Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Drought, Floods, Drought, Floods, Drought....... A Stupid Never ending cycle

f6 months ago, ie September 2009, Kenya was in the middle of a severe drought. Many farmers were facing another miserable harvest and the guys from Dagoretti Corner i.e. Kenya Meteorological Department. were predicting that our old friend El Nino was on his way back. I am sure we all remember pictures of dying domestic and wild animals both in local and foreign media.

Well, reading the Kenyan media now, you would think that we have woken up from a bad nightmare and Kenya, the Land of Milk and Honey is BACK. Milk flowing so plentifully that we can afford to pour it away.

So whats my problem. Well, I don't have a crystal ball, but i think i can comfortably predict that in the next 10 months, the famine will be back with starving and dying animals and we will be back to begging for food aid. And you know what, another few months later, we will have people drowning again because the rains will have come and well, rivers will flood, roads will be washed away and people will suffer.

So whats my problem with all this, well....... When are we as a people and our elected leaders ever going to get around to making a sound water management policy.