The grand coalition government has taken the first step towards creating a 24 hour economy in
In his weekly press briefing to journalists yesterday, government spokesman Alfred Mutua said that the government was studying various departments to see which ones would immediately justify longer hours of service and which ones should be open 24 hours.
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Kenyans will remember that this was one of the key election pledges of presidential candidate Kalonzo Musyoka and his ODM-Kenya party in last year’s general elections.
The good thing here is that we are beginning to get a glimpse of some of the advantages of competitive politics. This is welcome because so far we have mostly been treated only to the deadly repercussions of it, more so in a culture where politicians are too quick to fall back on divisive tribal politics to gain an advantage.
Although the change in Kenyan politics is much slower than what most Kenyans would want to see, it is encouraging noting that we are slowly but surely heading in the direction of service delivery and ideas to improve the quality of life of the people.
The immediate benefits of a 24-economy include the fact that it will create numerous new employment opportunities and considerably speed up service delivery and hopefully development. Indeed it is an idea that is long overdue.
Already we have companies in the private sector like Nakumatt that offer 24 hour services in many of their outlets countrywide. This has been very well received and is so far working out well for the country’s largest supermarket chain.
Of course there are bound to be teething problems and the immediate concern for most Kenyans is understandably security more so now when crime has escalated considerably country-wide.
P.S. Chris is busy putting together the second part of his controversial weekend special on how the most respected Kenyan families made their dirty money. He has asked me to promise you all that in this weekend’s feature, nobody will be spared right across the political divide and including the politicians that some Kenyans hero-worship. Make a date with Chris this weekend, you won’t regret it.
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