The commitment to increase the price of Kenyan tea agreed with the main producers' consortium, the Kenya Tea Development Agency, has given neighbouring countries a comparative advantage. Unaffected by these measures, foreign companies in Kenya are selling their stocks more easily, while Kenyan firms' stocks are piling up.
Richard Ngatia, head of the Kenyan Chamber of Commerce, is carrying out an intense diplomatic campaign as he bids to become governor of Nairobi. He is already influential in East Africa but is also strengthening his ties in the Gulf as he promises jobs for young voters.
The Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta fears that the country's appeal to investors will decline in the run-up to what is expected to be a hotly disputed election. He has instructed his teams to promote a new eurobond in the world's leading financial marketplaces.
As the two top presidential candidates, deputy president William Ruto and Raila Odinga - now backed by his former rival President Uhuru Kenyatta - ramp up their campaigns, a tug-of-war is emerging behind the scenes between newcomers wanting to make their mark and long-standing advisers.