In a week which was full of drama resulting from the events at International Criminal Court, where Deputy President William Ruto is facing charges of crimes against humanity, it was easy to overlook the fact that the management of public affairs continues uninterrupted, and in small ways the country is moving steadily forwards.
An example of such progress came in the announcement that the government is set to release about 12,000 prisoners, and allow them to serve out their sentences in 'community service', in a move to de-congest prisons.
The shameful levels of overcrowding in Kenyan prisons is well known, and is the source of many horror stories. A unit within the prisons, designed for occupation by 30 prisoners, will usually have about 300 prisoners. And a jail intended to host 1,000 criminals will have anything from 3,000 to 4,000 of them, somehow stuffed into the facility.
The result is the swift and lethal spread of cholera, TB and other infectious diseases, just as soon as a sick inmate turns up at any of these prisons. Many prisoners sentenced to fairly short jail terms, have ended up dying of disease.
Making it worse is that many of those who end up in Kenyan jails, are actually guilty of fairly minor infractions and are often more the victims of circumstance than anything else: if they had only had access to a good lawyer, many of them would not have ended up in jail.
So it is a clear sign of progress that the government is making this effort to have many of those found guilty by our courts, serve noncustodial sentences.
This may seem a small thing at the time when our Deputy President is fighting tooth-and-nail to avoid having to serve a long sentence in a foreign jail, for alleged crimes against humanity relating to the post-election violence of 2008. It is this drama at The Hague which provided the most fascinating stories of the week.
But it is in just such small steps that progress is made, in matters which affect the ordinary people of this country. And when progress is made, it deserves to be acknowledged.