Finally! The rains have poured
The rains are finally here, after months of sunshine that led to drought, hunger, and loss of lives plus the ravaging high cost of living.
The rains which began on March 16, 2023, have caused floods in some areas in Nairobi, including Imara Daima and Westlands.
This is exactly a month and two days after President William Ruto’s administration held prayers at the Nyayo Stadium asking God for rain.
“All Kenyans should pray for our country so that God can bestow favour and blessings to our nation Kenya,” said President Ruto at the time.
Specifically, First Lady Mama Rachel was captured on her knees praying for the prolonged drought situation in the country. Her prayer appeared similar to Prophet Elijah’s who interceded for his nation after a drought of three and a half years.
The rainy season which is expected to last until mid-May comes as good news to farmers as the planting season is now here. Maize and beans are Kenya’s staple food and President William Ruto’s administration has distributed subsidised fertiliser to farmers in a bid to shore up the level of food production.
In the past few years, Kenya has witnessed a drop in food production, leading to the importation of maize and milk from Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia.
The metrological department has warned that the rain patterns may be shorter and inconsistent.
It had been reported that more than 5 million Kenyans have been affected by the drought.
Nine arid and semi-arid (ASAL) counties – namely Kilifi, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, Wajir, Isiolo, Kitui, and Kajiado – were in the Alarm drought phase while 13 counties are in the Alert drought phase.
This saw the government pleading with Kenyan to donate to others facing famine and drought saying that the contribution would be used to feed at least 4.3 million Kenyans in the affected 23 counties.