Earlier this month, Kigo Thinkers, a new think tank advocating alternative and deeper analytical thought regarding public policy as a requirement for good citizenship, launched a paper.
The media today is awash with reports of seemingly-poorly conceived policies, including the HIV Bill, the Anti-Pornography Bill [Act],
The paper, Bank Loan Interest Rates: Questions of Governance, Social Responsibility and Good Practice, concludes a process that started off with a policy dialogue organised by Kigo Thinkers to consider the unintended consequences of
Whereas inflation has been tamed, some businesses collapsed and people who failed to meet loan obligations lost property. At the time, both
Ironically, a tool that was employed by BOU to save the economy, unfortunately caused loss of property, collapse of businesses and distress to citizens, which were named and shamed in the press! A trader at the launch narrated how she had to sell off personal property to avoid the dreaded bailiffs.
Strangely, the unintended result yonder is that bankers earned huge cash bonuses while many of their clients lost property and are out of employment. The US government could not have envisaged such a scenario in which an intervention enriches banks but leads to further impoverishment of its citizens.
Many countries that are by far more capitalist than
Last week, the introduction was changed from: If you, or anyone you know, live to the west or south of
I also wrote: "When the director of physical planning eventually walks the route returning home, hopefully after
My comments were edited to: "I wish the KCCA director of physical planning would eventually walk this route, hopefully after
As a result, many users of Usafi park have called or sent me texts complaining that I seemed to support KCCA's relocation of commuter taxis to the park. A few were unhappy because I had taken time to interview them but my comments seemed misinformed.
In that article, I wished to point out that KCCA's intention to decongest the city had unfortunately caused city users misery because they now have to walk longer distances through areas perceived as unsavory. The edits portray my comments as sympathetic with the KCCA director for physical planning and that is far from the truth.
It is quite likely that this director, who probably has a four-wheel car plus driver, made a decision that has negatively affected poor people from his luxurious air-conditioned office.
The trouble with editing a column is that in an attempt to improve the message, the unintended result may very well be a different opinion from the one intended by the columnist.
As one of the Kigo Thinkers, I fully subscribe to former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' belief that the "... greatest gift is in cultivating a critical citizenry who cannot be treated as fools" and that what "... matters most - (is) helping to shape a culture in which it is harder to treat the public as fools, harder to exploit prejudice or fear, and easier to conduct constructive argument in public!"
The author is one of the founding Kigo thinkers.
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