Raila raises concern over President William Ruto’s foreign trips in his first month in office amid the high cost of living.
Azimio leader Raila Odinga has criticized President Ruto’s foreign trips since his inauguration, querying the source of funds for the trips following the government’s claim that they found empty coffers.
Raila, who was speaking at a roadside rally while engaging residents in Ruaraka and Mathare constituencies, claimed the President and his team used Ksh 200 million to attend the Queen’s burial in September.
“They say they found the government treasury bankrupt. In the same month, they went to Europe to bury the queen, and they spent Ksh 200 million, where did that come from? They have gone to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania. These people are not to be trusted at all,” Raila said.
William Ruto President has toured five countries since his inauguration as the president.
His first travel took place on September 18, less than a week after his inauguration, when he flew to London, England, to attend the late Queen Elizabeth’s burial.
After that, Ruto traveled to New York, where he attended the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The Head of State departed for Ethiopia on October 6 to make his first official trip to the continent.
The president departed the country once more the next day, this time to accept an invitation from President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda as the East African neighbors celebrated their 60th anniversary of gaining independence.
Thereafter, Ruto traveled to Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam for a private meeting with President Samia Suluhu.
Notably, there has been discussion about the delegation that the president has traveled with to various locations.
The trip to Uganda sparked debate as the different quarters questioned why the president tagged his daughter and son-in-law in the trip.
Questions about Ruto’s foreign trips come amid the high cost of living in the country with his deputy Rigathi Gachagua sensationally claiming that the national treasury is empty.
In his criticism of Ruto’s foreign travel, Raila stated that the cost of living was becoming unreasonably high for ordinary Kenyans and that corrective actions were needed to alleviate the burden.
He accused Ruto of making false promises about the cost of living during his campaigns but admitted that he was only 30 days into office.
He accused Ruto of failing to reduce the cost of flour, cooking oil, and fuel, as well as failing to implement his ‘Hustler Fund’ plan.
He also criticized Ruto’s decision to lift the ban on GMOs, claiming that they were also prohibited in other countries.