All I was waiting for when Uhuru was speaking yesterday was two words: Food and Rent. Everything else is almost useless to me. I don’t have a fixed income and the lockdown is already affecting me. I am not sure how things will work if this goes on for longer.
Africa was set to be on a growth trajectory that was faster than the rest of the world. People had slowly started investing after the last economic crush and there was hope.
Right now, it is back to square one. Loans have been taken. Assets have been liquified. Business capital has been spent. Everyone has been affected and things may get worse even after a cure or vaccine.
We should have the difficult conversation about survival over fear of the virus. I’m afraid our animal survival instinct will kick in and violence may erupt. Let’s hope it doesn’t.