Nixon Kanali, @NicKanali The latest survey conducted by Ipsos Synovate has revealed that 70 per cent and 60 per cent of Kenyans respectively, expect the cost of living and economic conditions to worsen in 2014. The study has also put the Jubilee government on the spot over the unfulfilled promises it made prior to the last General Election.
During the campaigns, the Jubilee government had promised to tackle issues ranging from transport and infrastructure, education, the economy, security, healthcare, agriculture and food security, devolution among other things.
However as the 2013 year come to an end, Kenyans have little if nothing to celebrate or benefit about the Jubilee year as it had been christened. On matters of the cost of living, this is the year the rate of inflation continued to be high. It is the year that key food items went high after introduction of 16 percent tax on consumer products. A World Bank report on Kenya’s economy 2013 revealed how our economy is still operating below its potential, something which the current government had pledged to look into in their 100 years in office.
This year, our security was also ranked among the worst in Africa. According to a report released by Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) released in London in October, Kenya was ranked position 42 near the edge of the bottom-placed and ranking as poor in personal security for its citizens and visitors and in the safety and rule of law indexes at 36 and 33 respectively. This came just after we suffered one of the most serious terror attacks at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi which left more than 67 people injured. Ethnic clashes in Turkana, Marsabit and Samburu counties were also on the rise.
In a commentary published recently in one of the local dailies, the Deputy President William Ruto admitted that indeed insecurity was a challenge.
“I want all Kenyans to consider the fact that our external threats increase every day, and to reflect on their role in securing the nation. Terrorists have not hidden their desire to inflict destruction and suffering on our land,” he wrote.
We hope this is going to change come 2014.
2013 is also the year that has seen the country lost the most disturbing numbers of people on our roads due to road accidents. More than 3000 people have lost their lives on our roads. Our country even acquired the notorious distinction as a country with the highest road accident rates.
The laptop project was also the most promising gift the government had promised to primary school pupils. The project was however cancelled over what the government termed as a budget deficit as bidders exceeded the budgetary projections. Nothing has been heard since then.
The rate of unemployment continues to be a headache. When the Jubilee government came into power, they promised one million jobs for the Kenyan youths. The government made good its promise of creating a youth and women interest free fund out of the funds set aside to fund the second round of the presidential election. This is what led to the creation of the Uwezo Fund. The funds have been devolved to the constituency and runs in the same lines as the constituency development fund. Question is, how many youths and women have benefited from this?
Well, Kenyans were so optimistic about the new government when it came into office. This recent report by Ipsos however shows that Kenyans are worried.
As we usher in the New Year 2014 we hope the government will up its game. Kenyans are watching, they want to see more of the Kusema na Kutena.
What are your 2014 expectations from the Jubilee government?
Happy New year 2014 Kenyans