(Non political) : For a month, we have concentrated on the losers – Kenya’s image, banks, truth, profits, employees, tourism sector, insurers, economy; so it’s a good time to look at some ‘winners’ today – people, concepts, companies who proved themselves and who may make some money from the post-election turmoil.
– Mobile phone companies – Safaricom and Celtel were a vital link throughout the country. Airtime was worth more than money at times.
– Language schools: Why? Cause you never know when it will be an advantage to multi-lingual in our multi-tribal Kenya again.
– NGO’s: Are back in business in a big way.
– Dick Morris: He never had a chance to participate in the election, but his ilk i.e. dirty tricks campaign managers were at work and in full force such that many professionals who ran clean, issue-oriented campaigns rarely had a chance in this election.
– Gated community housing projects.
– Uchumi Supermarkets: Won a lot of points for being open and doing business even when urban clashes were at outide their doors. Investors can expect no dividends until 2011, but the company may get a better reception if they approach investors with another rights issue thsi year.
– Kenyans online: From blogs, to online initiatives (reporting violence, airtime/voucher transfer) thousands turned online to vent, tell their stories, get news, correct their country’s image and restore sanity – after a media blackout and/or fatigue from the political bickering and violent images that ran on TV all day.
Can you name any other winners?