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KOT angered after Uhuru fails to address food, rent in Monday speech

Many say fares have hiked, landlords already threatening to throw them out over arrears.

In Summary

• Kenyans on Social media were on Monday angered after President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to address what they termed critical issues amid COVID-19 spread.

• On twitter, Kenyas said it was unfair for the head of state to keep Kenyans waiting for over two hours for him to only to give an update on partnership.

President Uhuru Kenyatta gives his address during a press briefing on the roll out of Google Loon 4G to mitigate Coronavirus Work Disruptions, at State House, Nairobi on Monday, March 23, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta gives his address during a press briefing on the roll out of Google Loon 4G to mitigate Coronavirus Work Disruptions, at State House, Nairobi on Monday, March 23, 2020.
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Kenyans on Social media were on Monday angered after President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to address what they termed critical issues amid the Covid-19 spread.

On Twitter, Kenyas said it was unfair for the head of state to keep Kenyans waiting for over two hours for him to only to give an update on a 'partnership'.

Uhuru on Monday at State House announced that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has signed an agreement with Google Loon that allows Loon Balloons to fly over Kenyan airspace.

These balloons, which will hover well above our commercial airspace, carry 4G base stations and have the capacity to provide wider signal coverage.

The President said the new development will enable Kenya to retain her competitive advantages in ICT and innovation in the midst of the current crisis; while at the same time laying the foundation for greater expansion once the current health challenge is contained. 

Some KOT hit back saying Uhuru's communication team should have just sent a statement to newsrooms instead of making the address to the nation.

Others said at such a time, Uhuru should only appear on national television to make a serious announcement.

 
 
 

President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 15 made an official announcement that three positive cases had been confirmed.

The number has since risen and now stands at 16 as of Monday according to Health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

As a result, the President declared a raft of measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.

Among the measures he announced were a closure of all learning institutions while encouraging employers to embrace the work from home policy.

As a result, many employers have embraced the idea with some sending their staff on unpaid leave or with half salary.

The latest is Kenya Airways which said as a result of the economic impact the disease has caused, several employees will be sent packing until further notice.

Since then, the banking sector made an announcement that it would extend loan repayment on personal loans and waive charges on mobile transactions.

Though president Uhuru Kenyatta has severally warned traders against hoarding and increasing prices,  several counties have moved in and declared a closure to open air markets rendering many businessmen and women jobless.

As the reality of the Corona disease continues to bit, many Kenyans have expressed concerns on how they are going to access basic commodities like water, rent, sanitisers and food.

When a notification was sent that the president will be making an address to the nation, many hooked their eyes on televisions hoping that the head of state will announce a relief especially to the low income earners.

Unfortunately, the president announced that Google Loon had partnered with Telkom Kenya to allow a 4G network connectivity across the country.

"This is to enable Kenyans access internet as they work from home during this crisis. It will allow Kenya to lay foundations for greater expansion ones the virus is contained," he said.

He said that all Kenyans will enjoy access to high speed and affordable internet services.

But some Kenyans asked how they would browse without food on the table with threats from landlords.

Victor Muchere said, "Dear President Uhuru Kenyatta, 90% of Kenyans care less about Google Loon and Telkom Kenya deal. Please tell Kenyans how they are going to get: 1. Free sanitizers 2. Water 3. Rent 4. Food".

Sir [email protected]_Jakusa  said,"In the coming address by President Uhuru Kenyatta, if he doesn't address how hustlers who live from pocket to mouth will get food, rent and electricity during this #coronaviruskenya period, then nobody will stay home to die of hunger. Afadhali nikufe huko inje".

While Ni [email protected] said, "Not just in Nairobi, other parts of Kenya have battled with lack of water for the longest time. The same way President Uhuru Kenyatta made the internet a priority, should be the same way Water and Food are prioritized."

wa [email protected] said, "I need you to explain it to me like I am a 5-year old. In the midst of this coronavirus pandemic President Uhuru Kenyatta woke up today and held a press conference to launch 4G internet by Telkom and Google?".

Ng'eno [email protected] said, "Mr. President Kenyans don't need 4G, they need 4KG of food, they need 4K of rent. Network jiachie. #UhuruKenyatta".

@bevalynekwambo  wrote, "Ongoja, president Uhuru Kenyatta, I was waiting for you to address: ✓landlords ✓ matatu owners ✓ shop owners ✓ continuous supply of food ✓ reduced cost of living Only for him to address anga telkom Sijui Google angoa... Gaaaki twakure pii."

@SemeleStanslaus· wrote, "Is the @StateHouseKenya panicked and confused? Coz what @MOH_Kenya announced Jana was supposed to be announced by #UhuruKenyatta, and what #UhuruKenyatta said today should have been tasked the ministry of ICT. Kuna confusion ama tension iko kwa hilo jumba kuu nyeupe."

@gitahikevin said, "President Uhuru Kenyatta after all that waiting you talking about Google Loon I thought you would say no PAYE ,no Vat on food stuffs yawa."

"#UhuruKenyatta Now that companies are sending workers home on an indefinite unpaid leave; When's the cost of Milk, Unga, Water & Elec going down? When are landlords both domestic & commercial forfeiting rent for the time being? Those are the stuff we want to hear. NOT 4G," @blakaende said.

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