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60 Days of Ruto Government
Exactly two months after assuming power, President William Ruto has given the presidency a new face, cutting the figure of a hands-on leader unlike his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta, who liked to delegate many duties.
Ruto has been on the ground, meeting Kenyans from all regions, including those who did not vote for him. Besides that, he has resumed weekly Cabinet meetings.
Also, the Head of State has held forums with corporate executives who influence the economy in a big way. He has also travelled outside on official assignments at least five times.
In total, the President has hosted over 120 meetings, sometimes attending four events in a day.
Too Young to be Criticized?
Inflation, high cost of living, and insecurity are some of the challenges the new administration is grappling with.
On the campaign trail, Ruto fashioned himself as an economic liberator, promising to turn around the economy within the first 100 days of his reign. However, 60 days after taking the reins of power, he reckons that it is not possible to fulfill all his promises on time.
Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, have been forced to alter the timelines for implementing their manifesto even as Kenyans grow more irritable, frustrated, and impatient, thanks to the economic hardships.
However, Ruto’s allies argue that it is too early to take on this government, considering that the President is now laying the foundation of his economic agenda.
Why Kenyans Are Unhappy With Ruto, Gachagua
Reckless statements, campaign mood tone, blame, and excuses form a big chunk of the things that have outraged Kenyans since President William Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, formed the government.
Weeks into their new roles, Ruto and Gachagua started blaming the past administration, accusing it of throwing the country into a deep economic pit, but Kenyans are pressuring the duo to deliver instead of complaining.
Gachagua’s recent remarks have been described as “unpresidential” because he is constantly making excuses for why the government might fail to implement its agenda on time.
Also, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu kicked up a storm after saying that the government plans to stop funding the public universities. He later said his remarks had been taken out of context.
Ruto: I Will Build 1,000 Dams
President William Ruto on Sunday revealed that his administration has undertaken to build 1,000 dams across the country as a major means to boost food security.
Speaking in Baringo County, the Head of State explained that the projects would be actualised under Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
He noted that the country must come up with innovative ways to increase productivity in agriculture otherwise food security would remain a far-fetched dream.
For many years, Kenya has depended on rain-fed agriculture but owing to climate change globally, things have been looking bad in recent years.
Gachagua: I Will Continue Criticising Uhuru
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has told off critics who feel that his criticism of the previous administration of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta is unnecessary.
Gachagua said on Sunday that he would continue pointing out the mistakes of Uhuru’s government so that Kenyans can understand how the former President had abused power.
At the same time, he called on Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji to release all suspects who were framed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for the bad blood between Uhuru and his then deputy, William Ruto.
His sentiments came days after the economic his Ksh7.3 corruption case were dropped following a confession by the investigation officer that he was forced to frame the former Mathira MP.
The President’s Daughter
President William Ruto’s daughter is doing more than ruffling feathers since her father became the Head of State in September.
Unlike children of the four former Presidents, Charlene Ruto is charting her own path by holding highly publicised meetings locally and abroad. In recent weeks, she has been meeting governors and county executives as well as government officials in other countries.
However, it has not been explained in what capacity she is meeting all these people, with some Kenyans speculating that Ruto has been delegating duties to her.
Govt Agencies on The Spot
The decisions by various state agencies and ministries to formulate and implement new regulations without following due procedures has attracted the attention of the National Assembly.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula fingered several government institutions for taking advantage of the transition period to make new regulations.
The Teacher Service Commission (TSC), for instance, agreed on the delocalisation of tutors without the approval of Parliament.
Koome Decries Police Extortion
Inspector-General of Police Japhet Koome has admitted that corruption by traffic police is rampant.
To arrest the vice, Koome directed traffic police not to erect roadblocks at any point without permission from their seniors.
The police boss also directed commanders to increase supervision on the roads to ensure that the officers cease harassing motorists and extorting bribes.
Shock as NIS Officers Kills Man
An officer attached to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) was yesterday arrested after he shot dead another man in Umoja estate, Nairobi.
Eyewitnesses said the policeman, who previously worked with the GSU Recce squad, drew his gun and shot the victim at close range following an argument.
He tried to escape, but he was cornered by members of the public who roughed him up before police arrived and rescued him.
The motive of the killing has not been revealed.