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Kenyans usher in New Year with empty pockets

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As 2020 comes to an end, a bigger population of Kenyans end the year with dry pockets as they look up to the new year with great hope.

Majority of Kenyans have attributed their dry pockets to the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic that it the country early 2020. A research by InfoTrack revealed that 61% of Kenyans believe that the year was difficult because of the virus and capital mismanagement of funds.

The respondents also added that rampant corruption, crisis in the health sector, the pandemic, Lack of food, high cost of goods and products, crisis in the education sector contributed to the difficult year.

โ€œUnemployment ranked at 18 per cent, high cost of living at 13 per cent, access to healthcare at 10 per cent, corruption at 7 per cent, the Covid-19 pandemic at 6 per cent, quality of education at 5 per cent,โ€ Walter Omondi, director of research at Infotrak said.

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The research confirmed that almost 90% of the difficult 2020 was attributed to major job losses from layoffs by companies and closure of businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic that crippled economic growth.

The survey was conducted in eight regions and disclosed that this year, most Kenyans did not prioritize Christmas celebrations but worried more of the new year and sources of income.

Hopeful for 2021, 61% of Kenyans believe that the new year will be a better year than the previous one, 27% of the respondents are hopeful that the economy will improve while 15% are looking forward to receiving vaccinations against COVID-19.

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