President Ruto calls for a change in Kenya’s spending habits and pledges to crack down on corruption.
In his State of the Nation address, President Ruto acknowledged that Kenya has been living beyond its means and that this needs to change. He called for an end to counterproductive subsidy interventions, which he said have led to the country’s debt burden.
Ruto also said that the government is committed to reducing the cost of living by supporting agricultural production. He pointed to the country-wide farmer registration and fertilizer subsidy program, which has made available 5.5 million bags of fertilizer to farmers across Kenya. The President also said that the government has reduced the price of fertilizer from Sh6,500 to Sh2,500 and increased maize acreage.
On corruption, Ruto reaffirmed his commitment to ending it in his administration. He said that all corruption cases will be dealt with ruthlessly, with finality, and expeditiously. He added that corruption, wastage, inefficiency, and negligence are serious threats to the transformation agenda.