As many Kenyans usher in the new year with much expectations
following the challenging year 2020 that was hit by the global coronavirus pandemic,
economic stability, health and other major living standard issues takes a lion
share of their concerns in 2021.
The economy was put to a slump as many businesses,
especially in Trans Nzoia county, lost hope of recovery. However, the new year
has brought in hope, following reports of the vaccine found globally and the
efforts laid out by the government in cushioning and stabilizing the economy.
Residents in Kitale says that it is a year of restoration
and the government should continue in its fight against the virus and stabilize
” The government should collaborate with the
international community to find a solution to avert the virus, especially now
that a vaccine has been found. This year, they should focus on restoring the
country’s economic situation before factoring in other issues that can wait,”
says a resident of Kitale.
A farmer from the region, Patrick Too, revealed to News 9
Kenya that “Life has been very difficult in the last year due to the
pandemic, many people lost jobs and businesses collapsed. We hope this year
things will be better as we adapt to the new normal. Matters about referendum
should come later because at hand it seems so irrelevant to Kenyans.”
The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) announced that
the board is ready to buy maize from farmers at Ksh. 2500 per 90Kg bag. Many hope
that the process will not be invaded by cartels.
” The NCPB announced it will buy maize from farmers. Last
year a majority of farmers had little harvest and others didn’t take part in
the planting season, owing to the ongoing pandemic. The government should be
concerned farmers and check its priorities right this year,” he added.