A former United Democratic Alliance (UDA) official has hit out at the current regime for what he termed as wood winking the public.
Speaking on KTN News on Friday, September 15, Kipruto Arap Kirwa, who previously served as UDA Vice Chair castigated President William Ruto for being dishonest.
“You know the president has survived by lying and I think it would be a mistake for me to believe him”, said Kirwa.
Kirwa, a veteran politician, was responding to Ruto’s assurance that the country was expecting a bumper harvest which would be even available for export.
In addition, the former Member of Parliament reminded Ruto that he was in the same Ministry of Agriculture after him during the late President Mwai Kibaki’s tenure.
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“I was in the Ministry for five years. He never lasted because he sold the eight million bags of maize I had kept in the National Cereal and Produce Board in a funny way,” Kirwa claimed during KTN News’ Morning Prime show.
Moreover, the former Charangany Member of Parliament pointed out that the government should instead be preparing for the El nino rains.
“We are really getting tired of lies and lies. Which place does he (President Ruto) expect maize to be harvested the way we have harvested in the past? Kirwa questioned.
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Kirwa ditched UDA in the run-up to the 2022 general election in favor of Azimio leader Raila Odinga.
Further, he accused President Ruto of micromanaging the people around him, warning that such a leadership style could hinder the performance of officials in ministries.
In his view, the head of state was running a one-man-show.
On his part, Dr. Isaac Kalua argued that the current high cost of fuel in the country was not just a Kenyan crisis. He asserted that the issue was not about President Ruto or the government.
The Kenya National Civil Society Center Executive Director, Churchill Suba, on the other hand questioned why fuel was cheaper in Uganda compared to Kenya.
“Before the oil gets to Kampala, it passes through Nairobi. How possible is it that it’s cheaper there?” posed Suba.