Being older or old is not synonymous with damaged goods. I know many 30 year old girls who have been late in marrying because they have been preoccupied in education halls or career pursuits. While I know 20 year olds who have been used or misused sexually and are into all manner of life threatening addictions
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DEBUNKING MYTHS REGARDING BANKING AMENDMENT BILL 2015

The banking amendment bill 2015 will help ensure the following:- -Full disclosure by banks so that consumers make informed decision -Predictable rates because one can always know the maximum interest chargeable on a loan at whatsoever bank once one knows the base lending rate set by CBK -Deposits will attract interest of not less than 7.5%
Based on the foregoing, enough conspiracies, myths and fear mongering is ongoing. Some of the key misleading statements being peddled are thus:-
-Capital flight – the straight jacket economists are dreading the flight of capital from our economy as banks invest elsewhere where rates are arbitrary. While such a possibility exists, it is highly unlikely because cheap loans also mean more loan volumes and thus more profits on volumes for creative banks -Low interest rates mean more applicants thus not all will get loans. This is not true; the banks have billions that the market cannot deplete considering that there are other requirements like collateral or s…