Kenya

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Bulla Karatasi: The Forgotten Massacre

On November 9th, 1980, something happened in a village in Garissa county that forever changed not just the history of the local population and scarred them emotionally for life, how it was handled was to come to characterize the entire nation’s treatment of a region that has, since independence, struggled to identify with the rest of the country. Read More

Within These Walls

Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youths aged between 15-29 years, according to the World Health Organization. Close to 800,000 deaths every year are as a result of suicides. That translates to about one death every 40 seconds. Read More

Africa’s Troubling External Debt

Institute of Economic Affairs CEO Kwame Owino has previously told us that Kenya overloaded on debt by borrowing heavily from outsiders – through several sovereign bonds as well as through loans from foreign governments. What’s the situation like in Africa? He explains in this last segment of John-Allan Namu’s detailed conversation with him. Read More

David Ndii: The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Does Not Make Any Sense

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has just jetted back into the country fresh from the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that brought together all of the continent’s heads of state and government to China’s seat of power, Beijing. At the forum, Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which was unveiled in 2017, was hailed as one of the successes of China’s long-standing relationship with Africa. Read More

Can Kenya Live Within its Means?

In an earlier piece where Institute of Economic Affairs CEO Kwame Owino breaks down Kenya’s debt as if he was explaining it to a teenager, he notes that for every 100 shillings held by Kenyans, 60 shillings go towards servicing debt. The question, then, becomes, can the country survive on the remaining 40 shillings? Read More

Paid to Play: The Rise of Professional Video Gaming in Kenya

“As of July 2018, more money has been spent on Gaming—in all its forms and formats—than any other kind of entertainment on the planet. It’s a massive industry worth almost 3 times as much as the movie industry,” notes the Liftoff 2018 Mobile Gaming Apps Report. Read More

Suspension of 16% VAT on Fuel: Delaying the Pain

The High Court, sitting in Bungoma, has temporarily suspended the implementation of the 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) on petroleum products following a petition filed by youth in Bungoma county. Read More

Kwame Owino: Kenya Overloaded With Debt

In a sit-down with Africa Uncensored‘s John-Allan Namu, economist David Ndii stated that Kenya is broke. Is it? Read More

Kenya’s Ballooning National Debt Explained

The coming into effect of the 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) on petroleum products in early September has ignited a nationwide debate on Kenya’s increasing debt which is both internal as well as external. Read More

Kenya’s Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Burden

Kenya’s growing burden of drug resistant Tuberculosis is exerting a significant strain on the country’s economy and the health of the patients. Read More

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