KThe nation of Kenya has been going through an economic recession since the 2017 General Elections, and this year it must brace for worse economic times with the failed long rains that were expected between mid-March and May.
It is now past mid-April and most parts of the country have not received the expected long rains for planting seasonal crops, both food and cash crops and a regeneration of long crops like sugarcane, tea and coffee.
The County governments of the region must prepare for the hard times ahead, and the people of the region must also prepare for the tough times ahead.
We cannot just talk at funerals and informal fora casually. Time has come when the elected leaders at both the national government and County governments must strategize and come up with convincing practical measures that will mitigate the hard economic times the people of Kenya are going through and are adversely impacting their lives in the short term and several months to come.
The harsh economic times translate to low tax collections by the national government and the County government and therefore the ability by the two levels of government to cushion the lives of the ordinary Kenyans is weaker and precarious.
Kenya will have to swallow its pride and face reality by re-examining its economic policies, whether they are inclusive of the Big Four Agenda or whatever comes along, live within its means and put in place measures to jump-start the economy using infusion of financial lending from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who only lend money on stringent terms.
The individual Kenyan must thoroughly tighten his financial spending in the tough times the country is facing and is going to face in 2019. The failure of the long rains is awake up call to all of us about reality of climate change and its ramifications on our lives.
We must take environmental protection and conservation more seriously if the scenario of failed long rains we are now experiencing isn’t set to become a normal occurrence in the years ahead.
We must be prudent with our resources both natural and financial and otherwise if we are to survive and prosper but 2019 is going to be challenging with the climate reversals we are now staring at.