The agony of a "waiting nation”
07 March 2013, 14:06
Kenyans have already spent enough time waiting for the election results and if nothing is done to hasten the process the economy will suffer a significant blow.
So far, students and pupils are yet to resume learning and this will mean that a portion of the money they spent on school fees goes to waste; a part of their syllabus is not covered thus leaving them less informed.
Some of the people who traveled up country are yet to commute back to the city.
Matatu drivers are out of business because people are not commuting as expected, and the few who are commuting are paying reduced fares. This is a relief of sorts because the matatu operators made a kill over the weekend as people were going home to vote, but to some extent, it hurts the economy.
Those who are in the villages are already complaining about shortage of necessary commodities.
In most areas, shops and supermarkets ran out of perishables as early as Sunday. People in some regions are soon learning to survive without milk and bread because the bakers, retailers and suppliers “went home to vote and never came back”.
Major towns have not been spared the wrath of a “waiting nation”.
In Nairobi, people in some estates are already complaining about hiked commodity prices. Shopping at a supermarket does not guarantee you of enough supplies because most of the supermarkets have a tag warning customers to “buy only one packet of Unga/sugar”.
In Kasarani area, one tomato is retailing at KES 30 which is five times the normal price, while a packet of milk is retailing at KES 50 which is KES 5 more than the normal price.
People living along Waiyaki way are decrying shortage of vegetables as well as vehicles.
In a market that is usually green due to the plenty of kales, spinach, and fruits are empty stalls only selling cabbages which have a longer life span than most other greens.
The most affected areas are Uthiru and Kangemi, with a cabbage retailing at KES 30-40 instead of the normal KES 15-20. Butcheries are still closed and those still in Nairobi stay indoors, waiting.
In Mombasa, most supermarkets have been closed. Fare and food prices within Changamwe have been hiked too, making the burden heavier for faithful tax payers.
Most learning institutions have asked employees to stay home longer because they are afraid for their security. Instead of resuming work on 7th as recommended by IEBC, employees and students/pupils will report from the 10th.
It is important to note that the growth of our economy greatly depends on the contribution of everyone, especially the working class.
A lot of Kenyans live on wages, and a day out of work means a day ends with dry pockets.
As the adage goes, time spent waiting is time wasted.
For a working nation like Kenya, time spent waiting is time spent crippling the economy.
Research shows that the average person spends approximately 3 year waiting in a lifetime. If this is anything to go by, most Kenyans have already exploited their reserved “waiting time”.
We need to get back to work and build a nation that we can proudly call our home.
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