Mashujaa: A national day of contrasting realities

Members of the public who thronged Wang'uru Stadium in Kirinyaga on October 20, 2021 for the Mashujaa Day celebrations. 

Photo credit: Joseph Kanyi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The Jubilee government has indulged in a borrowing frenzy that has everyone worried expect the principals.
  • Close to a third of the Sh3.1 trillion annual expenditure this year is earmarked for debt repayment.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Mashujaa Day address was packed with reassuring facts and figures about progress that the country has made during the years that he has been in power. It was rounded off with an impressive list of instructions to Treasury to find an additional Sh25 billion or so to boost initiatives in education, youth employment, agriculture and health. He did not give any impression that finding this money was going to be a significant challenge. But it is.

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