Days when farming was a wretched undertaking meant for the old rural folk are gone. This total change in dynamics has been swift and can largely be attributed to quail farming, a crazy bug that started biting Kenyans sometime last year. By December, many young people had left the security and comfort of employment to plunge into the obscure venture of breeding tiny wild birds that promised mindboggling returns in a very short time. Equated to pyramid schemes, with the only difference being that quail farming has tangibles, the business has generated an unprecedented buzz as everyone seems eager to cash in.
Having turned Fifty, it makes sense to visualise the Kenyan journey over the next half a century. Indeed, it is visions that guide progress. And without them, people may have little to inspire them as they match into the future. They could end up living for the day or just whiling away time, especially in the absence of expectations. With visions, however, people are kept dreaming and longing for promises of the future. The situation is even better when they have personally been involved in crafting that future.
It is not a rare tale. That of maltreatment, exploitation and horrid human living conditions of the Kenyan tenant. Majority of them who grapple with high rental prices for the 10 feet spaces that are their homes, having inadequate or no water, burst sewage lines and poor infrastructure. This happens despite the fact that Kenya is experiencing a boom in the property sector and even though most towns and cities in Kenya are slowly turning into concrete jungles, housing is still a rife issue. If not forced to pay unfair housing costs, a good number of tenants go through hell in the hands of property owners and their caretakers.
The revelations are startling. During the 2011/12 financial year, the government could not account for a staggering Kshs304 billion. The amount represented a third of the Kshs920 billion spent over the 12 months period. This revelation is contained in a report presented to Parliament by the Office of the Auditor General in October last year.