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No festive cheer for some Kenyans

25 December 2013, 14:05

Nairobi - While billions of people across the world are celebrating Christmas, some Kenyans are downbeat.

Several Kenyans interviewed by CAJ News on Tuesday said the economic woes they encountered would steal the joy they had anticipated this festive season.

Yosefa Ahmed, a Somalia trading in Nairobi said Christmas this year will just pass him by.

“There is nothing much to celebrate about this year. We worked so hard, but the results were always disappointing,” Ahmed said.

Richard Wendo said he lost his job as a builder arguing that he did not know what to do with his family next year.

“My kids are expected to go to school just like any other families, but my situation is pathetic. The little I had saved must now be jealously guarded and be used for school fees when schools open in January," Wendo said.

In Mombasa, Perseverance Kirubi, said he would spend this Christmas worshiping instead of indulging with friends and strangers.

“I would rather have time with my Lord Jehovah God than spending the few shillings on beer or just spending. I know that when I spend my money investing in the house of Jehovah God, good things will follow me on the days of my life.......so this Christmas holiday, I must start giving generously to widows, orphans and elderly people,” said Kirubi.

Idris Omonde said he would drink of beer with family and friends.

“I worked so hard and had no time to rest from January to December. I have told myself that now is the time to relax. But I must relax drinking beer with my friends, relatives and girlfriend," Omonde said.

– CAJ News


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