18 billion Traffic Jam.
A study by the East African branch of IBM has claimed that Kenya loses an estimated 18.3 billion annually to traffic jams. As the traffic backs up due to flooding and driver incompetence the economy is hemorrhaging money at presumably an even greater rate than is usually the case. Don’t you love the fact that someone sat down to crank out the number of zero’s lost to traffic jams? It’s not only the carcinogens inhaled ever so deeply as you marinate in traffic, or the loss of confidence in Kenyan driving school instructors, it actually is bad for the environs. Isn’t it comforting that there are observers of economic wastage and that the wastage in traffic jams have an odometer convertible into shillings. It is almost an annual bill on the economy for human incompetence and bad road policies. Kenya’s incompetence wage bill stands at 18.3 billion. The study in my unlearned opinion is made up of too many assumptions to arrive at anywhere within a close distance of the correct answer. To purport to tell us how much the beloved economy is losing per second of a traffic jam means that if we assume that traffic moved ever s freely our economy would increase by a tenth. This assumes that there are some time based transactions which are lost due to inability to get to meeting places in time. These facts, even if true could be ameliorated by mobile phones, to either arrange for alternate meeting places or pay bills using phones. I believe communication advances would reach around the diminished horizons brought about by traffic snarlup’s. One assumption also needed to arrive at such a figure is the idea that we contribute to the country’s GDP at a measurable rate, steady rate. What about the people who are simply going home? Or people going to do activities that do not directly contribute to the GDP? (Like students?) Is productivity linear to the amount of time spent at work? Not always especially if you work in an office. Isn’t most of the time wasted in meetings and chatting up your boss’s secretary? Time isn’t equal to money especially not in the office. An answer as to how much the economy loses to traffic jams requires a spurious elasticisation of costbenefit analysis. It is a mishmash of the unknowable with the immeasurable to arrive at the inaccurate. But still is comforting to have such a figure to comfort you as you are on Ongata Rongai during the downpour. As my dad always says: Statistics are not facts. They are numeric statements. WANGUSI RIGHT, NDEMO WRONG. CCK is split about its plans to cut the mobile termination rate by a further 35 % come July. The acting Director of CCK Francis Wangusi wants the rate to drop while Bitange Ndemo wants them to remain at their present rate at 2.21 shillings. The rates were frozen after Orange and Safaricom lobbied the president last year who directed that the rate be frozen for one year. It is a bit surprising that the most successful model of capitalism in Kenya epitomized by Safaricom is lobbying the government to intervene to maintain an artificially high termination rate. You would think
Wangusi said to the Business Daily. Sometimes government should help companies innovate for the good of the nation. As Mr. The voice segment has dropped from 72% of the revenue to 68%. The interconnection fee has remained a barrier in the free movement of customers between service providers and has hurt smaller service providers who have to pay large amounts of revenue to industry leaders. the government is picking winners and does not maintain impartiality. The lowering of the rate in July will according to a study done by the CCK be better for the whole economy.
. She relented and went on to become one of the largest ship builders in the world. Years later LG is a household name in electronics. By insisting on the fee. It is in the national interest to lower the rate. You cannot afford both lawyers and scientists on your wage bill. It will lead to increased innovation in other telecommunication areas. That as the legal bill of a company increases the greatest casualty is the research and development department. a fairer market place and better services. Another example is Hyundai. Safaricom recently posted results that showed that its data services and money transfer services have increased their percentage of return to the firm’s total revenue than last year. the competitors who do not want the Mobile termination rate reduced fear competition. LG was banned from entering into the textile industry like it wanted and instead shuffled into the electric cabling industry. Kenyans will be the losers. We must remember too that the government it has to be said has an interest in Safaricom and Orange’s profitability since it is a shareholder in both enterprises. The interconnection rate obviously favours the established order and ensures that large players in the industry remain at the top. The fee prevents companies from pricing their product as they want as it provides an overhead cost. In Korea the military dictatorship forced companies into industries that they wouldn’t have entered. Companies spend all their time maintaining the status quo instead of looking to the future and generating new revenue streams. So it must be done. CCK has already talked of dropping the interconnection fees to zero by 2014. It was ordered to start building ships by the government. They ossify into established complacency and ossify as the status quo. While keeping the rates as they are as will be good for some service providers. The government should similarly refuse Orange and Safaricom’s claim to keep interconnection rates high. Safaricom recently took competitors Airtel and Yu to court over unpaid fees amounting to over half a billion. Yet Safaricom and Orange both want the government to make sure that the voice segment remains their major business. When companies refused threats were used. By removing barriers in the voice market it will force companies to be more innovative with other services and seek alternative revenue streams. In a patriots history to the United States the writers use a lot of figures to illustrate one core truth. Big business Americans say avoid change like dogs resist baths. They refused and were threatened with bankruptcy by the general at the head of Korea’s dictatorship.that disciples of free market economics would vouch for less regulation of the sector.
Musalia however should quit as DPM. He was willing to do his political penance and sit in the cold. All this was a bit rich since these scandals were never a problem when he was the PM’s running mate in the 2007 election. Mudavadi refused to nomination by Kanu after losing out on the Sabatia Seat in 2002.MUDAVADI MUST RESIGN. They keep repeating it. Odinga’s camp in a statement called Musalia a “conservative ingrate. Then we will have a problem on our hands. Ingratitude knows no bounds. The party did look like it would relent and allow an outbreak of democracy within its ranks and even accept his preferred method of nomination. Mr. He still ditched the party despite the attempts to placate him. His explanation for ditching ODM after countless assurances that he was in it to the end will cast aspersions on his character.his age. Russia was surprised that her former ally had decided to sit it out. Speaking about their decision not to support their allies who had saved them in the past.
. Russia had prior to the Crimean war given the Hapsburg dynasty unparalleled support.” Raila Odinga’s camp is astonished at Mudavadi’s ingratitude. Mudavadi clearly knew that his popularity within the party never matched that of the party leader and we must ask why he kept Kenyans speculating for so long. On the side of the Russia’s enemies. He now has a tag of coward that he has to shake in the run up to the election.” who had been dumped in the dustbin of history. He asked the PM to retire along with Kibaki. It was followed by a catalogue of scandals that the DPM was supposedly involved in. Mudavadi did after all net him a sizable amount of votes from the western area. Twice it had sent its soldiers to defend the dynasty. Musalia dodged on a meeting with Odinga at his Sabatia Constituency. then they threatened their former allies with war and finally the Russians had to agree to lay down arms when the Austria-Hungary Empire threatened to enter the war. where candidates will be allowed to pose and posture and regurgitate coached answers and will be judged on minutiae like suits. they bite the hands that fed them. So when the Crimean war between Russia and the Ottoman Empire broke out. The relationship between Mudavadi and the premier was symbiotic not parasitic as is suggested. Mudavadi. Odinga wants us to believe that he rehabilitated Musalia after the 2002 elections. The accusation of ingratitude is also off the mark since Mr. It might stick. The Hapsburgs had first decided to be neutral. wants his teacher’s job. As soon as they grow teeth. Their spokesmen have also been traded accusations and the fallout is now complete. If we are unlucky enough we will have that all American abomination of a presidential debate. The Russians had also fought on the same side as the AustriaHungary Empire against the Ottomans before and were fairly certain they could count on their allies support as they had in the past. The DPM on his part put the wedge where it was sharpest by calling into question Odinga’s Achilles heel. the prime minister of Austria-Hungary said “We will astonish them with our ingratitude. who was described by Odinga as a good student.
The market meanwhile needs firm direction and signs of stability. a war in Somali and the spectre of grand corruption hovering in the horizon. He no longer is in ODM he should therefore quit. Uhuru was in parliament courtesy of Kanu but in the DPM position courtesy of PNU he is still a member of PNU despite quitting Kanu. For the sake of his credibility and a new start he should resign. the PM and his deputy are not helping the situation.
. His reasoning for not relinquishing the DPM position delivered on a local television station required an acrobatic reading and interpretation of the National accord. Musalia held both positions because he was in ODM. It is deceitful to pretend and posture that he has the nation’s interests in remaining in the position of DPM.5 million jobs out of thin air if elected in what must be the most ambitious promise since William Ruto’s standard gauge railway promise. Both titles were earned by virtue of being deputy leader of ODM. His appointment is contingent on the nominating coalition partner who has asked him to step down. He must. are easily nullified since his opposite number was never among the PNU discussion side.He promised to magic 1. We have a trillion shilling deficit. and wants to chart a new path for Kenyans why does he still hang on to the trappings of his old party? He must quit his DPM position as he quit his local government ministry. Kenya is yet to lift itself from the quagmire of economic slowdown. By such a public fallout. A prolonged campaign period is a noose on the economy and suffocating for investors and the temperatures need to be toned down. If he really is filled with new ideas. His argument that he was present for the Serena discussions of the accord.