Ruto maintains handshake to blame for high cost of living » Capital News
Nairobi, Kenya, July 7 – United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential flag bearer William Ruto has blamed the handshake as one of the reasons for the current high cost of living in the country.
DP Ruto said in a KTN News interview on Thursday that the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga made it impossible for the Jubilee administration to implement the program. of the Big 4 which, according to Ruto, would have helped protect Kenyans against high food prices.
He noted that agriculture was the main component of the Big 4 Agenda but did not materialize after the handshake.
“Unfortunately, we lost the opportunity to implement the Big 4 for reasons that every Kenyan knows. This is the reason why in 2018, before the handshake, the price of Unga was 90 shillings today it’s Sh230 going to Sh250 because we dropped the ball,” Ruto said.
Ruto said the plan was to have a fertilizer subsidy program which he says was scrapped two years ago, partly blaming him for the current situation.
“If you don’t help farmers to produce. It’s simple, the scale is supply and demand. When supply goes down, demand goes up, prices go up, and that’s where we are,” he added.
He said the cost of living is a reality Kenyans across the country face.
DP Ruto said in their Kenya Kwanza Manifesto they identified agriculture as the solution to the cost of living, noting that it was the most competitive sector in the country.
“If we go back, why have we, like Kenya Kwanza, identified agriculture as the place where we can not only reduce the cost of living, but we can also increase incomes and facilitate the value addition of agro -industry and the whole manufacturing value chain, it’s because agriculture has very quick returns,” he said.
He pointed out that agriculture has the fastest return on investment, adding that it has the highest multiplier effect on all other sectors, including job creation, agribusiness, among others. sectors.