Babu Owino Trolls Ruto’s Efforts to Lower High Cost of Living

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Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was not amused by President William Ruto’s strides to reduce the cost of fertiliser and lift maize flour subsidy.

Babu ridiculed the efforts stating that Kenyans require their basic needs met first, before waiting for the plantation season to enjoy the low fertiliser prices. 

“Kenyans need basic needs, food, education, clothing, and shelter. Reduce taxes on clothing and rent. Fertilizer is not a short-term solution. “We have to wait for the planting season and the harvest season too.  By that time, some Kenyans would have succumbed to hunger,” he stated while speaking to a vlogger on Monday, September 19. 

Speaking to a vlogger, the MP poked holes at the excuses the government presented in their first week in office.

He recalled that Kenya Kwanza promised to lower the cost of maize flour to Ksh70 from the pocket-breaking Ksh200. 

In a recent meeting, the president declared that the maize flour subsidies will be halted as it was a scheme orchestrated by a few individuals embezzling public funds. 

On education matters, Babu urged the government to fulfil its promises.

“If I would have been the cabinet secretary for Education, right now education would be free. No one would be sent home for lack of school fees. However, there is a next time and God’s time is the best. 

“Let him (Ruto) serve and work for the people. I want to challenge him. He said the HELB loan will be a grant. Let him start with that,” Babu argued.

He, nonetheless, lauded deputy president, Rigathi Gachagua, for being courageous enough to face his critics and dedicated to his duties. 

Despite the backlash, the deputy president has received for his bold speeches in public meetings

“Rigathi resembles a chief. However, he is very fluent and coherent when he speaks and he is an intelligent person,” Babu noted.

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