In Summary
  • We still suffer acutely from the three evils that our founding fathers swore to eradicate: Poverty, ignorance and disease.
  • It is a great shame that a third of all the food produced is lost due to preventable circumstances.

At one time in our short period as a free nation, we Kenyans were rated to be the most optimistic people on earth.

Alas, this is no longer the case. In fact, the sense of euphoria did not last long, and I believe this had everything to do with our brand of politics, which has all the finesse of a pigsty built by a vagabond hired from a village kumi kumi (illicit brew) den.

Three months after a fiercely fought presidential election, and billions of shillings out of pocket, this country still lacks a functional executive government because one half of the voting public doesn’t believe in it while the other half feels cheated out of two election victories.

FOOD SECURITY

We aspire to be a middle income nation in the next 13 years, but at this rate, we will be lucky if by 2030, we are not back where we started 50 years ago.

We still suffer acutely from the three evils that our founding fathers swore to eradicate: Poverty, ignorance and disease.

They should have added a fourth — hunger and starvation.

As a country, we still cannot feed ourselves.

Granted, not all the hungers that assail us are of our own making, but we cannot escape the fact that we have been unable to mitigate them because our leaders are too busy fighting for political power.

STARVATION
One event on Thursday this week is a pointer to the malaise.

How many people, besides a number of journalists and staff of the Agriculture and Irrigation ministries are aware that Kenya marked the UN World Food Day almost a month after the rest of the world did?

This is because we were holding our second presidential election on the same day other people were thinking about food.

The World Food Day is marked in October every year so that governments can remind themselves that in this day and age, millions are going without adequate food and some actually dying of starvation.

DROUGHT

In Kenya alone, at least 3.4 million people are at risk of starvation, while in the larger Horn of Africa region, 15 million are even more vulnerable.

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