|Report from Kenyan Press: Lessons we can learn from China's rapid rise to economic freedom|
August 8, 2011
In less than two years, the firms have transformed the road which is well known for traffic jams.
Using heavy machinery and working day and night, they have constructed bridges, dug undergrounded trenches and even fly overs to mention just but a few.
Perhaps it is about time Kenyans focused on the builders of the road and learn lessons from them.
The road is being built when
Mao’s reign that extended upto the
Since his reign,
It now holds the largest dollar reserves and it is the biggest
It has made history by lifting millions out of poverty within the shortest period recorded in history. It is now the world number one manufacturer. The irony is that there is no democracy. The ruling party does not tolerate dissent.
On the other hand,
It also concentrated in economic progress instead of wasting its time politicking. That is exactly what
Kenyan budget, for instance, devotes much resources to appeasing political interests by setting aside huge amounts of money for recurrent expenditure likeinstead of boosting development budget that helps to achieve economic goals.
For example, the education sector takes the largest share of the national budget (about Sh 200 billion) but most of that goes to pay salaries instead of funding new schools or buying books.
A lot of money is also spent on commissions where commissioners draw huge salaries but do not achieve something tangible or their recommendations are never implemented.
Presently, commissions like Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission and Commission for Implementation of the Constitution among others pay their staff millions of shillings that can be used to set up irrigation schemes and lift millions out of poverty.
As Kenyans celebrate a new constitution that has expanded their civil liberties, they must remember, as Deng once said, that people will never eat democracy - and what matters is their ability to feed, house and cloth their children.
The writer is a lawyer based in
A lot of money is spent on commissions where personnel draw huge salaries but do not achieve anything or their recommendations are never implemented.