Indeed, economic freedom is coming in just 100 days, so get ready to eat and make merry

Peter Kimani
The unga subsidy program sent the cost of a two-kilogram packet of maize flour down. [iStockphoto]

Indeed, economic freedom is coming in just 100 days, so get ready to eat and make merry

Hordes of traders reportedly descended on the Kenya Railways reserve land in Karatina, claiming that Deputy Prezzo-elect Rigathi Gachagua promised them the land once he gets into power. They were repelled by armed police officers. They retreated, promising to return once Gachagua is sworn into office.

By that time, they will possibly be spoilt for choice, as some one million acres will be possibly be purchased by then, as promised by Kenya Kwanza Alliance, to resettle landless people. While priority will be given to coastal communities who have been squatting on others’ land, Karatina folks are just a handful, so wouldn’t alter the math significantly.

In any case, if the Karatina traders are patient, the Sh100 billion hustler fund will be in place, within the first 100 days of the Kenya Kwanza administration, so they might opt to boost their business and stay put.

For those interested in port jobs, there should be plentiful of opportunities once all port operations are restored in Mombasa. Put another way, there will be a gravy train coursing from all corners of the country, draining in Mombasa.

And the desultory subsidies that the Jubilee administration has been offering on oil and unga, for instance, will be extended to all consumer goods, indefinitely, including the nicely dried, well-rounded onions that Senator Moses Wetang'ula has been salivating about.

The beauty of all this is that Kenya Kwanza signed charters against which the populace can monitor their delivery of a raft of goodies that they promised, from tax rebates to business and training opportunities.

In fact, their election couldn’t have come at a better time, as subsidised fertiliser, retailing at Sh2,500, down from Sh7,000, will be delivered just ahead of the short rains in October.

Indeed, as the Karatina traders wailed, freedom is coming, in just 100 days, to redeem long-suffering Kenyans from economic doldrums. But government land and other amenities will remain out of reach, now and in the future.