• Most Kenyans are not celebrating Christmas as they would have wished. 
  • Tough economic times drive Kenyans to frustration and depression. 
  • The president and his deputy are optimistic for better times ahead, comparing the pain to the Kibaki golden era. 

If hope was a currency in Kenya, then it is at an all-time low! This Christmas splits the country into two extreme divides: the haves and the have-nots. There is hardly a middle class if critically researched currently.

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Unbearable Christmas

“I barely have anything to eat, there’s no smell of chapati within my neighborhood. I have to raise school fees for my 3 children. It is unbearable to even imagine a happy new year!” Jane from Kibera lamented in deep sorrow.

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“If you see a man opening up, just know it is unbearable. I have been trying to fight everything in silence, but I’m defeated. I just want to go up country, get my bearings as I look for an opportunity.

I am going through hell!

I lost my job in mid-October when the government demolished where I was working in Athi River Mavoko.
I have sold everything! The landlord locked me and the family out… Yesterday we slept outside. I only need of Kshs. 5,000 to travel upcountry.” Moses, supposedly a middle-class earner in Kenya.

President Ruto put on the spot.
Protestor against the taxes arrested on the street by plain clothed police. Picture Courtesy AFP 2023 SIMON MAINA

 

Most Kenyans relate the tough times to change in economic approach by the government. It has been captured widely through satire as rutonomics.

The government introduced various taxes that have yet to yield to the economic transformation as was projected. Instead, companies have closed down, quite a number lost their jobs and the shilling weaker against foreign currency, straining the economy further.

The president distribution of food during Christmas in his rural home in Sugoi was met with criticism on social media.

The 1st lady Rachael Ruto distributing the Presidents food donations in Sugoi, their Rural home. Picture Courtesy.

 

“Modern bribery. I bet as usual you fed them with endless promises and one packet of unga chapati. We have a long way to go!!” @monshood_mose

“Sharing is caring. Good job Rais!” @OmeteYusuf

“The lord of poverty” @vincent_mosweta

“Nothing to celebrate, all these people are here because they are hungry. Tells a lot about your leadership. Printing your name and picture on foodstuff is downright demeaning.” @Denimxii

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To most Kenyans, the Finance Act 2023 is the cause of their unbearable situation currently.

Hon. Raila Odinga, a leading opposition leader and former prime minister has made repealing of the Finance Act and agenda for 2024 to ease the burden realistically for Kenyans. He also called for unity and for Kenyans to reflect to their lives during Christmas.

President Ruto and DP Gachagua optimistic

Besides the harsh economic times, the President and his deputy are optimistic of a transformed economy. They argue, the situation is short-lived and soon the cost of living will come down.

“Our economy is growing by 5.4%. Those are World Bank figures, not mine! Infact, they quote Kenya as the 29th fastest growing economy globally.” President Ruto said on a live national TV interview.

 

In a past interview, Ruto compared the current pain to former president Kibaki era where Kenya experienced tangible economic transformation. Reading from the same script, DP Gachagua reiterated the same in Nyeri Church service.

“We work late into the night to ensure things get better. So far, we are getting on well, all shall be well. With Kibaki, the country started getting better in 2006 and he left the office as a hero.” DP Gachagua at a Church service in his Mathira home in Nyeri.

However, critics rebuffed claiming Kibaki had concrete programs like Free primary Education that directly touched lives and reduced costs. He introduced supporting funds to groups to widen th3e tax bracket, rather than taxing more from the few already burdened.

He also put-up guiding policy like the vision 2030 that gave people not only hope but a clear roadmap to prosperity.

“Kibaki never bragged about going to the office early but the results of his first-year work in office were very visible, albeit the fact that he was in wheelchair. Go and cheat tugeges who still have time to listen to lies.” a critic on YouTube on the post @alfredorek5446

December 25, 2023

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Ghetto Radio Managing Director, a Leadership Scholar, Social enthusiast, humanity is a core pillar. Musician and music lover. I am Unbwogable!

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