NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – Despite calls by National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga for Kenyans to boycott work, opinion is varied with most people interviewed by Capital FM News wondering what they will eat if they fail to work.
Diana Micheka who was on her way to work says her motivation to wake up was because of the bills that need to be paid, and she is impressed by the security situation in the country so far.
“I came to town passing through to work. You see life has to go on, we still have to work, we still have to pay bills,” she said. “In fact, I’ve just walked and met a couple of security in town and I feel like there is less tension as compared to a few days ago,” Micheka added.
Most businesses are slowly getting back to normalcy with more expected to reopen from tomorrow after taking a break due to last week’s elections. Mary Muthoka who has been selling clothes for the last 10 years was one of the business people who have decided to open their shop today instead of staying at home.
“We have seen that staying at home cannot benefit us so I decided to come to work,” she said.
Most of those interviewed by Capital FM News are eager to see total normalcy in towns for the country to be able to move on from elections which stalled most businesses for several days.
“We should remain peaceful as brothers and sisters. We have done our part, the remaining bit we leave to politicians. If we boycott going to work, it’s like we are boycotting the economy,” said Collins Otieno who is a Boda Boda rider in town.
“Life has to go on despite what has happened, we will be able to manage at the end of the day. And let’s unite as Kenyans to be able to lift this country despite what happened,” said Micheka.
Amina Hussein who is a business woman on Moi Avenue’s Sasa Mall said that she has faith in God that most businesses will return to normalcy.
“Today, there were not many Matatus. In fact, I stayed in the stage for a while. I even came to work late,” she decried adding that “customer flow isn’t as many as before. I hope that God will help our country and everything will be okay.”
Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has assured of maximum security countrywide, with Nairobi Police chief Japheth Koome saying there are sufficient police patrols in town.