Kenyans are up in arms over continued borrowing by the government.
Two days after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the disbursement of Ksh.257 billion to Kenya as a loan which the government says will be used to bridge the gap in the fight against COVID-19, Kenyans are having none of it.
More than 120,000 Kenyans have since signed an online petition calling for a stop to the loans by IMF to GoK.
To put this into context, according to the Daily Nation, between the period of March and November 2020, Kenya borrowed Ksh.971 billion in the war against COVID-19; this means the country borrowed Ksh.121 billion every month in the 8-month period.
On Friday, IMF approved a further Ksh.257 billion for the same course that then brings the debt levels to about Ksh.1.2 trillion within the year.
The GoK says the debt ship can still be kept afloat and there’s nothing to worry about but Kenyans disagree, here are some of their sentiments online:
— Sen. Ledama Olekina (@ledamalekina) April 5, 2021
— Shikoh Kihika (@Shikohkihika) April 6, 2021
I believe your organization doesn’t endorse corruption but by lending money to the Jubilee administration, you’re funding corruption. The President confessed his government steals ksh. 2B daily. Stop funding corruption.
— Cornelius Masila (@Musilimasila) April 6, 2021
International Monetary Funds, IMF, are treating Kenyans concerns with disdain. I am sure if the petition came from the Americans, or British, or other white privileged nations, they would have issued a statement to address the issues by now.
But we are Africans.
— Author Sakwah Ongoma (@CSakwah) April 6, 2021
We lose 2Billion daily, It will only take 127 days to lose your 255 Billion.
Enough is Enough.
— 🅰🅵🆈🅰🅲🅴🅽🆃🆁🅴🅲🆁🅴🆆🇰🇪 (@AfyaCentreCrew) April 6, 2021
Stop loaning Kenya because it’s the politicians who feast and the common mwananchi is left suffering.
— UntitledHK (@UntitledHK) April 5, 2021
Dear IMF @IMFNews , it is good to do a background check on how our government is spending the money it borrows before loaning us. We Kenyans will not take any liability of paying those loans because it is like you are just funding corruption in our country. #stoploaningkenya
— Kelvin 🥇 (@OpeshKe) April 6, 2021
We appreciate your support #stopgiving loans to Kenya
We have suffered enough through corruption from our leaders
We lose 2billion daily through our corrupt government
The don’t do anything productiv,our country is filled with greedy corrupt leader https://t.co/1wx9MRnKKv
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