The hidden baggage of the IMF loan

The government paid Sh273 million in interest for the standby loan to the International Monetary Fund by June last year. According to CBK this was almost double the Sh138 million in interest payment for the loan that has never been disbursed. In February 2015 after Kenya’s entry into the commercial …

Effects of the American government shutdown

22/01/2018 RE: General Notice Due to a lapse in U.S. Government appropriations and in accordance with an instruction from Washington, the American Resource Center at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding. US Embassy American Center Nairobi

Why we should care about Global Inequality

When betting is a business activity and petty crime is rampant enough to require setting up an ‘anti-mugging’ unit then the level of poverty is telling. The Kenyan capital is already crawling with uniformed police since the tense election last year but will now require clandestine anti-mugging unit ‘disguised as …

Ruto bombshell to SportPesa: Paying tax is not negotiable!

After more than six months of lobbying and threats, the Kenyan government has finally answered Sport Pesa – the biggest betting firm in the country. Deputy President William Ruto chose a sporting awards event – the Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) — to tell Sport Pesa that the …

The killings that caused EU to suspend Sh3.6billion conservation funding to Kenya

The European Union (EU) suspended its Sh3.6billion funding to Kenya’s water towers after two murders in Elgeyo Marakwet.  It said the killing of a member of the Sengwer community and shooting of another by the Kenyan Forest Service guards on Tuesday left them with no choice but suspend its funding. Kenya Forest …