“There shall come a time when the poor will have nothing to eat but the rich,” a very common phrase among various people, especially activists.
The world is on lockdown. From China to Italy, from Italy to the United States of America, from the United States of America to the United Kingdom, from the United Kingdom to Africa, the world is on lockdown.
In the Kenyan political language, “the deadly Coronavirus has managed to stop reggae” for the whole world. There is confusion all over. The rich in Kenya are busy buying dollars and the rich in the Western world are busy hiding their wealth in gold.
Stock markets around the world are going under with major stocks closing every season every single day in the red. Businesses are closing down, people being forced to work from their homes and employers forcing their employees to take “compulsory leave without pay.”
Tears. Tension. Anxiety. Shuttered hope. Sweat. Blood. Everywhere you turn, people are worried, scared to the core with little hope of seeing a better tomorrow. It is not know how long it will take for the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic to go away.
In Kenya, the economic lockdown has just started. It is just the first week and everything seems to be on its knees. What if it goes on for a month? Someone asks. We shall all die. Another one says. We shall all lose our jobs. Another one chips in, almost crying.
Stats show that 94 percent of Kenyans are poor with the majority of them living from hand-to-mouth. The so-called middle-class is a notion, just a group of people who are one cheque away from poverty. Only 6 percent are considered rich with 1 percent holding almost 80 percent of the whole wealth in the country.
As the Coronavirus continues to sweep across Kenya, as businesses continue to close down, as people continue to lose jobs, the time has come and is already here where the proverbial poor will literally chew the rich.
A few days ago, billionaire businessman Jack Ma donated 100,000 face masks, 20,000 test kits and 1,000 protective medical gear to each of the 54 African countries, including Kenya. Where are our Kenyan billionaires? People asked. What have our Kenyan billionaires done? People wondered.
As the lockdown continues, people will soon have no food to eat, no water to drink and cloth to put on. Those who have plundered the nation should be worried and pray for the pandemic to pass as soon as possible if not, they will be left wondering what hit them.
It has always been their time to eat but now, the one who has always watched them eat will soon want a share.
Meanwhile, fellow Kenyans, stay safe. Wash your hands. Keep social distance and avoid places that might put you at risk of contracting Coronavirus.