Why it's time to abolish liberal arts and humanities in our public universities

I think it is time we abolish liberal arts and humanities in our public universities but before I tell you why I want to share something about myself. I took BSc Agricultural Economics degree in one of our local public universities. The door to technical courses such as Computer Science and even BSc Agriculture was closed, leaving me with no option. It is true that Herbamas theory of public sphere can advance democracy but what is happening in Kenya right now. I am happy the government has adopted Differentiated Unit Funding formula where universities offering technical courses get more funding.

April 23, 2017 11:26 UTC

Ladies, please ensure you get paid what you are worth!

When I ventured into business, one of the biggest challenges I encountered was pricing, specifically how to set it. There are other ways of figuring out product pricing, such as comparing the pricing of the products with what your competition is selling. Women have a history of not asking for what they are worth and not negotiating because it feels too pushy. Look at the market rates the client would have to budget to have a full time hire and use this as a negotiation tactic. One of the hardest things to do down the line is to convert free to paying clients so ensure you evaluate all other alternatives first.

April 23, 2017 10:41 UTC

Jubilee printed more T-shirts than ballot papers, KOT say as DP Ruto pledges fair polls

Deputy President William Ruto's assurance that the scheduled repeat of Jubilee primaries will be planned well has drawn sharp reactions. The DP said there will be enough ballot papers during the polls planned for three days starting Monday. However, others expressed disappointment with the Jubilee party saying its leaders and officials have made it hard for the process to be fair. "I do not understand why a party like Jubilee bought and printed more t-shirts than the ballot papers. Also read: DP Ruto to steer repeat Jubilee primaries slated Monday, Tuesday next week

April 23, 2017 10:41 UTC

There is urgent need to deal with corruption in the media

However, as we approach the elections, and given the intense competition for media space, there is wont to be increased accusations of corruption in the media. The Nation Media Group (NMG) has, for example, had a long-running campaign against brown envelope journalism. In its recent newspaper campaign, it holds that the integrity of Kenyan journalism is at stake because of brown envelope journalism. Thus the definition of and interventions to deal with corruption need to be expanded. It is particularly worrying that this is happening at a time when the people need (media) information to make informed choices during the coming general election.

April 23, 2017 09:45 UTC


We all know that the president is one of the highly guarded people in this country.The presidential security team is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all the time the president is safe. The presidential Security team was shocked when they spotted a green snake coiled on a pole on the dais at Kisumu State Lodge, minutes before President Uhuru arrived for the Drama Festival fete on Tuesday. The presidential security team, which is usually armed to teeth, found the guns useless and used one of the oldest weapon known to mankind (a stick) to combat the enemy. Walter was arrested after he failed to convince the police on how he gained entry in a protected area. Juma upon being interrogated by the policed said that it was not his first time to access state house but he had been there severally.

April 23, 2017 09:33 UTC

I know age is just but a number but our 7-year gap is scaring me

I have feelings for her but don't know what to do in light of what I know about her now. I wish to tell you that in relationships, age is a non-issue and you may find older women who make very good partners. Relationships don't just happen, they grow out of friendships. It is easy to say that age is but a number until we look at age in terms of time. Meaning, at some point in life age difference will show on our physical bodies.

April 23, 2017 09:22 UTC

Conservationist shot at her Laikipia conservancy

By SULEIMAN MBATIAHMore by this AuthorBy STEVE NJUGUNAMore by this AuthorRenowned conservationist and author Kuki Gallmann has been shot and injured by herders who invaded her Gallmann Africa Conservancy in Laikipia. The police boss said that Mrs Gallmann was rushed to a hospital in Nanyuki for first aid treatment saying that her driver also survived the attack. “Security officers managed to overpower the herders who escaped some of them with gunshot wounds after shooting her. Four police officers have been shot and injured in confrontations between the herders and the security officers in the area. Mr Odinga said that Mrs Gallmann has contributed tremendously to the growth of the country in general and northern Kenya.

April 23, 2017 09:04 UTC

Conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot by raiders in Laikipia

| Updated Sun, April 23rd 2017 at 13:16 GMT +3Kuki GallmannLaikipia Nature Conservancy owner Kuki Gallmann was Sunday morning shot in the stomach by armed raiders. In March this year, the herders were accused of lighting a fire that razed down property worth millions of shillings inside the conservancy owned by Gallmann. The assailants burnt two lodges inside the ranch popular with domestic and international tourists and destroyed 10,000 acres of vegetation at Laikipia Nature and Conservancy ranch. ALSO READ: Lempurkel out on Sh200,000 bond after night in custodyAccording to Mrs Gallmann, the gunmen had also targeted her daughter Makena Gallmann but she escaped unscathed after they shot at her twice. Security officers were deployed to the ranches in the area following the armed invasion, resulting to a series of retaliatory attacks.

April 23, 2017 09:01 UTC

Open defiance, sabotage killed gender rule dream

(Photo: Moses Omusula, Standard)When Justice John Mativo slapped MPs with a 60-day ultimatum to either pass laws to implement the two-thirds gender rule or go home, women celebrated. However, MPs and parliamentary staff familiar with the arithmetic around the mechanics of such a legislation saw a legislative nightmare. Total mischiefAccording to Katiba Institute, an organisation that promotes constitutionalism in Kenya, the MPs engaged in “parliamentary mischief”, at times, with “intent to sabotage” implementation of the two-thirds gender principle. It is virtually impossible for us to meet the two-thirds gender rule. Clause 7ALSO READ: Opinion: Enactment of law on two-thirds gender representation overdue“There is a judgement.

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

Conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot by armed Laikipia raiders, airlifted to Nairobi

World's famous conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot in the stomach by armed raiders on Sunday. "She was evacuated to Nanyuki with medics attending to her," a source told the Star. The incident marks height of violence in Laikipia where armed herders have run down conservancies, destroyed and looted property. Read: Pokot militias kill Ol Maisor ranch worker in Laikipia, steal nothingOn Thursday last week, a Laikipia ranch worker was killed by the daring militias. Read: British father of two shot dead at Sosian ranch in Laikipia

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

Teenagers want condoms, but parents are in denial

According to some research, some teenagers want the powers to obtain and use condoms. From day one, babies are fed a constant diet of TV with all the trappings of MTV and Trace. Let us also remember that the teenagers of today are not like the teenagers of yesterdays. So I do not understand why we are shocked that our teens want access to condoms. We ourselves have planted the seeds in their innocent bodies and mind and now it is payback time.

April 23, 2017 08:37 UTC

The shame of heroes crying for care in a sea of greedy souls

| Updated Sun, April 23rd 2017 at 11:23 GMT +3The filthy water below the Nyayo monument. [Jenipher Wachie, Standard]Nairobi is increasingly becoming a city of monuments of shame and by extension, wasted public resources. Only the Jomo Kenyatta monuments outside KICC and Parliament Buildings exhibit a semblance of care from city authorities. The scenario is repeated in cities and towns across the country where smaller but equally extravagant Nyayo monuments built at the same time with the Central Park one are decaying under the skies unattended. Kimathi, who embodied the Mau Mau resistance, sacrifice and commitment to ideals of nationalism, is portrayed drably dressed in military fatigues, holding a rifle in the right hand and a dagger in the left.

April 23, 2017 08:15 UTC

Jubilee's big poll plans as useless as a donkey's fart, says Raila

ODM leader Raila Odinga has taunted Jubilee Party over their chaotic nominations comparing them to a donkey's fart. "Jubilee were laughing at ODM nominations and calling it a fiasco." "The Raphael Tuju rhetorics on the good plans were as useless as donkey's fart," Raila said. Read: DP Ruto to steer repeat Jubilee primaries slated Monday, Tuesday next week"It is their first time to conduct nominations. The ODM leader said Meru farmers have remained poor due to lack of proper market for their produce.

April 23, 2017 08:03 UTC

Chaos erupt at Kilifi ODM offices

By KAZUNGU SAMUELMore by this AuthorSupporters of Nicholas Mrima Wanyepe who was defeated in the Kilifi South constituency primaries on Sunday stormed ODM offices in Kilifi town to demand the county elections board to immediately nullify the results. Carrying twigs and placards with messages castigating Governor Amason Kingi and Senator Stewart Madzayo, the angry supporters stormed the party office claiming the two leaders had interfered with the primaries. They planned the failure of our MP Mr Wanyepe and hence should be sent home,” said one of the Supporters. Earlier, businessman Ken Chonga had been declared winner of the ODM ticket for the Kilifi South parliamentary seat. The seat is currently held by MP Mustapha Iddi, a former journalist who was elected on an ODM ticket before shifting allegiance to Jubilee Party.

April 23, 2017 07:50 UTC

Aisha Jumwa beats Mtengo in Malindi ODM polls, MP rejects results

Kilifi woman representative Aisha Jumwa has won the highly contested Malindi ODM MP nominations. She garnered 8,436 votes against the incumbent legislator Willy Mtengo's 3,758 in polls to elect a candidate for the August polls. Returning officer Samuel Ochieng declared Jumwa winner at the Barani secondary school tallying center in Malindi town. Chaos, disruptions, confusion and delays marred the ODM nominations in Malindi on Saturday. [VIDEO] Chaos, delays as Jumwa, Mtengo lock horns for Malindi ODM MP ticket

April 23, 2017 07:30 UTC

Trending Today