Forget cheaper Unga forever! See what Ruto has said hours before travelling to Ethiopia that has left hustlers begging for Raila’s help
President William Ruto has vowed to renege on one of his campaign promises to reduce the prices of some of the basic commodities, like Unga.
This is after he vowed never to subsidize maize flour which would have reduced the Unga prices, contrary to his campaign promises.
During his campaigns, Ruto promised to lower the cost of living by reducing the cost of Unga among other things.
However, Speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, when he flagged off Kenyan tea to Accra, Ghana under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) guided trade initiative, Ruto made it clear that his government will not offer subsidies for consumer goods like maize flour but will only support the production of such crops.
“Our very first intervention is to try and reduce the cost of production so that we can enhance our productivity. Progressively we are going to work with our farmers so that we can better support them in production. I have said we are going to make a conscious decision to support our production and not subsidise our consumption,” he said.
Ruto was only reiterating his message about ruling out subsidies on consumption. He had earlier affirmed that his administration will invest in producers.
“We are not going to be subsidizing consumption. That is why we are going slow on the matter of subsidizing consumption. We are going to work and support producers,” Ruto said while addressing a Kenya Kwanza parliamentary group meeting in Naivasha.
“The Unga subsidy that was done, I was being briefed by the Ministry of Agriculture for one month, the taxpayer was asked to pay Ksh7 billion for the unga that cost Ksh100 which was nowhere in the first place. Only few people laid hold of it. If we had spent Sh7 billion shillings in fertilizer it would have been a different ball game.”
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