Indeed, economic freedom is only 100 days away, so get ready to eat and party
Hordes of traders have reportedly descended on Kenya Railways Reserve land at Karatina, claiming that Prezzo-elect MP Rigathi Gachagua had promised them the land once he takes office. They were pushed back by armed police. They withdrew, promising to return once Gachagua was sworn in.
By then they may be spoiled for choice as around one million acres may be purchased by then as promised by Kenya Kwanza Alliance to resettle landless people . While priority will be given to coastal communities that squat on other people’s land, Karatina’s people are only a handful, so that wouldn’t change the calculations significantly.
In any case, if Karatina traders are patient, the 100 billion shillings scam fund will be set up, within the first 100 days of Kenya Kwanza administration, so they can choose to boost their activity and stay put.
For those interested in port jobs, there should be plenty of opportunities once all port operations are restored in Mombasa. In other words, there will be a gravy train that will travel from all corners of the country, flowing into Mombasa.
And the rambling subsidies the Jubilee administration has offered on oil and unga, for example, will be extended to all consumer goods, indefinitely, including the well-dried, well-rounded onions that Senator Moses Wetang’ula has saliva.
The beauty of it all is that Kenya Kwanza has signed charters against which the population can monitor the delivery of a range of promised gifts, from tax refunds to business and training opportunities.
In fact, their election could not have come at a better time, as the subsidized fertilizer, retailing at 2,500 shillings, up from 7,000 shillings, will be delivered just before the short October rains.
Indeed, as Karatina traders have lamented, freedom is coming, in just 100 days, to redeem Kenyans who have long suffered from the economic slump. But government land and other amenities will remain out of reach, now and in the future.