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Daily Nation : January 28th 2014
2 smart company EDITOR’S DESK THE CRAZE by county governments to increase charges for various permits and services is a matter of grave concern. The result will be a decline in production and revenue for the devolved units. Take, for example, the proposed fees for rearing chicken and cattle — at Sh20 and Sh2,000, respectively. For farmers who keep the birds for personal use, being made to pay a fee for them could discourage poultry keeping altogether. Shelling out cash for a cow that produces less than two litres of milk a day will not make much sense to a pastoralist in, say, Baragoi in Rift Valley. Just how the authorities will exact the charges remains to be determined. For instance, how will they know the number of chicks a hen in Mundika, Busia County, has hatched to determine the total fees? Other victims of the rush to milk Kenyans dry are tenants of houses formerly owned by civic authorities. In Nairobi, occupants were handed a New Year gift in the form of raised monthly rates. Mombasa is staring at the same fate, with a proposal to increase the charges by 400 per cent, never mind the poor state of the houses. Granted, county governments need to make money. What they get from the Treasury is inadequate for their budgets. But a look at some of the proposals raises issues on how the revenue is to be generated. The national government’s move to cut tax on motorcycles was meant to make the machines cheaper so that the millions of unemployed youth could get something profitable to do. A tour of the countryside shows a huge number of both young and old eking out a living from boda bodas. Now that the motorbikes are generating money, counties are seeing them as cash cows. Arguably, the rains started beating Kenyans with the coming into effect of the VAT law. Sending money via mobile means, and a visit to the ATM, among a host of other services and goods, are attracting extra charges. The end result could be a reduction in the number of times such activities are undertaken so as to minimise the pain. If this was to be replicated across the board, the net effect would be less cash to the government. Did Kenyans understand the full meaning of the term ‘devolution’ before they voted Yes? A new referendum on the same could save the country a lot. — Abuna Ayiro firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Joseph Odindo MANAGING EDITOR: Mutuma Mathiu BUSINESS EDITOR: Wachira Kang’aru SUB-EDITORS: Abuna Ayiro, James Wambua, John Cheruiyot STAFF WRITERS: Immaculate Karambu, Griffins Omwenga, Muthoki Mumo, John Njiru CONTRIBUTORS: Joshua Masinde, Charles Wokabi, Mwaniki Wahome, David Muturi. 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While every care will be taken on ADRIAN DENNIS | AFP A child backs away through the legs of an adult after being introduced to Upsy Daisy (left), a charachter from the BBC television series ‘In the Night Garden’ at the annual Toy Fair at Olympia exhibition centre, London, last week. Toy Fair, the only dedicated toy, game and hobby exhibition in Britain, features over 280 companies competing for business. INSIDER A California company claims overview A day in the ‘Night Garden’ Tuesday January 28, 2014 DAILY NATION New headband lets you control your dreams The software knows when you it has invented a headband that can help you control your dreams. The Aurora headband, from iWinks, plays special lights and sounds during REM (rapid eye movement) to help you become aware when you are dreaming as you stay asleep. Developers say it will enable you to take control of your unconscious thoughts and direct the course of your dreams. The San Diego-based company has attracted pledges of £145,000 (about Sh17 million) on their Kickstarter funding page that had originally asked for just over £50,000. They now plan to ship the first models in June this year for about £100 per unit (Sh12,000). Spokesman Jack Payne said: “The idea of lucid dreaming has been around for centuries. In this state, anything is possible: zoom through space, fight firebreathing dragons or become president, all from the comfort and safety of your own bed.” dream by measuring brainwave and eye-movement activity, while tracking body movements with an in-built accelerometer. When your own personal ‘dream signs’ are detected, the headband plays lights and sounds to initiate lucid dreaming and become “an active participant in your dreamland”. Mr Payne added: “We spend one third of our lives asleep. Why not make the most of that time?” (Orange.co.uk) Get-rich-quick projects fail to live up to their billing, hurting small investors All that glitters is not gold. Everyone is rearing quails, but where are the buyers? I have never seen or heard a Kenyan family slaughtering a quail for supper. — Mutugi Kinyua My HIV positive pal eats two quails and five quail eggs daily hoping to turn negative on his next test. Time will tell. — Ochieng’ Barasa Peculiar Kenyan habits! Instead of rearing cattle, they opt for wild birds. This quail scheme is crumbling. — George Macharia Shadowy figures pushing rail deal, says Keter Mr Afred Keter (Nandi Hills MP), please don’t drive near billboards, otherwise........ — Nathan Munyao Bravo, brother Keter, speak for the voiceless #Ruto. — Zephania Yego Kenya has its own people who have freedom of speech. — Risan Di Driftprince Burundi invests $25m in high-speed Internet network Their pornographic sites are super slow! — Tonny Kanyore Bob Collymore invests in M-church — Philip Yiddah If this was Kenya, it would cost more than Sh1 billion, Sh75 millions of that would be directed towards personal bank accounts. — Graceful Hopeful While in Kenya we are busy investing in cheap politics. — Jesse Jasckson — Compiled by Lilian Ochieng’ firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ LilianMerab Smooth future JARED NYATAYA | NATION Nandi Governor Cleophas Lagat drives one of six graders which will be used to maintain roads in the county, during the launch at Kapsabet town last Friday. The county will hire 15 graders to ensure roads in the county are passable all year round, and to guarantee delivery of farm produce to the market in time.
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