A budget rich on numbers and hope but ...
I, like majority of Kenyans, cannot get my head around a billion shillings let alone the trillions being bandied about as the panacea to the myriad problems bedeviling our country.A day before the budget statement was read, media reports said that seven people died of starvation in Kalapata location of Turkana South District.
SEE ALSO :Cleric blames the law for poor moralsLast month, President Kibaki declared drought a national disaster and ordered Treasury to facilitate urgent imports of maize to boost the country’s strategic grain reserves.The reason for recapping the media reports on hungry Kenyans and our government’s knee-jerk reactions to disasters is to remind ourselves that we need to see tangible actions on the ground to mitigate the adverse effects of drought and famine. We cannot afford to have one more Kenyan die of hunger!Anything short of resuscitating the starving Kenyans and bringing them back to good health, smacks of a budget rich in numbers but reeks of total disconnect between the numbers and the Kenyans it is supposed to serve.It is a cardinal sin for any government ministry in this poverty-stricken country to return money to Treasury at the end of the financial year when Kenyans are sharing hospital beds, lack drugs and basic preventive and curative medical services and are dying from starvation.Truly those trillions proposed in the 2011 budget have to account for something and it is we Kenyans who must make the authorities at all levels accountable.
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