The Kenya Weekly News Newspaper of March 21, 1958, Issue No. 1625

Volume Ref: KWN_1958_M008917

  • Kenya has been afflicted by four marked periods of economic depression.
  • The first was in 1902-03 and was mainly due to the decline of capital expenditure as the construction of the Uganda Railway drew to a close.
  • The start of European settlement sat Kenya on a hard way of economic advance.
  • The short rains of 1906 were poor from the Coast to the Lake.
  • Traders feared that a famine was imminent and reduced imports of trade goods.
  • In 1908 a reinforcement arrived from South Africa. The year 1909 was the last of three years of depression which hit a young country very hard and imposed hardships on the pioneer settlers.