Which way for Kenya’s economy?

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By MORRIS ARON

A few things have happened in the last couple of weeks that have sent the right signals to the rest of the economy.

The year 2017 and early 2018 have been tough for the Kenyan economy. Some say that had the situation gone on for another six months, the events of an economy going burst would have led to a civil strife. Prolonged high political risk as a result of the elections led to investment uncertainty as firms generally held back on new initiatives. Liquidity wound up making life difficult for many businesses and households. Those with loans could not service them while those in need of credit could not access it.

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Are our ‘independent offices’ independent?

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The commissions are central to the working of Government under current regime but there have been a number of conflicts witnessed recently.

By KIZITO OUMA AJUONG’

The arrest, detention and ‘deportation’ of lawyer cum politician Miguna Miguna left many Kenyans shocked. The Police Service behaved recklessly, playing a game of cat and mouse with the High Court while breaking a myriad of fundamental provisions of the Human Rights Bill along the way. The reason for this is political interference.

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Why learning is key for economic development

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By MURIITHI NDEGWA

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” This quote by Laozi, the ancient Chinese philosopher, clearly defines the significance of education in the lives of people. The human mind makes possible all developments, from health advances and agricultural innovations to efficient public administration and private sector growth. For countries to reap these benefits fully, they need to unleash the potential of the human mind, and there is no better tool to achieve this than education.

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Touching lives from down up

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Wycliffe Oparanya, Governor, Kakamega County believes that his projects, especially those in healthcare and education, touched the hearts of the most vulnerable in society – the young, the old, the poor and women.

By DOUGLAS DINDI

Healthcare 
is a subject that touches the lives of men and women both young and old. Butit is women and children that are most vulnerable, and whose lives are endangered when healthcare services are poor. When the people are poor, the situation gets even worse.

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Men’s support key to gender equality

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By MURIITHI NDEGWA

International Women’s day, celebrated on March 8, seeks to recognize and celebrate social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women across the globe. This year’s theme -Press for progress – is a call to strive for gender parity. Indeed, huge strides have been made in recent years.

Today, more women are scaling the heights of leadership in both the political scene and corporate space locally and internationally. There is still, however, a general feeling that as much as we have come from far and accomplished a lot in bridging the gender gap in positions of leadership, women are still under-represented, misrepresented and misjudged.

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Boost your self-confidence

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By MERCY MUENDO

We are all born with self-confidence but it often seems to dwindle as we grow older. The people we mingle with on a day-to-day basis, our surroundings, the workplace environment or even everyday situations can break or make one’s self-confidence. One’s job and role at the workplace may present a boost in self-confidence but with work pressure “” and high dem”” ands to meet deadlines “” and targets, commendable performance may not be acknowledged. Having just graduated “” and fortunately in my first job, sometimes the workload may be overwhelming “” and one ends up feeling insufficient, which may affect one’s psyche.

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Redefining leadership

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Leadership is not about the size of your office or having formal authority. Leadership 2.0 is a mindset, a way of being – the way we operate through the days.

By PAULINE MACHARIA

I once had a boss who reminded me he was the CEO 17 times over in a letter he wrote to me. I recall how that capitalised abbreviation stood out against all other small letters in the two-page letter, which left me wondering why he needed to emphasis that he was the CEO.

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Terry, the super multi-tasker

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Terry McKenzie works as an international claims manager with a global health insurance firm, runs an online business called TMHoodies “” and has a consultancy involved in customer service.

By MERCY KAMANA

If you meet Terry Mckenzie “” and ask her, “What do you do?” expect a very long answer.

Terry, a nurse by profession, describes herself as a ‘super multi-tasker’. She works as an international claims manager with a global health insurance company in the country. She also runs an online company called TMHoodies, which makes personalised hoodies for both private “” and corporate clients. She’s also involved in consultancy, “” and together with three other professionals, runs Ackon Consultancy where they do customer care “” and staff training, bills for county government “” and other corporate training services.

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Reading requires discipline

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Loic Amado is the Uber General Manager, East Africa “” and loves a book that will challenge his views “” and give him inspiration.

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1.How has reading been instrumental to your career, personal life “” and contributed to your leadership roles?

Reading challenges me because it gives me perspectives from other leaders; as I read I get to interact “” and debate with their ideologies. Leaders “” and entrepreneurs sharing their wisdom in business edify my intellectual curiosity. It’s always great to relate to some of the challenges that other entrepreneurs went through during the early days of building their businesses. For me, reading has been instrumental in helping me to reflect on challenges that other entrepreneurs went through “” and how I can learn from their mistakes.

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The cost of broken promises

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Purpose to change the future by keeping your word.

By SAMMI NDERITU

It is a new year “” and like every beginning of the year, we all look forward to having a wonderful “” and more exciting year than past one. Promises “” and resolutions are made to others “” and to self; after all, optimism is in the air. However, as is typical of human beings, “laws are made to be broken.”

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