Kenya: You are already in power, solve problems, don’t just criticize – Kenyatta to Ruto
Nairobi – President Uhuru Kenyatta has hit back at leaders who quickly identify the country’s problems without providing substantive solutions.
In an apparent reference to his deputy William Ruto, the head of state said Kenya needs leaders who can identify problems and offer solutions, not mere critics who have nothing to offer.
“The problem with this Kenya is that the so-called leaders quickly identify a problem but don’t have a solution to these problems. So when they read in the newspapers about fuel, maize, etc., they are the first to call press conferences to complain about the prices,” Kenyatta said.
“You are already in charge and you are looking for a more powerful position, so you should be on the front line to solve current problems, not complain and criticize all the time,” he said.
He called on those seeking various elective/leadership positions in the upcoming elections in August to be problem solvers and not just talkers.
“This country needs problem solvers, not problem talkers. You are a leader and you are the first to complain, then the ordinary mwananchi wonders so what? We need people who are willing and committed to providing solutions because problems will never be. Today you sleep thinking you have solved all your problems, another emerges tomorrow,” President Kenyatta said.
Kenyatta made his remarks Wednesday from Mombasa County at the 45th Headmasters’ Conference just two weeks after DP Ruto blamed late disbursement of fuel subsidies to oil traders, blaming a national fuel crisis on the “monopoly cartels, economic saboteurs and incompetent officials”.
Ruto said the crisis that escalated two weeks ago could have been avoided if the officials responsible for distributing the grants had done so quickly and efficiently.
He made the remarks shortly after President Kenyatta signed into law five bills, including the Supplementary Bill which released an additional 34.4 billion shillings for fuel stabilization.
The DP said there was no need to wait for a crisis to strike, but sufficient funds were available under the oil tax to support the subsidy program.
“This should have been resolved before we got into the crisis we are already in and you actually don’t need an extra to fix this because there was already money in the Recovery Fund. oil development,” said Ruto, who was flanked by allies. in the Kenya Kwanza formation, including the ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi, said.
The crisis has since been resolved after Cabinet Secretary for Energy Monica Juma announced on Tuesday that fuel supplies had been restored to all parts of the country after weeks of fuel shortages largely blamed on hoarding by unscrupulous Petroleum Marketing Companies (OMCs).