"Where is the bottom Bwana Ruto" - Azimio accuses Ruto, Gachagua of lying and taking Kenyans in circles
The Azimio coalition says that when former President Mwai Kibaki took over power when the country was at its lowest economically, he did not resort to blame games as a reason not to work for Kenyans like President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua are doing.
- "Within months of coming to power, the NARC Govt presented the country with a result-based programme of priority government actions designed to meet the medium-term objectives of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation," Azimio says in part.
Kenyans are being lied to and taken around in circles by the Kenya Kwanza administration on matters economy, this is according to Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition.
The opposition coalition accuses the President William Ruto-led government of hoodwinking Kenyans by lamenting how bad the economy was when they took power, instead of providing solutions to revive the economy as Kenyans would expect.
In a press statement on Wednesday, March 8 delivered to the nation by Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, the coalition slammed President Ruto's government for being clueless of how to run a country, a "stark contrast to the Narc government" which took power in 2002 under the tutelage of the late Mwai Kibaki.
"When NARC took power in December 2002, the economy was at its lowest... NARC did not set about writing a book of lamentations about how bad the situation was. NARC did not set about telling people how bad the situation was. The people were already feeling the situation. Instead, the new regime set about programs to ensure that the people started benefiting from their electoral victory," Sifuna said.
Kibaki transformed Kenya within months
The coalition says that when President Mwai Kibaki took over power when the country was at its lowest economically, he did not resort to blame games as a reason not to work for Kenyans like President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua are doing.
"Within months of coming to power, the NARC Govt presented the country with a result-based programme of priority government actions designed to meet the medium-term objectives of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation.
"To address the economic stagnation, NARC targeted the strengthening of the macroeconomic framework. They unveiled a more responsible fiscal policy. They unleashed the private sector to participate in investment particularly in the productive sectors and, specifically, in infrastructure development and maintenance," the statement reads in part.
Azimio asks difficult questions
Therefore, the Raila Odinga-led coalition wonders whether Kenyans pay President Ruto and his Cabinet Secretaries through taxes so that they can collate and highlight the issues affecting them, or solving those problems.
"Our question to William Ruto, Gachagua the team at the National Treasury and the so called council of economic advisers are: When are things going to get better? When will the shilling stop falling and losing to other currencies? When will the shortage of dollars end? When will the price of essential commodities come down? What is the plan? Can the plan be shared with Kenyans?"
The coalition says it is concerned that President Ruto's timelines on delivering to Kenyans his campaign pledges keep on shifting, a clear indication his government will fail Kenyans.
"In the beginning, Kenyans were told costs would come down as soon as Ruto put the Bible down after being sworn in. Since putting the Bible down and prices refusing to come down, Kenyans were told fertilizers had been brought. Still prices refused to come down. Then we were told Kenya had licensed GMO foods. Still prices refused to come down and economy refused to pick up. Then we were told to wait for six months. Each time the months arrive, the goals post shifts again.
"We want answers and if they do not come in the next few days, we will have no option but to lead our supporters into these offices for answers. We will follow these officers anywhere and everywhere for answers and not warnings," Azimio's statement concludes.
Azimio coalition's full press statement
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