Kenya has had its people go through thick and thin as most of them could not afford basic needs like food. It’s painful to learn that the government which is expected to protect its inhabitants can eat its own people!
The senator for Siaya county Hon. James Orengo had once warned Kenyans during an IEBC appeal hearing on trusting this government, but many couldn’t comprehend the visionary part of that statement.
The price to every item has now spiked upwards, especially the mostly consumed food stuffs and the likes. Today, even commodities that are not related to food have had their prices spiking leading to a national outcry to the government.
Many Kenyans have drawn a similarity line between the economy and the forth coming elections. Some have even linked the harsh life with the leaders, terming it as a way of looting government resources by imposing heavy taxes on commodities for personal gain reasons.
Others still have pegged the hiking cost of life to the war between Russia and Ukraine, drawing a line of trace between the items we use and the two warring countries.
The economic instability has raised many political eyebrows, pointing accusing finger to different leaders. For instance, the deputy president said that most of the taxes imposed to Kenyans are unnecessary.
Speaking in different campaign platforms in Kiambu County, Dr William Ruto noted that the 2022/2023 budget presented in parliament by treasury CS Ukur Yatani is meant to even increase the cost of living.
The deputy president insisted that as much as the budget passes through government, he will never allow it to survive beyond three months after he takes charge of government. He will have to revive the budget so as to see the cost of basic commodities like food, water, floor and the boda boda fees moderated.
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Ndindi Nyoro of Kihara joined hands with the DP, saying that they are into a leader who drops the cost of foodstuffs. Together with them was the Tharaka Nithi senator Kiture Kindiki, who promised to bring a supplementary budget that will see the taxes brought down, and hence the prices of basic items.
On the ksh. 3.3 trillion budget by the treasury CS, the gambling and alcoholic sectors are also hit hard. The CS termed them as hazardous habits and hence must comply with a 15 % exercise duty to run such adverts.