Mark Kapchanga
Mark Kapchanga is a senior economics writer for the Standard newspaper in Kenya and a columnist for the Global Times, an English-language newspaper in China. He is pursuing a PhD in investigative business journalism at the University of Nairobi.
Africa: COVID stories from the trenches

Africa: COVID stories from the trenches

  Pushed to the limit, Friday Ochieng' fixed his eyes to the ceiling of his home. He felt like crying but he could not; in his Luo culture, it is taboo for a grownup man to weep. A month earlier, the father of five had buried his wife after she lost a decade-long...

Leading by example

Leading by example

Innovation: local heroes Kenyans are used to finding local solutions to everyday challenges and COVID-19 has inspired innovators to find creative ways to cope with the pandemic Onyango Okoth was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 14 July after he visited a hospital in Kisumu...

C-19: Work and Jobs in Kenya

C-19: Work and Jobs in Kenya

In 2019, no less than 38.57% of young Kenyans (or 5,341,182 of 13,777,600) were out of work, according to census data. Article 260 of Kenya’s Constitution defines a youth as a person aged between 18 and 34.

COVID-19: In Kenya, social media are aflame

COVID-19: In Kenya, social media are aflame

The Kenyan Twitterverse turned into a furnace on 15 June after the Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, displayed his Covid-19 test results on social media and appealed to the people to take tests, sanitise and observe social distancing.

Caught in the crossfire

Caught in the crossfire

Kenya: Armed and dangerous Desperate and ruthless gangs find firearms widely available in Nairobi’s slums, presenting a constant security risk to the city’s residents A message posted on a Kenyan Facebook group known as Dandora Love People on 31 March, 2017 read like...

A low blow, or high-minded?

A low blow, or high-minded?

Kenya: rich tax Kenya’s market quarrels with government over the reintroduction of a levy on capital gains By Mark Kapchanga Since Kenya reintroduced a 5% capital gains tax (CGT) in January, its stock market has plummeted. The Nairobi Securities Exchange lost a...

Mark Kapchanga
Mark Kapchanga is a senior economics writer for the Standard newspaper in Kenya and a columnist for the Global Times, an English-language newspaper in China. He is pursuing a PhD in investigative business journalism at the University of Nairobi.
Africa: COVID stories from the trenches

Africa: COVID stories from the trenches

  Pushed to the limit, Friday Ochieng' fixed his eyes to the ceiling of his home. He felt like crying but he could not; in his Luo culture, it is taboo for a grownup man to weep. A month earlier, the father of five had buried his wife after she lost a decade-long...

Leading by example

Leading by example

Innovation: local heroes Kenyans are used to finding local solutions to everyday challenges and COVID-19 has inspired innovators to find creative ways to cope with the pandemic Onyango Okoth was diagnosed with COVID-19 on 14 July after he visited a hospital in Kisumu...

Caught in the crossfire

Caught in the crossfire

Kenya: Armed and dangerous Desperate and ruthless gangs find firearms widely available in Nairobi’s slums, presenting a constant security risk to the city’s residents A message posted on a Kenyan Facebook group known as Dandora Love People on 31 March, 2017 read like...

A low blow, or high-minded?

A low blow, or high-minded?

Kenya: rich tax Kenya’s market quarrels with government over the reintroduction of a levy on capital gains By Mark Kapchanga Since Kenya reintroduced a 5% capital gains tax (CGT) in January, its stock market has plummeted. The Nairobi Securities Exchange lost a...