Ruto asks Kenyans for one year to lower the price of Unga and other basic commodities amid starving among ‘hustlers’.
President William Ruto now says he needs more time to lower the price of Unga adding that the Kenya Kwanza government is determined to reduce the cost of living.
Speaking in Kibra, Nairobi, while commissioning a housing project on October 25, 2022, Ruto asked Kenyans to be patient with him as he works round the clock to lower the cost of living.
The release of Ksh.3.6 billion subsidized fertiliser, Ruto said, will see an increase in farm produce, leading to the reduction of Unga prices.
“Lazima tupunguze gharama ya maisha, na mimi niliwaambia lazima tuteremshe bei ya unga ikuje chini. Na hiyo safari ya kupunguza gharama ya unga na gharama ya maisha tayari nimeianzisha. Tumepatia wakulima wetu mbolea magunia milioni moja na nusu na tunawapatia ingine milioni sita wazalishe chakula,” Ruto told Kibra residents.
President Ruto further blamed his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration for the Unga crisis, saying he will fix it in a year.
“The (Unga) prices went up because of the mess created by the former government but I will resolve that in the next year. We’ve started the process by giving farmers 1.4 million bags of subsidized fertilizer.”
During the campaign period leading to the August 2022 polls, Ruto consistently blamed the political union between former president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for the high cost of living.
President Ruto also promised to lower the Unga prices days after assuming office.
A 2kg packet of Unga is now retailing at Sh230, Sh20 higher than at the time former president Uhuru exited the office on September 13, 2022.
After assuming office on September 13, President Ruto ruled out the possibility of the government subsidizing Unga prices.
Ruto said his government will not subsidies consumables but instead focus on products that will lead to stabilization in prices.