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Insight into Kenya's Future


Gladwell Otieno - Executive Director of the African Center for Open Governance (AFRICOG)

"We call ourselves Kenyans for truth and justice. We should know that truth has a value. I take comfort in knowing that the truth has a habit of coming out."

"It is not just about who won and who lost, it is about us a country. The Supreme Court Judgement on the petition which will continue to interest people and there will be many analyses of it and we educate the public through such discourse."

Dr Bitange Ndemo - Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications.

“[Internet] access enables us to become more innovative. Broadband allows people to build things you never thought of. Four or five years ago you could not put the words 'Kenya', 'innovation' and 'research' in the same sentence. Now it is starting to happen."

Wolfgang Fengler - The World Bank's lead economist for the East African region

“Africa is on a growth path, but Kenya, particularly, has two advantages, (These advantages are) great people and a great location."

Johannes Zutt - The World Bank’s Country Director for Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda and Somalia.

“Kenya is heading into an election year with a transformative new constitution but historically, the economy slows down during election periods,"

"A peaceful political transition and export-led growth will provide a window of opportunity for the economy to achieve higher growth and create more jobs for the large number of people entering the workforce."

Gabriel Demombynes - Senior Economist in the Nairobi office of the World Bank

“Economic instability, weaknesses in infrastructure and pervasive corruption limit business growth and job creation,"

"A job creation strategy is needed to move more Kenyans into better wage jobs, and policy makers, especially at local levels, should embrace informal household enterprises as legitimate parts of the Kenyan economy to enable them contribute to increasing productivity."

Wangari Maathai - was a Kenyan environmental and political activist and the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

“When resources are degraded, we start competing for them, whether it is at the local level in Kenya, where we had tribal clashes over land and water, or at the global level, where we are fighting over water, oil, and minerals. So one way to promote peace is to promote sustainable management and equitable distribution of resources."

John Randa - The World Bank economist for Kenya

"The current account deficit could undermine Kenya’s long term stability and growth prospects, Kenya will need to undertake structural reforms to correct external imbalances and also build a stronger foundation for growth."

"The conduct of the national elections in 2013 will determine international perceptions of Kenya for the years to come and greatly influence Kenya's medium-term economic prospects."

Jomo Kenyatta - first president of Kenya, as quoted in David Lamb's The Africans, New York, 1985.

“Where there has been racial hatred, it must be ended. Where there has been tribal animosity, it will be finished. Let us not dwell upon the bitterness of the past. I would rather look to the future, to the good new Kenya, not to the bad old days. If we can create this sense of national direction and identity, we shall have gone a long way to solving our economic problems."


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