THE constant froth of political controversy can sometimes distract us from the steady progress being made in Kenya and across the African continent.
The opening of Berth 19 at Mombasa Port on Wednesday marked a milestone in the development of East Africa.
When history is written, the greatest achievements of the Kibaki era will be recognized as its unprecedented commitment to improving infrastructure and to media freedom.
This Sh4.8 billion investment will allow the port to handle an additional 200,000 containers per year. Mombasa is now second only to Durban in Africa in its capacity to handle traffic.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said at the inauguration that he is determined to make Mombasa the largest, busiest and most business-friendly port in East Africa.
If Uhuru manages to fixes Mombasa port, it will be a huge achievement. The World Bank has estimated that the inefficiency at the port combined with poor transport infrastructure reduces Kenyan's economic growth rate by 2 percent per year. That also has a knock-on effect on the other East African countries who rely on Mombasa.
So congrats to retired President Kibaki for pushing infrastructure, and kudos to President Uhuru for his insistence on improving efficiency at the port.
Quote of the day: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." - American investor Warren Buffett was born on August 30, 1930.