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Monday, 29th August 2016.
Why Kikuyus should go for their economic heroes and not their political heroes.

The essential Republican conservative philosophy is to distrust any government. That is why true Republicans hate any government that grows bigger by the day and interferers in their daily lives. The Republican bible says that everyone should be responsible for their own affair, and the government should be as lean as possible. Put simply, a Republican simply believes that we are the masters of our own destiny. So, if we have a bad road in our neighborhood, the Republican doctrine is that as neighbors, we unite and find a way to fix the road that passes right by our homestead, instead of calling for ‘serikali ikuje itusaidie’- the typical Kenyan comment when anything goes bad.
Remember, at the core of the Republican doctrine is economic self reliance. This is the doctrine that I expected Jubilee to live and abide by. The Jubilee manifesto was supposed to be filled with Kenyan economic heroes through and through. But here’s the truth. This is a party that does not know what it stands for. That is why it has been filled with turn coats, retirees, and opportunists within its rank and file. The party does not have any direction. For look at President Kenyatta. I know for a fact that anyone that liberates a kikuyu economically is their heroe. But do you think the Kenyatta economic vampire machine will let a successful indigenous Kenyan business succeed and triumph. I don’t think so. A vampire never lets go.

This is why I always take Uhuru’s calls for fighting against the West with a pinch of salt, for how can you shout this when the only thing you know is economically enslaving the very same Africans that you pretend to champion their rights? For look at the once flourishing milk sector in Kiambu and the neighboring areas. These people got out of KCC because KCC was paying them bad prices for their milk during the Moi era. They established their own successful cooperatives like the Githunguri milk cooperative and Ilara milk. But all of them have been bought or enslaved by the Brookside Kenyatta economic empire machine.

Put more simply, Mr. Kenyatta is eating up our indigenous businesses. He is consigning our home grown entrepreneurs to an early grave. Mr. Kenyatta is transforming this country into a one person empire. I know William Ruto has stolen money- that is given, but the scale of Mr. Kenyatta’s economic enslavement of our people is preposterous. It’s only that his is white collar crime that will never be traced, unless one is keen and is not blinded by the false prism of ‘huyu ni mtu wetu wanataka kummaliza’. My warning is this, if you are a Kenyan business with a turnover of 1 billion shillings and above, you are in for trouble. Mr. Kenyatta’s economic vampire is coming for you.

But my point is precisely that up and until the time that the Jubilee powerbrokers will be filled by people who have made their wealth by sweat, blood and tears like Equity’s James Mwangi and Peter Munga, Royal Media’s SK Macharia, or Kerocho’s Tabitha Karanja; I will continue to treat this whole Jubilee government as nothing more than a well choreographed act. For a vampire leaves nothing in its wake.

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Sunday, 28th August 2016.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s has failed Kenya- even with his great education and pedigree.

I have often wondered- why is it that African leaders attend the same schools as Western and Asian leaders but then are totally outsmarted in the real practical world of leadership. I know there are some real gems in Africa, but for the most part, the current leadership is woefully uninspiring. Look at Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta. He attended Amherst College, a prestigious four year private liberal Arts College in Massachusetts, United States. Granted, Amherst does not have the same brand name recognition as Harvard or Yale, but it’s still up there.
It competes for the best and brightest students around the world. It attracts first class lecturers and faculty. Yes, there is this rumor that Uhuru didn’t finish his degree at Amherst, for even when the college was asked to comment about his 2013 Presidential candidacy, it declined. Even if Uhuru was expelled, he still got in. For the College does not admit average students, only the cream. Nor does it take in back doors, no matter the amount of money that has been splashed. So, if Uhuru had the ability to get in, why has he been the perennial underperformer that he has been? Why has he bungled from project to project? Why has he failed to fulfill that sacred of any President’s duties- that is to assure every Kenyan a safe and a high standard of living?

I overheard a conversation on Classic FM some two years ago. It was a rant- or is it introspection, of an African American. He said that you could take the African , pay for him to study nuclear physics at MIT, but still, when he comes back home, he will not make much meaningful change. He will be no different than the person who never went there in the first place. As expected, Kenyans called in and lambasted him for his self pity- but he had made his point- albeit with some exaggeration.

Look at Kiraitu Murungi. A Harvard Law School material per excellence at the time of his admission. But when he comes back home, he decides that if the river is headed to the ocean, why change its course? Wouldn’t it swallow you? He ends up drowning while eating with the same predator crocodiles in the river. The same is true of James Orengo. Vying for the Presidency in 2002, he even lost his parliamentary seat, and decides that he should play second fiddle, and downgrade himself to a lower league.

I know that many leadership universities are being set up in Africa, ostensibly to create some kind of an ‘African Harvard’. That is, to nurture the next generation of African leaders. However, as Robert Mugabe- with his seven shiny degrees from the UK, as Uhuru Kenyatta, with his admission to Amherst- as these two examples have shown, this money being pumped into these leadership institutes would be better spent on the African peasant. For the African peasant has a far better idea, and the practicality- on where this continent should go- than the over decorated educated elite.

Saturday, 27th August 2016.
William Ruto went out too early- In total disregard to the second in command personality rule.

There is nothing wrong in being ambitious- for ambition begets power in the long run. But one William Samoei Arap Ruto has totally got it wrong on the basic rules of power. He has got out too early. Yes, he got a silver medal in 2013, and now wants to upgrade that to gold in 2022. My God!! 2022 sounds so far away, for in politics, one only focuses on the meal at hand- not the meal that is being cooked in the kitchen- just my take.
A person of Ruto’s stature and position ought to display the second in command personality mien. This simply means that one appears as not threatening at all, always willing to do the bidding for his boss. Always appearing harmonious and at peace with everyone- and even feigning stupidity at times. But beneath this humble mien should be a cold and calculating politician that can pounce and rattle at will if and when desirable- and more so, when it comes to a succession battle. This is the only way that a Deputy President rises to the apex of political power. For in effect, the second in command personality types are typical CID or intelligence recruits- that is, by the time they have done their mess, they are already gone and it is usually too late in the game to try and catch up with them.

Look at the previous successful second in command types. Daniel Arap Moi- described as a passing cloud by the then dreaded Kiambu mafia- but going on to outsmart the 1970s ‘change the constitution brigade’ led by the likes of the late Kihika Kimani. Moi eventually went on to rule for 24 good years. Another successful one- Mwai Kibaki- defeating KANU is like cutting the mugumo tree with a razor blade and expecting it to fall. He went on to vanquish the same KANU and hand its prince, Uhuru Kenyatta, the first lesson in politics- that nothing is ever handed to anyone on a silver platter- probably a good lesson to all these political retirees and opportunists going to statehouse for some handouts. Still an addition of a successful second in command type-South Sudan’s Salva Kiir- taking orders from SPLM’s John Garang, almost to the point of being humiliated by the inner circle of Garang- but then going on to take over the leadership mantle of South Sudan through the unseen hand of fate in the death of John Garang in 2006.

Example after example, we see that there is only one way for a second in command person- the Deputy President or the Vice President- to rise to the apex of power. Feign innocence, naivety, loyalty, and even some stupidity. But then counterweight this undercover mien with the strike of a python. I’m afraid it’s too late for William Ruto to mend his ways. This time, rather than him being a predator that he usually claims he is, he will be the prey.

For in essence, Jubilee will not be sent packing by a revolutionary in the model of Raila- for Raila was compromised beyond repair in the nusu mkate government. It will be kicked out by a faceless movement that mutates, adapts, spreads, and attacks at will. For in essence, the essential difference between a revolution and a movement is that whereas you can chop off the head of a revolutionary leader by death or compromising of its leader and sabotage the whole revolution, a movement is immortal- it is fed by everyone within its rank and file because everyone has bought and internalized its core message. A tornado style movement is the only way that this arrogant chest thumping UhuRuto pair will be kicked out of power. And it could be sooner than expected.

Friday, 26th August 2016.
What would a 1960 Mboya- Moi ticket have looked like?

Earlier on, I had suggested that Kenya should have gained its independence in 1960, and not in 1963. Remember that in 1963, there was a counterweight to KANU. There was a party known as KADU. Do you think it folded shop just like that? I don’t think so. I think that they were promised the Vice Presidency slot through Daniel Arap Moi, in effect becoming a deputy to Tom Mboya. At that time, Tom Mboya was KANU damu. He was the heart and soul of the party, even if not among its founding members. KANU was filled mainly by kikuyus and Luos, who at the time were best of friends, not the bitter adversaries they are today.
On the other hand, Daniel Arap Moi was KADU damu. He had the mien of the typical second in command personality. Never really appearing as a threat- but beneath simmering with ambition of a cold calculating nature. This was a perfect balance. Tom Mboya-a visionary and a threat to everyone, sometimes even to himself, and Daniel Arap Moi, a harmonious personality who could balance things on all sides. KADU was a federalist party that was formed principally because the smaller tribes feared domination by the bigger tribes, ostensibly, the kikuyus and the Luos. So, among its rank and file were Coastals, Luhyas, and kalenjins.

What would have a 1960 Mboya- Moi Presidency ticket have in store for Kenya? How different would Kenya have been? Personally, I think Kenya would have changed profoundly. First, I think we would have had a first class managerial- professional economy- along the lines of Belgium or Netherlands. I suspect that Tom Mboya’s soul is still the one running PWC- the first class auditing and consultancy firm that is still one of the few bright spots in our corruption ridden country. Let’s also not forget that Tom Mboya was the initiator of the Kennedy scholarships in East Africa. He is the unsung heroe in Barrack Obama’s rise to prominence. It’s unfortunate that Barrack Obama- his ideological heir – would become an exuberant but ineffective prophet for African Americans- but that’s a story for another day.

So, in a nutshell, in a Mboya-Moi ticket arrangement- Kenya would be teeming with knowledge start ups and consultancies, where it wouldn’t be necessary to venture out of the country, or be consumed by tribalist base politics, to make your millions. I also suspect that Tom Mboya had some Zanzibar black slave heritage- and I put forward that this is the reason that he dealt with all blacks as the same- even as the other independence leaders at the time were being consumed with ‘siasa za huyu ni mtu wetu’. ‘Tunamalizwa’. So, aside from Kenya just becoming an economic powerhouse-Singapore, Belgium, or Netherlands style, we would also be a social politically stable country. And you need all these three pillars- economic, social, and political, before you can even begin laying claim to the superpower status. Even though we praise the Asian Tigers so much for their economic upsurge, we must remember that beneath that growth there is still some underlying currents, as the ethnic populations feel that the migrant Chinese are the ones who benefitted most from these tigers fast rise. I think that this is a path that the Mboya- Moi ticket would have avoided.

But since this history is behind us, I think it’s about time the Mboya- Moi ticket was returned. Not necessarily in name, but in attribute. It will usher in an age of new leadership in the country. A leadership where ideas- rather than noise- triumph.

Friday, 26th August 2016.
Is Kenya right in aspiring for Africa’s Superpower status? Can Uhuru take us in that direction? I think not.

Kenya is a kind of America in the region. It seeks that South Sudan has peace. It encourages Tanzania to have a more appreciative climate for business people, and thereby, expand Kenya’s fledging multinationals in the country. Even more, it wants Ugandan and Tanzanian workers to be more hard working- I don’t know who came up with this idea that Ugandans and Tanzanians are predisposed to laziness- much like the European thinks of the African as naturally lazy. Remember, we’ve not even included Somalia’s never ending internal wars and terrorist insurgencies, and you get a feeling that Kenya is punching far above its weight.
Kenyans like to think of themselves as the natural conquerors of Africa. We don’t even take this Africa Union thing seriously and think that we can stride along on our own. Every Kenyan thumps his chest and brags about our exceptionalism. That we are the cream of the crop in Africa. But does it really have any basis? Do we deserve to take the African crown in all its splendor? I don’t think so. For one, we don’t have a cultural foundation- Nigeria has one. Who is a Kenyan? I guarantee you that you will not tell us. We don’t have a Kenyan beat, much as Mali has the famed Kora, or Tanzania has the Bongo flavor. Look at how our quest for the national dress flopped? Middle class Kenyans programs like ‘Mali’ on NTV are struggling for ratings. Heck, Nation FM closed down because it was catering to a non- existent group- the Kenyan middle class.

Other than that, I think Nigeria should be the natural pretenders to the throne of Africa. They have a cultural foundation. Everyone on the Kenyan streets has at least heard or used the term ‘oga’. Their movie sounds fill our sitting rooms. Their Igbos- the Nigerian kikuyus- are hated yes, but they get the job done. They start, run, expand, and sustain their businesses. In terms of projecting its hegemony and furthering African interests globally- Look at who sponsors all the African programs on CNN? They are all Nigerian or West African companies. Zenith bank, Glo, and the Dangote Group are just some of them. Kenya’s safaricom on the other hand makes gazillion shillings profit a minute, and yet, it is nowhere to be found in such matters- telling a people who they are.

But more essentially, our middle class are basically Black Europeans. Yes, they have kikuyu, coast, or Kalenjin surnames- but with sophisticated European cultural tastes. No wonder banks are laughing all the way to their profits as these people seek to upgrade their sitting rooms, TV sets, and even accents to match what they have seen in Western movies. The only thing that has made Nigeria not to be a superpower is Nigeria is oil- I know it’s an oxymoron. But it’s true- for oil fosters bad governance. If they sort out the oil menace, we will never catch up with them.

Coming to the leader who is supposed to guide this sinking Kenyan ship and rescue it- President Uhuru Kenyatta- my take is that he has not achieved anything in the last four years. The laptop project flopped. Road construction stopped. There was a hiring freeze. If a President can be this lame duck in his first term- what about his second term? Look, Kibaki- free Primary education- day one, Moi- peace and stability- day one, Jomo Kenyatta, empowering African indigenous businesses- day one. And Uhuru Kenyatta- zilch. Yes, one could say but this parliament has enacted many progressive laws, but no, none of this has emanated, or been engineered by President Kenyatta. He has not had any earth shattering legislation to speak of. Don’t talk about yesterday’s signing of a bill to cap bank interest rates- that didn’t emanate from him but from the Kiambu town MP- Jude Njomo. My argument is simple. If a President is this lame duck in his first term, he will be a disaster in his second term. He doesn’t deserve to be reelected. He should not be reelected. It will make us East Africa’s laughing stock. It will make us Africa’s, and the world’s forgotten case.

Wednesday, 24th August 2016.
Uhuru Kenyatta is a CEO, But Kenya needs a Managing Director.

On Sunday, I argued that Cord leader Raila Odinga is probably a good leader, but not a manager. For essentially, a leader gives vision, a manager deals with complexity. So, while Raila is good in chanting up crowds on what Kenya should be, he is totally inept on how to realize this heavenly Kenya that he so badly cherishes. Uhuru Kenyatta on the other hand, is a great CEO, but a totally inept managing director. Kenya at present needs a managing director.
The BBC World’s long running Global business host, Peter Day, gave an essential difference between a managing director (MD), and the CEO. He said that once in a while, the MD visits the factory floor. Indeed, he was promoted from the factory floor. An MD finds out how his workers are doing. He meets with salespeople. He knows how the customers view his company and his products. When the company is facing upheaval from the market, he recommends product improvement, not blanket firing of people. On the other hand, a CEO sits at the corner office, never visits the factory floor, and does not know how his company is fairing from a hands on perspective. When the financial reports are not good, he recommends a blanket firing of people, and usually, the most dedicated employees are the first ones to go as the production budget shifts to the marketing department.

President Kenyatta has presided over Kenya as a CEO. He is largely out of tune with the hoi polloi of Kenya. I suspect he’s the world’s most travelled President, and has clocked thousands of air miles in his short 4 years in office. The visiting dignitaries like John Kerry are made to believe that Kenya is the greatest country in Africa. More like a CEO cheats investors that the company and employees are doing well only to get media reports of an impending essential company shutdown. I would recommend that Mr. Kenyatta, if he must travel, if he is addicted to travelling, that he becomes like the 1860s Japanese student that went to study in America. This student went to learn and adapt what happens in America to Japan. That experiment- or was it theft- was a resounding success. It made the West take notice of Asia. It propelled Japan as the poster child of advancement of the Asian people. Japan is now the world’s third largest economy as a result of the initiative that began way back in the 1860s.

Mr. Kenyatta does not adapt the best practices of wherever he travels and visits. I really don’t know what he does on his foreign trips abroad. I for one think they are totally unnecessary. Why doesn’t he for example adapt the desert farming in Israel and adapt it to ukambani. Wonders will never cease. The Uhuru administration has bungled form project to project. It has made nonsense of our forefathers fight for independence. It has ushered in an era of absolute low standards.

Mr. Kenyatta chose to be a CEO at a terrible time in our history. He has barely time left to shift and become an MD. For Kenya is essentially a start up that is laden with many problems, but which can be turned into resounding business success. A start up succeeds because of its MD, not its CEO. A CEO eats, fleeces, and eventually uses his Harvard or UON degree to continue eating from another company after he’s been fired form the first one. Isn’t this what Kenyatta is doing. Using his pedigree to eat and fleece Kenyans even though in really, he is a European aristocrat per excellence? It’s why August 2017 must be the turning point for Kenya. It must be the point where we totally separate Kenya from Uhuru Kenyatta. It is the only way to make Kenya an economic colossus.

Tuesday, 23rd August 2016.
2017 will be a do or die for Gideon Moi, but also for Kenya’s political dynasties.

The eagle does one simple experiment when it wants to determine which chick it will nurture, and which it will let go and die. A few weeks after it has determined that all its chicks have reached the sufficient stage to get off the nest, it carries the chicks, one by one, to an altitude of about a kilometer above. One by one, the eagle drops the chick from its leg, and lets it drop down. Whichever chick will not have learnt to fly crushes to the ground and dies. The chick that flies reconnects with the eagle, and a strong familial bond ensues- simply because the chick has passed the test to inherit its parent.
2017 will be the second eagle child crushing moment for one Gideon Moi. He missed the 2002 one where William Ruto managed to pass him to the podium places, and thereafter, assure himself of at least a silver medal in 2013. He wants to upgrade to gold in 2022. Yes, Gideon Moi has his father’s name, but he lacks his father’s political gravitas. His father was essentially a peasant through and through. Gideon Moi is a Belgian aristocrat. For one, he only foots a bill which he has consumed- the complete opposite of his father. On the other hand, William Ruto does not have Moi’s surname, but seeks to inherit Moi’s political gravitas. It’s a chase that is still ongoing.

Look, 2017 should be the year when our political dynasties should come to an end. This age old British inheritance should be consigned to its death bed next year. It breeds arrogance. It breeds resentment. It fosters an undercutting of a nation’s ability. Can you imagine a nation where everyone will have to go and inherit his father’s job? Would we not have created a permanent caste system, where if you are a poor, reclusive, and unknown character, your children and grandchildren will remain mired in poverty forever? I don’t this is the kind of Kenyan society we want to develop. The commoners work cannot be just to appear at high end parties of these aristocrats, and act as socialites, whereas the children of the ruling class discuss the serious issues at hand.

For let’s remember one thing. Uhuru Kenyatta is not Jomo Kenyatta. For one, he is not an economic manager while his father was. Parastatals like KCC and Rivatex blossomed under Jomo. Chris Kirubi didn’t have to import three piece suits from Italy as he does at present. In Jomo’s time, all he had to do was to make a call to Rivatex and the three piece suit would be delivered to him. And it was proudly Kenyan made, with the best quality you could find anywhere in the world. Uhuru on the other hand, is a professor of mismanagement. KCC is floundering as he competes with it through Brookside. KBC is cash strapped as he competes with it through K24. Did he go to statehouse to make money for himself, or to steer Kenya forward? So, this comment ‘ati yeye ni kama baba yake’ should stop. The two have nothing in common. Look, Amina Mohammed is the only reason why the Uhuru administration is getting some PR milestones. Take her out of the picture and this government collapses like a house of cards. Also, Raila is not Jaramogi, for Jaramogi I suspect, could tolerate an honest dissent, Raila cannot.

The way forward for Kenya is to go for the establishment democracy route. This is not communism where dissent is not tolerated, but a system where sub par candidates do not pass through the sieve. An establishment ensures that only scions ascend to the Presidency, most of whom are born as commoners at birth. For at its heart, an establishment system knows that Kenyatta I is not equal to Kenyatta II, Moi I is not equal to Moi II, and Odinga I is not equal to Odinga II. The eagle understands this well. Why can’t we?

Monday, 22nd August 2016.
What a Jomo Kenyatta Presidency would have looked like 38 years later.

Kenya’s founding President, Jomo Kenyatta, lived by many names. At his birth, he was Kamau wa Ngengi, then Johnstone Kamau in his youth, and finally Jomo Kenyatta in his sunset years. August 22nd,marks the 38th anniversary of his death. But what would his Presidency have looked like- 38 years later? I suspect that he is not as evil as his detractors often paint him. Sure, there were many assassinations during his tenure as President, but I don’t think we’ve examined all the prisms at the time.
Remember, in the 1960s leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Africa’s heart and soul was at stake. The US wanted Africa, and the world, to adopt a capitalist democracy model, with widespread civil liberties and the infamous trickle down free markets economics that has been blamed for rising inequalities throughout the world. The USSR wanted a strong communist world or essentially, party state governments where dissent to the ruling regime would never be tolerated. (I hear Jubilee has invited China’s Communist Party to grace its launch next month, perhaps as an indicator of how they think things should turn for Kenya.)

In light of these global power plays, African Presidents received favors and threats in equal measure. The most infamous assassination during Kenyatta’s tenure was that of Tom Mboya- for which Luo Nyanza has never forgiven him. But, it must be remembered that the West is not just one homogenous group, even as they sit on the same ideological divide. In the 1960s, Britain and USA competed on every front. The United States wanted to vanquish the British Empire once and for all, but Britain would never go down easily. One historian pointed out that the sun would never set on the British Empire, and some Britons like Kenya’s own Massie Bloomfield still believe this. Bloomfield’s letters to the editor on Daily Nation have been filled with views on how British colonialism was a virtue rather than a vice.

As a matter of factly, Jomo Kenyatta was Britain’s candidate through and through; even as he vexed the often common anti Western rhetoric jabs that every African President likes to throw around. Tom Mboya, on the other hand, was an American in heart and soul. So, you can appreciate why there was a deadly clash between Britain and USA- through their proxies- Jomo Kenyatta and Tom Mboya, respectively. For you must remember that Britain would never let its crown jewel, Kenya, fall into the hands of America. It wanted to turn Kenya into Australia. America on the other hand, wanted to turn Kenya into Africa’s Israel- a thriving knowledge economy teeming with start ups Tel Aviv, Boston or Silicon Valley style. So much for the African peasant guiding the destiny of her country.

In hindsight, if the global power plays had not been there, I think Jomo Kenyatta would have made a great benevolent dictator- one in which Kenya would rank first among equals in the world’s living standards, but where dissent would not have been tolerated. But my point is precisely that we shouldn’t be too harsh on our first two Presidents; Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi. Ultimately, let’s remember that they were dealing with forces that were far beyond their control. It’s the only way we can reconcile their vision Vis a Vis their actions. Now, you can subscribe to receive Daily Campaign Articles.
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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural economics and Resource management- The course and where one can work.

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural economics and resource management is a course that is offered by a number of public Universities.
Some of the Universities that offer the course include Moi University and Egerton University. In a nutshell, one will study about economics and management, with a special application to agricultural disciplines. About 90% of the curriculum is similar to an economics and
management class.

One will learn such aspects as land utilization, scarcity of resources, alleviation of poverty in communities, carrying out the most beneficial economic activities in the community among other activities. Some of the management units will include finance, strategic management, and accounting. In economics, one will make use of economic models and graphs, development economics, some sociology, econometrics among other disciplines. Some of the major employers of Agricultural economics and resource management graduates include the ministry of Agriculture, lands, agricultural research organizations such as KARI and ICRAF. One can also work for microfinance institutions and banks that advance loans to farmers and local communities.   You can also work for agricultural based organizations such as Kenya Seed, AFC, ADC, KTDA, KCC among others.

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19 comments:

  1. I just checked the JAB website and realized i had been called for Bachelor of science(electrical and electronic engineering).Is this course marketable,? What is the start pay if you secure a jo,?Do you think take the course matters?

    Julius.

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  2. As a bachelor of science degree in electrical and electronics engineering, you can work in mobile phone companies e.g safaricom, airtel, Yu, orange,Telekom, etc in heavy energy industries as a power engineer e.g Bamburi, EABL,and other manufacturing/production companies , in internet service providers, media and broadcasting companies etc. The starting pay can range from between kshs.30,000 and kshs120,000 per month.

    If you did not find the answer to the question you were looking for, you can always feel free to ask and I'll be more than happy to answer.

    C.O.K Mabinda
    Editor
    Kenyan campus Blog

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  3. Bsc Agricultural Engineering,wat does it involve,work areas and paymentsBsc Agricultural Engineering,wat does it involve,work areas and payments

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  4. Hv been called 2 do Bsc Agricultural Engineering JKUAT,plz where will i work coz am getting people saying that they normally dont get employment,what are the payments,or i should go and change yet i like the couse...plz help me,am jst confused.Hv been called 2 do Bsc Agricultural Engineering JKUAT,plz where will i work coz am getting people saying that they normally dont get employment,what are the payments,or i should go and change yet i like the couse...plz help me,am jst confused.

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  5. Agricultural engineering is closely related to mechanical engineering, only that it has a special emphasis on some agricultural applications. You will learn the design concepts needed for designing components, you will also learn some basic technical drawing, since every design must first begin as a drawing. You will also learn some workshop skills, such as operating the lathe machine, doing some basic maintenance etc.

    When it comes to looking for a job, you can get a job anywhere that a mechanical engineering graduate can get a job. You can be employed in manufacturing companies such as soap, cooking fat, edible oil, Agro chemicals, sweets, and car manufacturers such as General Motors, Total, Car&General etc. , agricultural based manufacturing companies such as KTDA, Kenya seed, Del Monte,KCC, etc. The metal and metal forming companies such as iron sheet manufactures, car parts manufacturers,sufuria,basin, and other basic component manufacturers, the kind of companies you see in Industrial area in Nairobi. The starting pay varies, but should be anywhere from kshs.30,000 to kshs.65,000 per month.

    Hope I answered your question correctly. If you need any more clarification, you can always ask again.

    Thanks.
    C.O.K mabinda
    Editor
    Kenyan campus Blog.

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  6. Now that you have informed me about Geologists salaries in kenya,i have visited the kenyanblog 4 the vacancies in geology & to my surprise , 4 every vacancy they a talking of 2,3,5...yrs of exprience in the related field,now my query is that when i pursue this course of Geology in Uon where exactly will i get this exprience just after my graduatioo & how much i can earn since starting with a salary of 6 figures dsn't sound as a reality.pliz help as you've always done.

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  7. The question of experience is not unique to geology alone, many fresh Kenyan graduates in varied professions are facing the same problem of experience. From computer science, engineering, to business management to Geology and other courses, the problem of experience is there. You can leverage that problem by:

    - Treating the attachments you for as some sort of experience. You can form networks at the place where you will get attachment and you can hopefully return there to seek for a job. ( I suppose every course has a requirement for one to go for an attachment in the third year or so) and get industry skills. That is not hard to get, and many companies are actually willing to offer students attachments.
    - Get unpaid internship, but take care not to be misused, some companies actually like taking advantage of fresh graduates who are willing to volunteer.
    Those are some of the methods you could use so as to bypass that problem.

    Anyway, some companies do recognize that when they employ you, you do not have the necessary practical skills to carry out the job. So, many sensible companies these days employ you as a graduate management trainee, a graduate trainee, so that they revolve you around the various departments in the company and then after two years, they will post you to your job/area expertise. The trend is catching on, and hopefully by the time you have completed,many companies will have embraced that.

    About the starting salaries, and whether the six figure salary is too unrealistic, yes, only a few companies offer that kind of package. The rest (including the government) have starting salaries of about kshs.30,000).

    However, if you have a few friends, just ask about the starting salaries at Kengen and Geothermal Development Company (GDC), and you will be surprised at the answers.

    Hope I answered your question correctly. If you need any more clarification, you can always ask again.

    Thanks.
    C.O.K mabinda
    Editor
    Kenyan campus Blog.

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  8. hi mr.mabinda i have been called to egerton university to do agricultural economics.i wanted to know the repoting dates,if the course is marketable and the salary expectations.thankshi mr.mabinda i have been called to egerton university to do agricultural economics.i wanted to know the repoting dates,if the course is marketable and the salary expectations.thanks

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  9. About the reporting dates for Egerton University,I'm not sure, since when the suggestion of double intake was put forward, some universities have changed their academic calendar.

    About the course, it has much to do with economics than agriculture per se. In fact, about 80% of the course is similar to economics. So, you are bound to share many classes with economics and management students. True, there will be some agricultural units here and there, but the core of the course is economics. You will learn such concepts as statistics, use of graphs to portray economic data, development issues and economics, sociology, finance, resource mobilization and rural development, econometrics etc.

    Your possible employers will be banks; possibly to assist in lending of loans to farmers, agricultural research organisations such as Agra (Alliance for the green revolution of Africa), KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute), ICRAF, financial institutions, NGOs that work to promote the economy of rural communities, agricultural resource companies such as KCC, Kenya Seed, KTDA, Finlay,ADC, government departments such as ministry of Agriculture etc.

    Hope I answered your question correctly. If you need any more clarification, you can always ask again.

    Thanks.
    C.O.K mabinda
    Editor
    Kenyan campus Blog.

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  11. hi mr mabinda ad like to know, what a bachelor in agricultural economics entails and its marketability at the moment compared to other economics courses, and its first possible salary.thanks in advance!

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  12. Hi Mr Mabinda am called to Embu University college for bachelor of science in agriculture,,am worried coz i don have a clue on what it entails, its marketability and where ad get employed on completion of the course. please assist

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  13. hi Mr.Mabinda,am doin BSc.Agricultural Resources Management.3rd yr and would like to know various places to do attachment...u can email me:kellenmurithi@yahoo.com

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  14. Hi
    I cannot see the geologist salary anywhere

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  15. Hi mr mabinda i have been admitted to masinde muliro university to do agricultural economics and resource management but am comfused because i was thinking to change with B.COM.please help with ideas inaccordance with the experience you have wether i should change or just do the course pliz

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  16. HI MABINDA I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION IN BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND PLACES OF ATTACHMENTS IF POSSIBLE THANKYOU.

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  17. hae mabinda i would like to know which course between bachelor of science in medical biochemistry and agricultural economics and resource management is marketable please may i know because aim in dillemma

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