President William Ruto now says the release of Ksh.3.6 billion subsidized fertilizer, will see an increase in farm produce, leading to the reduction of Unga prices which he says will approximately take one year.
Speaking during the groundbreaking of Soweto East Zone B social Housing in Kibra, Nairobi yesterday, the Head of State asked Kenyans to be patient with him as he works to lower the cost of living.
“I know the cost of living is high. You know that the prices went up because of the mess created by the ‘handshake’ regime in the last four years. Nitanyorosha hiyo mambo kwa mwaka moja. We have already started the process of lowering unga prices by giving farmers 1.4 million bags of subsidized fertilizer,” Ruto said.
The head of state asked Kenyans to be patient in the middle of the high cost of living that was worsened by increase in fuel and food prices. He said the government began the process to lower the cost of producing food by empowering farmers with subsidized fertilizer.
Ruto further said that his government will empower farmers to affordably produce maize, adding that by the end of the year, they will provide another 6 million bags.
During his campaign, President Ruto constantly blamed the political union between former president Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for the high cost of living.
He also promised to lower the Unga prices within the first 100 days of assuming office.
The increase in flour price has been attributed to the shortage of maize in the country, forcing the government to import the staple food from Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
Ruto’s predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta introduced a subsidy program for maize flour and petrol to ensure the prices were lower but these were done away with by President Ruto.
BY STACY ODHIAMBO