Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, has asked President William Ruto to sack two cabinet secretaries and his economic advisor for their remarks on the issue of inflated cost of fuel.
In his speech on Sunday September 17, Senator Khalwale blamed Trade CS Moses Kuria, Energy CS David Chirchir, and David Ndii the chairperson of his economic advisory team for the increase recently increased fuel prices.
Further, the senator accused the trio of tainting the president’s image in a way that the people who elected them have almost no hope with the government.
“President Ruto, sack these people otherwise your government will be criticized and il-mouthed even in small functions,” he stated.
Leaders Should Inspire Hope
Additionally, Khalwale urged the leaders to be responsible for the tasks that have been allocated to them, noting that he was elected to serve the poor and the fuel prices really affect them.
“I was elected in this country of Kenya to serve the poor. I don’t care whether the rich people find petrol expensive, but I care when the boda-boda people are unable to fuel their motorbikes,” Khalwale said.
Khalwale insisted that leaders ought to give the people hope during these tough economic times.
Khalwale’s statement comes after CS Kuria on Saturday September 16 made controversial remarks on the recent increase in fuel prices.
“I see Kenyans complaining about the price of fuel from morning till evening. How will that help? If you keep saying the fuel price has gone up, why don’t you dig your own oil well?
If you spot a location where I can drill the well, I will be ready to start digging tomorrow,” he said.
In his X account, Kuria asked Kenyans to be ready for an increase in oil prices until February 2024.
“Petrol will be Kes 260 by February. And El Nino is coming in 3 weeks that will last till March. These are global and climate change driven. Responsible leaders ought to tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want,” the CS added.
There is No Hope
On the other hand, Energy CS Davis Chirchir when summoned in the parliament to speak about the fuel prices said the government is unable to control the fuel prices.
“Our hands are tied. We cannot do anything about the cost of fuel,” he said.
Similarly, Ndii engaged netizens on X who wanted to know if there was a recovery plan for the government’s economic model.
He insinuated that Kenya Kwanza’s economic recovery strategy was a mere guesswork.