While analysts had angled the August 9, presidential dual as a two-horse race pitying Deputy President William Ruto and former premier Raila Odinga, controversial aspirant George Wajackoyah appears to be giving the two a run for their billions.
Wajackoyah has been gaining popularity across the country due to his strange campaign manifesto which includes the legalization of prostitution, extended weekend holidays as well as snake farming.
His main agenda which revolves around the cultivation of bhang for commercial and medicinal use has attracted the attention of the majority of the youths.
According to several economic surveys, it is projected that the global demand for legal bhang is expected to reach almost $43 billion (KSh5.6 Trillion) by 2024.
By 2027, the demand for legal maríjuana in Europe alone is projected to hit $37 billion, up from $3.5 billion in 2019.
This has opened up an opportunity for African countries to cultivate the plant, primarily for export.
This according to 2022 presidential candidate George Wajackoyah will enable the country to quickly clear its ballooning external debts should he succeed retiring President Uhuru Kenyatta in August.
Kivumbi.co.ke has established that at least 10 African countries minting trillions from the cultivation of weed.
In 2017, Lesotho became the first African country to issue an administrative license for the commercial cultivation of bhang for medical and scientific purposes.
Other nations which have issued similar licenses to various companies include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, eSwatini, Zambia, Uganda, and Rwanda.
Ghana has also authorized maríjuana production, but only for varieties with THC levels of 0.3 percent or less.
In Uganda and Rwanda, the plant is cultivated strictly for export whereas in Kenya and Tanzania, the plant is not legal but large amounts of the crop are still grown, consumed, and exported.
Africa’s favorable climatic conditions are believed to be the main factor leading to the continent’s growing appetite to grow bhang.