Angry Kenyans have taken to social media to protest about the high cost of living in the country and this is driven by the spike in the cost of basic commodities like food, electricity, and fuel.
They have criticized ye government for failing to stem/stabilize the rise in the prices of everyday items which has made life unbearable for the middle waged and lower waged citizens.
The overall inflation rate in the country fell slightly straight to 5%but common item like maize flour, potatoes, cooking gas, vegetables and even fruits despite it’s the harvesting months for mangoes in the country.
Food inflation stood at 9% as by January this year and this shows that many Kenyans failed to put food on the table or even afford three meals a day.
Many shared their shopping lists showing how prices of basic food items like bread, milk, sugar, maize and wheat flour had spiked in the recent months making it difficult to acquire food.
Question is, could it because of Covid 19 that did affect the tourism industry making the Kenyan shilling to drop? Or, them the leaders have tampered with the VAT regulations to get money for campaign since elections are months away? Or, climate change that has affected other parts of the country specially the North which has affected more than 2.8 million people.
Can the government really help us is the big question?
Many are insisting to make right decision and select leaders that will help the economy rise basing in mind that president Uhuru Kenyatta with his deputy promised better life but the results Kenyans can see and feel the pinch.
For how long the hashtag will trend and whether there is change is the question.
By Purity Nyang’ara