When Barack Obama swept to the presidency in November 2008, millions around the world were pleasantly surprised by the improbable rise of the son of a Kenyan father to the most powerful job on earth. After Donald Trump win as US president, there confusion, apprehension and even fear all over the world as nobody know what could happen next. However we now find the effects of Donald Trump on Kenya and the world at large.
1. Many Kenyans in the US, especially those without the right papers, might find life suddenly becoming difficult for them because the biggest issue Trump has run on is a promise to deport all illegal immigrants.According to the 2014 census, there are 121,300 Kenyans in the US with some experts estimating that up to 30,000 live illegally in various American cities.
2. It is likely to drastically affect the Kenyan economy because the Kenyans in US send back a huge amount to Kenya. Kenyans abroad, mainly in North America and Europe, sent back Sh163 billion, an amount bettered only by the Nigerian and Ghanaian diaspora communities.
3. It is likely to increase Muslim Rebel groups power to recruit such as ISIS and alshaab – Trump’s reckless remarks about Muslims and Islam and his impractical proposal to ban all Muslims from stepping on American soil would be a gift to “potential recruiters who have long been trying to paint the US as an anti-Muslim country. His rhetoric will certainly help that recruiting effort.In January, Somalia’s militant al-Shabaab group released a propaganda video urging American Muslims to join the terrorist organisation because they were unwanted in America, something his expected Democratic rival Hillary Clinton had warned about in a debate on December 19
4. Kenyans and Most African countries have been benefiting from foreign Aid to support its projects and it is likely to cut off with Trump as President .More broadly, countries like Kenya and many other African countries which receive substantial funds from the US, especially to cater for the health budget, would probably have to find ways to raise that money domestically. Trump has consistently stated in interviews that he will fund his programmes by cutting waste and foreign aid.That could have a direct effect on programmes which have traditionally enjoyed support from both Republicans and Democrats, such as the funds allocated to the Global Fund to combat malaria and HIV/Aids.
5. Trump’s election could start a trade war with other players on the global economic stage and it would also give a huge boon to extremist groups seeking new member