Am appalled by poverty levels in our country and am sure many of you are. I feel sad to see homeless mothers and children roaming in the streets of our towns especially Nairobi. When I travel up county the story is the same at least most people there are not homeless, they have shelters they call houses but some are in a state that would make you wonder whether we are in the stone age or what.
This makes me wonder what our leaders have been doing to eradicate poverty, conferences being held on poverty eradication, our political leaders who have launched their visions this year have mentioned they will eradicate poverty, the government talks of eradicating poverty, NGOs etc.....
This is why I look forward to a change of leadership in Kenya that will reduce poverty levels in this country. I long for a Kenya without street mothers and children, this can only be achieved when our leaders stop being greedy and use public funds for what they are meant for.
The government talks of a working Nation, if you work hard you will succeed, those saying they are suffering and don't agree that the economy has improved are not working hard. How will this homeless people work hard to improve their living conditions without the resources?
I believe if they were empowered their lives would be better. The city councils and town councils should build more markets and allocate stalls to street mothers, then the government should lend them some capital through some micro finance to start some business like selling vegetables and clothes. I say this because when hawkers were in the streets it was rare to see street mothers and children, the mothers would be selling vegetables and older kids would sell paper bags for carrying stuff to customers.
Low cost houses should be built for the poor then slums be demolished, how can we still have slums more than 40 years after independence?
Many more other things can be done to erradicate poverty but not mare talks. For this to be accomplished corruption must stop because we have seen houses built meant for the poor like Highrise estate for Kibera dwellers only to be taken over by people who are better of. The same may happen to markets being taken over by the rich pretending to be street families or hawkers.
Please lets help change our country.