President William Ruto has revealed that the country will not experience El Nino rains following an expert assessment from the Kenya Meteorological Department.
Addressing a congregation during a church service in Riruta on Sunday, the Head of State indicated that the meteorologists had rescinded their earlier projection predicting the possibility of El Nino rains.
“We heard reports that the country will experience El Nino rains, which have the potential to destroy property. But God has been faithful,” the President explained.
“We have now heard the meteorologists saying that will no longer be the case. We will just have heavy rains. We thank God.”
In an earlier projection, the Kenya Meteorological Department had indicated that Kenya would experience El Nino between the months of October and December.
In some regions like Western Kenya and parts of Rift Valley, the Department had indicated that El Nino effects would extend to January 2024.
The Head of State, attributed to the change of pattern to his administration’s belief in God and prayers conducted at the Nyayo Stadium.
“There are those who criticised us when we prayed for rains at Nyayo stadium. They said a whole president is praying for rain. Now see, we have more rains than we have had in four years, that is God’s doing,” he added.
He now plans to take advantage of the rains for increased agricultural productivity which he hopes will lower the cost of living.
During his speech, Ruto also noted that the country has bounced back after recording a deficit of 10 million bags of maize last year, leading to increased maize flour prices.
This year, the country has already harvested 44 million bags and is projected to beat last year’s harvest by an additional 45 per cent.
On Tuesday last week, Kenya Met cautioned that some areas were likely to experience storms while others would be affected by temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius.
Regions affected by the storms were listed as Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, North-eastern and North-western Kenya.
The department further disclosed that the Coast, North-Eastern and North-Western Kenya should prepare for high average daytime (maximum) temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius.
“A few areas in the Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley, the South-eastern lowlands and the Rift Valley will experience low average night-time (minimum) temperatures of less than 10°C,” read the update in part.
A photo collage showing a section of Kenyans walking in the rain.