Kenyan Kwanza leaders push for lower fuel prices and pro-poor policies
Athi River – Leaders allied with Kenya Kwanza Alliance have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to avoid succession politics and focus on fixing the economy.
Leaders have asked the president to focus on tackling the high cost of living instead of campaigning for opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula said President Kenyatta was concerned about succession politics at a time when he should be tackling the economic challenges facing Kenyans.
He said: “For the past two months President Kenyatta has focused on campaigning for Raila, he is unaware that Kenyans are suffering due to the high cost of basic commodities.”
They spoke at Athi River and Mlolongo in Machakos County along with Vice President William Ruto.
The others were ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi), Vincent Musyoka (Mwala) and Victor Munyaka (Machakos).
Mudavadi said there was a need to address the rising cost of living for the sake of the economically disadvantaged citizens who are currently suffering.
He said: “We need to reduce the price of fuel, gasoline, food and medicine. We don’t want an economy that only favors the rich.
Gachagua said the country is better off in the hands of leaders who understand the challenges faced by ordinary citizens.
He said: “The problem we have in the country is that we have leaders who cannot understand the struggles of ordinary citizens.”
Munyaka called on President Kenyatta and his “handshake partner” Mr Odinga to curb soaring prices of household basics.
He said: “Kenyans are suffering from the high cost of living, the cost of basic commodities is too high for ordinary citizens.”
Musyoka asked President Kenyatta to look into the deteriorating economy of the country which is affecting Kenyans.
Him: “I urge President Kenyatta to have mercy on the people who voted for him.”
Kithure said it was regrettable that Kenyans did not witness any significant developments during President Kenyatta’s second term.
He said: “We only had three projects, Handshake, Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and the Azimio project in its second term.”
For his part, Dr Ruto said Kenya Kwanza has a solid plan that will address the high cost of commodities.
The vice president said that they will invest in agriculture with the aim of improving the productivity of farmers, a situation that will reduce food prices in the country.
He said, “We need to revamp our agricultural sector so that we can have affordable food for everyone.”
The leaders also called on the government to allow scrap dealers to operate without unnecessary government interference.
Kindiki said, “We are calling on the government to remove the license fee requirement for scrap dealers as most cannot afford the amount required.”