After the government announced plans to reduce the cost of the staple Kenyan food 20 days before the elections, Deputy President William Ruto accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of using the move to further his political ambitions.
Dr. Ruto said that the Head of State had simply intervened as a campaign tactic because the elections are just around the corner while speaking at roadside rallies in Nairobi, which has 2.4 million registered voters.
“This is the same administration that initially attributed the high prices to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The war is still ongoing, so why did you leave Kenyans to suffer for so long?” he quipped.
“I have heard them say they will lower the cost of flour. The chairman of Azimio (One Kenya Coalition) is the President and Raila (Odinga) is the flag bearer. What difference can you expect from him? The government wants to reduce the price of unga because elections are near,” he added.
The cost of flour would decrease from Sh210 to Sh100 for a two-kilogram bag thanks to a deal that the Ministry of Agriculture signed with millers yesterday. The price for a one kilogram packet will be Sh52, and for a 500 gram bag, it would be Sh30.