Political twists have scarred the ongoing campaign dubbed “Lower Food Prices”.
Since yesterday, Kenyans have been protesting about the shooting prices of food.
Though it had been christened as “national revolution”, it is turning to be another elusive debate pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja against Kenya Kwanza of Deputy President William Ruto.
Supporters of the two main political alliances are now throwing jabs at each other and trading blame games.
Trouble started when Kenyans who subscribe to Kenya Kwanza accused President Kenyatta and his ‘Handshake’ brother, Raila of running down the economy.
They claimed that food prices have been on the rise since the President hammered a political deal with the former Prime Minister on March 9, 2018.
“The Handshake duo have had to worry about many things in the course of their lives like us all. Unfortunately, where the next meal comes from isn’t one of those things. You are expecting water from a rock if you hope they get what this campaign is all about,” Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot wrote on Twitter.
But ‘Handshake’ supporters produced a video in which the DP is heard defending food prices during an interview on Citizen TV.
“For the record, for the public to know, the challenge we have in Kenya of high food prices is not a national challenge; it is a regional challenge. We have the same problem in Uganda and Tanzania,” he said.’
A story published in 2017 by the Daily Nation also shows that Raila criticised the Jubilee government for hiking food prices. Jubilee leaders told him off.
“Send Uhuru and Ruto home and elect new blood to try to save Kenya. The question is, is Raila the new blood? Wait, Kibaki was old blood but yes Kenyans had food and money in their pockets,” Dr. John Njenga Karugia said.
Even if those who launched the campaign had good intentions, politicisation of the raging conversation has diluted it.