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Why Eldoret Residents Shied Away From Valentines Celebrations

Valentine’s Day this year in Uasin Gishu County will not be celebrated like in the past few years due to an increase in the economy.

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day, is a day for couples and mostly they exchange gifts but residents in Eldoret town have claimed that there is an increase in gifts’ prices.

In Eldoret town, it was different since many people were not concerned about valentine’s day saying it’s better they buy food rather than flowers.

“I have come here to buy a present for my friend for valentines but the stuff here is very expensive and I have reconsidered it again and so I will not buy the presents because the money that I had planned for is not enough. It is better I buy food than buying flowers” Mary Goretti Eldoret resident said.

“Last year the prices were good but this year things are bad since I cannot even afford a flower worth Sh 50 for my lover due to the harsh economic times,” said John Kirwa, Turbo resident Uasin Gishu County.

But then President William Ruto on Sunday during an interdenominational service in Nakuru announced he will lead the country to a prayer service on Valentine’s Day at Nyayo Stadium over drought and hunger.

“We need God in order to move forward, for those who will not be able to make it to Nyayo Stadium, have services anywhere and pray for the country,” he said.

Though many are seen not to take valentines seriously this year, a few residents of Eldoret still buy gifts for their partners.

“Whether the prices go high, I must buy a present for my love since this is the only day I will celebrate her in fact I will be taking her out for dinner to show my love for her,” Wycliff Onyango said.

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