It is now official; Kenya is in a crisis.
We have no food, water or electricity. That, my friend, is what constitutes a serious crisis.
When a government cannot feed its people, supply them with clean drinking water or a trustworthy supply of electricity, then you don’t need half a brain to know that insecurity will soar and the same government will be overwhelmed by it.
In his blog, my colleague Michael Mumo placed the blame squarely at the government’s door for failing to plan accordingly for these crises.
And when the Cabinet held an “emergency session” on Tuesday, they basically regurgitated what was now obvious – that emergency measures needed to be put in place to mitigate the effects of the food, water and energy shortage.
The Cabinet says the military, National Youth Service and Administration Police unit will be deployed to distribute water and food to those who are starving. More boreholes will be sunk, emergency power generation will be scaled up and by 2015, Kenya will have an extra 2,000 MW of “green” power.
Yeah, right! And we should believe them?
Agriculture Minister William Ruto was more candid; the government is only able to feed about four million Kenyans out of the more than 10 million whose lives are threatened by starvation.
This means 5.5 million Kenyans are likely to die, and the government has no idea how to avert their deaths.
Add to this the clashes in Isiolo and Samburu over fast-depleting water and fodder. Sprinkle the on-going shenanigans about Mau forest where the talk-shop is still open as more trees are felled. Garnish it with the stalemate in Cabinet over everything that has to do with post election violence and reforms. Serve it with the dwindling public morale and the creeping hopelessness of Kenyans.
The crisis is cooked. Serve it hot or cold as you wish.