Life in Meru County has returned to normal amid a celebration mood triggered by Monday’s announcement of Dr. William Ruto as the President-elect by the IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati.
A spot check by KNA at Kariene, Nkubu and Timau town in Imenti Central, South and Buuri sub counties respectively, established that residents were impressed by the way the Chebukati led commission managed this year’s general election, saying the process was fair and credible from the ward to the national levels.
A boda boda operator at Kariene, Dennis Mwenda said they were optimistic that the President-elect would not shelve the hustler narrative after he is sworn in, saying low-income earners were looking forward to his government to create an enabling economic environment where they can access affordable credit to expand businesses for more income.
A tea and potato farmer in Buuri, John Mugambi said they were grateful to God for granting the country peace through the campaign and voting periods, adding that farmers were optimistic that the Ruto government would give priority to availing quality and affordable farm inputs to large and small-scale farmers across the country as a way of increasing production for more earnings.
Mugambi said farmers were also counting on the incoming government to reach for development partners in the agricultural sector to ensure rain fed and horticultural crop acreage was increased for local food security along with finding a market for the surplus outside the country.
The farmer said Meru County and the country at large had the potential to produce enough food for local consumption and export, if the government commit to adequately invest in agricultural sector.
He further appealed to those feeling aggrieved by the results announced by IEBC to follow the available legal processes and not to go into inciting Kenyans against each other for selfish interests.
“All Kenyans including those who did not capture the desired political seats need a peaceful environment to embark on doing what they know better to earn a living,’’ Mugambi said.
By Makaa Margaret