Your must-have pre-election shopping list


It is an undeniable fact that hottest topic in Nairobi today is the March 4th elections and not a minute passes by without somebody somewhere, be it on the streets, in the office, on radio, or on television, mentions this much anticipated event that will very much be historical.


Not only will Kenya’s 4th president be elected into office, but it will also see the exit of many political figures from the government if they do not get the majority of the much needed votes to get them into office.


Without a doubt this is a very passionate battle among our politicians who are commendable in their efforts of making sure that they advocate for peaceful elections in their campaign trails. The fact that they have been seen in public sharing a podium should indeed go a long way in setting a good example among their followers.



This however is not a guarantee that if the leaders accept defeat and bow down gracefully, that all their party members will follow suit. Taking this into consideration, and Kenya having experienced firsthand the level of chaos and confusion that is usually prevalent during such a time there was a shortage of food, fuel and airtime was more than double the price.


So this time round it is good to be prepared so that you have all you need at home and avoid any unnecessary movements. What’s that famous saying, once beaten twice shy right?


That said I would like to share some shopping considerations to be done prior, during and after the Election Day, courtesy of Newport Africa Kenya.



Purchase and store in a separate place to your normal weekly goods so that it is an effective reserve. Continue to buy your normal weekly shopping especially fruits and vegetables, until you feel it is no longer safe to do so.


1. Maize flour 

2. Rice
3. Pasta
4. Canned beans
5. Canned meat / fish
6. Canned vegetables
7. Canned soup
8. Long life Milk
9. Fruit juice
10. Sugar
11. Salt
12. Cooking oil
13. Toilet Papers
14. Bathing Soap
15. Toothpaste
16. Candles
17. Matches
18. Baby formula / nappies if applicable
19. Pharmaceuticals if required
20. Frozen foods can be considered
21. Fuel, wood, kerosene, charcoal, cooking gas etc
22. Vehicles ‘topped up’ and spare jerry can filled
23. Drinking water
24. Scratch cards for mobile phones
25. Batteries for torches / radios etc.
26. Reserve Cash


During this election period take care, be mindful of others, and be sure to vote peacefully and avoid the usual hot spots as it is always better to be safe than sorry.


Feel free to add by commenting any other important thing that i might have forgotten.


Happy election day everyone. :)




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