Yvonne Okwara

Yvonne Okwara

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  • YVONNE’S TAKE: Let’s make our exams less bureaucratic with fewer politicians, guns

    YVONNE’S TAKE: Let’s make our exams less bureaucratic with fewer politicians, guns

    In this just concluded exam week, we have all the senior most members of the Executive opening the exam containers, handing out papers to students. They went on to give them the age-old pep talks about how their lives have all come to this one great moment and they are on the cusp of the next import...

  • YVONNE’S TAKE: The death of building regulations

    YVONNE’S TAKE: The death of building regulations

    The issue of safety of buildings in Kenya is one that is too familiar. Quite frankly, it would be a tired script, were it not for the fact that people die, lose their livelihood, get injured, and some lose their precious belongings.

  • YVONNE'S TAKE: The overzealous Cabinet

    YVONNE'S TAKE: The overzealous Cabinet

  • YVONNE’S TAKE: The rains are here, let us now pray for wisdom

    YVONNE’S TAKE: The rains are here, let us now pray for wisdom

    You see, the drought we are facing in the country, is largely due to the effects of climate change. Climate change caused by the developed world, whose consequences we in the developing nations greatly bear the brunt.But folks, we cannot blame everything on the West. Some of these problems ni shida...

  • YVONNE’S TAKE: The drought cycle is here, but do we ever learn?

    YVONNE’S TAKE: The drought cycle is here, but do we ever learn?

    Kenya prides itself as a country of many firsts, as a bastion of the region. Oh, we have built big roads, and bridges, heck we even created M-Pesa and pioneered mobile money and financial inclusion around the world, but, we cannot feed our own people? We have remained in this never-ending cycle of i...

  • EXPLAINER: Kenya's drought situation in numbers

    EXPLAINER: Kenya's drought situation in numbers

    The Kenya Red Cross that has been part of the relief efforts has classified them into 2 categories as those on alert and those where there is alarm. The counties at alert stage include Embu, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Kilifi.Those at alarm stage include Isio...

  • YVONNE'S TAKE:  The hot and cold of KEBS

    YVONNE'S TAKE: The hot and cold of KEBS

    A somewhat alarming notice was issued to Kenyans by the Kenya Bureau of Standards. The statement contained a list of 10 household cooking brands that according to the bureau were non-compliant.This statement was problematic to me in several ways. First, it curiously did not addre...

  • YVONNE'S TAKE: Kenya’s democracy; not perfect but work in progress

    YVONNE'S TAKE: Kenya’s democracy; not perfect but work in progress

    The August General Election is our 6th multi-party election since 1992, we now have the 3rd President since the advent of pluralism, and we have just witnessed the 3rd peaceful transition from one administration to another.We have the right structures. A vibrant Parliament, that may still be trying...

  • YVONNE’S TAKE: Thank you, Controller of Budget, for stopping lavish swearing-in ceremonies

    YVONNE’S TAKE: Thank you, Controller of Budget, for stopping lavish swearing-in ceremonies

    A few days ago, the Controller of Budget quickly put some brakes on what could have been an excessively lavish start to the new county governments.You see, we heard of budgets ranging from Ksh.17 million to Ksh.22 million and I wondered what all these millions would be used for. I know that event pl...

  • EXPLAINER : Key timelines culminating in swearing-in of Kenya's next President

    EXPLAINER : Key timelines culminating in swearing-in of Kenya's next President

    Now, after that declaration of the final result of the presidential election, anyone who feels aggrieved can challenge it at the supreme court of Kenya.