Waking up to harsh realities of next 50 years

President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledges cheers from the crowd at the Safaricom Sports Stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi, during the [email protected] celebrations on Thursday. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

What you need to know:

  • Limiting the negative effects of these challenges will require close cooperation with the country’s neighbours and allies, but also innovative thinking and critical debate within the government.
  • Most worrying of all, such flooding along with higher temperatures will allow malaria-carrying mosquitoes to increase their range and pose a year-round threat in highland areas.
  • Kenya has faced the choice between jobs and economic growth at a number of points in its history, and will do so at regular intervals over the next 50 years.

The celebrations to mark independence on December 12, 1963 were a moment of escapism for Kenyans.

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