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LONG TERM POLICY FOCUS NEEDED TO DRIVE NEW KENYA

Former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph once said that Kenyans have peculiar habits. And nowhere in Nairobi is our peculiarity more pronounced than on social media. The digital culture that has slowly but surely taken over most national conversations is vicious and astounding at the same time.

Using hash tags and blazing keyboards to ensure that Kenya is discussed fairly and with respect in the online market, Kenyans on Twitter better known as #KOT are a growing phenomenon born out of the social media boom in the pulsating Kenyan economy in an increasingly crowded online universe.

Media giant CNN found itself on the wrong side of #KOT last week when they called Kenya a hotbed of terror. #SomeoneTellCNN trended for a little over a day with Kenyans roasting CNN for the seemingly offensive tagline. To add to the action was the responsive hash tag #GESKenya2015 covering the successful sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) that by extension holds a world of promise for the country’s unrelenting entrepreneurial spirit.

POTUS ‘s visit is a key moment in Kenya’s history to renew the right kind of international support for citizen-led development.

In the wake of this new maximum gain, Kenya has continually been highly regarded as a country on the move. Capable of building a firm, irreversible alignment to progress so as to achieve sustainable development that Kenya boasts of as a fast rising economy .

However the big question is: How does Kenya navigate towards further benefits to take on the world after GES? Does Kenya have what it takes to sustain its rapid growth? Can the country and its leadership steer towards modern economic structures that focus on technology driven markets and redefine our reliance on traditional commodity markets?

It’s no doubt that Kenya has the power to tap, greatly into its own innovative revolution that can place her on the world map; M-Pesa is one of those innovative ideas among many others being injected into the market.

Imposing opportunities that can be availed to our able youths and women also hold great potential to transform the entrepreneurship industry enormously. By incorporating women and youth the nation will steer towards a devolved connection throughout the country – from the government quarters to the grass root level so as to connect new technologies to diffuse executive powers while laying a much needed emphasis on the integrity of leaders and governance institutions taking centre stage.

Also, accountability efforts by civil societies and think tanks must be expanded dramatically. With an extra caution to avoid a repeat of past mistakes of lionizing specific leaders or regions as President of the United States Barack Obama’s warned so as its easier for Kenyans to hold dormant leaders to account.

POTUS ‘s visit is a key moment in Kenya’s history to renew the right kind of international support for citizen-led development. Start ups of initiatives that will boost vital sectors such as business, technology, health, education, agriculture among others are welcome .They will offer great potential to reinvigorate Kenya to reach its maximum potential to become a thriving Investment Hub.

However as Kenya looks forward to reap from the global summit an emerging challenge weighs on our part. To tap into our profound potential we require a long term policy focus and a redefined management strategy. Vision 2030 is not too far from our reach but as the evil hand of corruption continues to linger unchecked our country’s economic mission will remain disrupted.

This article was published on the People Weekend Newspaper 1-2, August 2015

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EMPOWER BOY-CHILD TO STRENGTHEN FUTURE FATHERS.

Fathers day is celebrated globally to appreciate the role of fathers and father figures in shaping lives of children and the family in general.

Nevertheless, reflecting on current trends such celebrations could die in the near future.

Over the years a lot has been done to give the girl child her voice. Groups and activists have focused on empowering the girl-child achieve her potential especially in education and job market with varying results.

However, in the process of lifting the girl child the boy child has been left lagging behind.

Instead of initiating an inclusive approach that recognizes the input of both genders. boys and men have been placed sidelined in the girl-child empowerment initiatives; consequently creating imbalance in family set-up and society in general.

We now have a scenario where the girl child is excelling in education, employment opportunities as the boy-child tries to find his place in society.

Women and girls in Africa are given first priority when scholarships are awarded.Besides they are constantly mentored through rigorous initiatives that have been raised globally.

Like a success story we have all observed an extraordinary shift in the way people think about the girl child and witnessed the impeccable influence that various remarkable solutions have impacted to give her the unprecedented independence that bOY2had for so long been neglected.

Its in fact a deplorable discussion that calls are being raised to ’empower’ the boy child but if empowerment programs continue neglecting the boy child frustration may push him to join dangerous underground criminal activities.We are sitting on a time-bomb.

Sadly, the boy child has been left to choose his future and chart his own course without much guidance from the environment.He has been placed at the peripheries of the girl-child’s profound advancement leaving them excluded in addressing central issues lurking in the society.

The impact of the neglect cannot go unnoticed.In his bid to find his footing, the boy-child is now associated with vices such as drug and substance abuse, sexual abuse and dropping out of school.

We are sitting on a time bomb if empowering programs continue neglecting the boy-child.Frustration may push him to join dangerous underground criminal activities.Reports of young boys joining terror groups fill the media.

The consequent solitary focus on the empowerment of girls and women has imbalanced the scales; equaling to the now seen dominance of one gender over the other even in the basic family setting.

As much as it’s important to reach out to the girl child, let it not be at the expense of the boy child for a just society is when the two compliment each other, not when they are involved in a rat-race competition.

Both genders are fundamental to the success of any society.Boys need counselling and guidance through their passage to manhood.

Conversations of how we can support boys should start from the family level.

If we allow the boy child to continue struggling with poverty, unemployment, and dependency, not only will our country suffer economically , but we will also lose the productivity contributions of a majority of the population.

And we will pay a price.

This article was published on the People Weekend on JUNE 27-28,2015.