I will publicize all contracts signed between Kenya, other countries
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 26 – Vice President William Ruto has said he would make public all contracts signed by Kenya and other countries if elected in the August elections.
Speaking at the presidential debate at the Catholic University of East Africa, Ruto said this will enhance accountability of borrowed funds.
Ruto said the contracts and agreements are public documents indicating that Kenyans have the constitutional right to access information.
“The fact that this information is not made public is unconstitutional,” he said.
While explaining why he did not protest against the publication of the contracts saying that the responsibility lies with the president.
The administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta in which Ruto sits has not entered into public contracts with other governments and lenders, despite numerous media assurances.
On Tuesday, Ruto said that as a cabinet member and vice president he had taken very strong positions on key issues, including contract issues.
As Vice President Ruto said, he carried out his duty diligently, as is expected of him.
“I have made my position on contracts known to the right offices. This is not a question I would have wanted to take to make sure the government is functional,” DP Ruto said.
While commenting on the increase in debt, Ruto said there was a need to find other innovative ways to generate more income to reduce reliance on borrowing.
“We live beyond our means. We should stop this borrowing spree,” he said during the debate in which he stood alone after his main election opponent, Raila Odinga of Azimio La Umoja, abstained and pledged to hold a public meeting on Thursday.
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He added that the unbudgeted projects undertaken in the country are contributing to the growing indebtedness of the country.
He added that there are currently many ongoing projects in the country which cannot be considered.
“We not only have a borrowing plan, but also a revenue collection plan in targeted areas that
He added that the country needed to slow down its domestic borrowing and find ways to outsource borrowing.