President William Ruto’s government takes over against a backdrop of pocket-breaking economy.
In the run up to the August 9 general elections, Ruto then Deputy to former president Uhuru Kenyatta, pledged to lower the price of a 2kg flour packet to Sh. 70.
One week into his administration and he is yet to fulfill the promise.
However, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has offered to advise the president on what should be the priority among the many promises.
Whereas President Ruto promised to lower the price of fertilizer starting this week, that is not a priority according to the MP.
Babu ridiculed the efforts stating that Kenyans require their basic needs met first, before waiting for the plantation season to enjoy the low fertiliser prices.
“Kenyans need basic needs, food, education, clothing, and shelter. Let the government reduce taxes on secondhand clothing and rent.”
He argued that it is unrealistic for Kenyans to stay hungry as they wait for planting seasons to enjoy subsidized fertilizer.
“We have to wait for the planting season and the harvest season too. By that time, some Kenyans would have succumbed to hunger. Fertilizer is not a short-term solution.”