Optimism for Kenyans as they usher in the new year

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Businessman Douglas Shimenga speaking to West Media

A section of Kenyans are optimistic that 2021 will usher an economic revival, following a tough period brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Webuye businessman Douglas Shimenga, famously known as Webuye printers, while speaking to West Media, said he had to close shop as his main customers were from schools and since they had closed since March, he had no option but to close his business.

He said he had to send away more than 20 employees and he felt bad for them since the job was their main source of income. “The pandemic hit us hard, especially for us in this printing business because schools are our main customers. Some were closed yet they had our debts and that left us financially crippled,” he stated.

He urged the national government to release school funds so that some may clear the debts they owe suppliers who are going through tough times. However, he said he is hopeful this year will be better, citing that the Covid-19 vaccine will be available.

On his part, Bungoma County Health CEC Dr. Anthony Walela said he is hopeful the new year will be good and urged Kenyans to focus on the future, forgetting what’s behind. Speaking to West Media in Nabuyole area in Webuye East sub county, he said people should focus on what’s ahead but keep the lessons learnt in 2020 close.

He said as a County, they have handled Covid-19 well and lauded the medical department for doing an exemplary work. However, he regretted the fact that around 16 people from the County succumbed to the virus, saying most of them had underlying conditions.

He has urged Kenyans to keep observing the Covid-19 infection prevention guidelines. He further stated that health workers should now work together to serve Kenyans, given that doctors and clinical officers have resumed their duties.