NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 – Getting married or marrying, living debt free and investing are some of the 2016 resolutions revolving in the minds of most Kenyans as they prepared to usher in the New Year.
Those who spoke to Capital FM said they were excited about the New Year and hoped to use it to make changes in their lives.
“I want to pay for my wife’s dowry. That is my biggest hope for 2016. I also want to stop taking loans,” said Timothy Maredichi.
Others are hoping to find meaningful employment while some want to find better jobs.
“My hope is that God will help me find a job in the New Year. I’ve been struggling too much out here being unemployed,” Andy Ashona.
Investing is also in the minds of some like Titus Otiti who wants to buy land and save more money in the New Year.
We also sought out their comments on how 2015 was.
Mbugua Kamau for instance said he was happy there was plenty of rain which meant bounty harvests.
“As a farmer, I thank God for the rains he gave us this year. I’m also happy to be healthy,” he said.
Others, such as Andrew Shivachi said they were happy that the government had been able to restore peace in the country after insecurity and terror incidents that rocked parts of the country.
“I want to congratulate our government for having restored security and harnessed peace in the country. My hope is that we continue seeing such results in the New Year,” he said.
But to Patrick Musyoka who said 2015 was a terrible year in their personal experiences and they are hoping things get better in the New Year.
Nairobi residents and Kenyans across the county were on Thursday busy preparing to usher in the New Year with celebrations at entertainment spots, churches and homes. There are also those who travelled to various destinations including Mombasa, upcountry and overseas for the festivities. President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to make an address to Kenyans from Mombasa.
“I will be going to church tonight with my family,” technician Kevin Mutinda said.
Hellen Kimani, a hairdresser said she will be spending time home with her boyfriend before joining their parents on Friday.
“It is a big deal to us because we got married this week, we must be together as we cross into 2016,” she said.
More security officers have been deployed in various parts of the country—including Nairobi, Mombasa and areas bordering Somalia which have witnessed terror attacks in the recent past.
“We urge members of the public to make use of our Command and Control Centres by calling 999, 911 and 112 which are operational 24 hours in case of need,” Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said.
Capital FM wishes you a Happy and Prosperous 2016.