Thursday, September 21, 2023 –Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has blasted the Kenya Kwanza administration of experimenting with the cost of living in the country.
Addressing a debate on Citizen Tv today Thursday September 21 morning during Day Break show hosted buy Trevor Ombinja, the vocal senator noted that as members of Azimio, they were gearing up towards another round of demonstrations.
Asked when this will be taking place, Sifuna said he drives around Nairobi with his sufuria in his car because the events could start any time and day saying already the current regime had openly conceded defeat in tackling the rising cost of living.
“I ride with my ‘sufuria’ in my car because we can return to the streets at any moment. Something must be done to reduce the cost of fuel in the country,” said the senator.
He argued that, for the first time in this country, fuel had risen above sh 200 what has never happened before even during the most difficult times in the past.
The first time lawmeker challenged President William Ruto and deputy Rigathi Gachagua to come out in the open and apologise to Kenyans whom, he claimed, they lied to with false promises to get elected into power.
“For the first time in the history of this country, fuel is retailing at above Ksh.200 and that’s the legacy that President Ruto is leaving. Ruto should come out and apologise to Kenyans for lying to get elected,” he stated on the panel.
Commenting on Trade and Industrialization Cabinet secretary CS Moses Kuria, Sifuna said it was a mistake to appoint the former Gatundu MP to the Cabinet.
“Moses Kuria is not new to public discourse in Kenya. No one has been charged for ethnic contempt more times than Kuria. This is somebody who has a loose tongue and should have never been considered a Cabinet Secretary,” added Sifuna.
He went on to accuse the current government of arrogance against the people who elected them into office.
“You would never hear William Ruto speaking to Meg Whitman, their new BFF, the way they are talking to mwananchi. Those are the shareholders of the Kenya Kwanza government. The mama mboga and the boda boda persons are nolonger the subject,” he further said.
But in response, his Kakamega counterpart Boni Khalwale confessed that, actually, there was a problem upto where he comes from in Malinya, Kakamega County.
He, however, said this economic issue was being dealt with so that the struggling people in the villages and across board can have alternatives like the Chinese electric cars which the State is importing into the country.
He further stated that some of the lessons they are learning from the taxation measures will inform the Finance Bill, 2024.
Also present on the show was former police Spokesman Charles Owino from United Democratic Alliance UDA Party.