The Kenya Kwanza presidential hopeful, Dr. William Ruto, while on a campaign tour of Mt. Kenya region said bringing down the cost of living was among his first priority if elected.
Speaking in Murang’a town on Tuesday, the deputy president (DP) noted that the cost of basic commodities had gone up and stated that bringing down the cost of living once elected into office was his top agenda.
“The cost of flour has gone up, the cost of petrol has gone up, even the cost of fertilizers has gone up,” he said.
“As Kenya Kwanza we shall lower the cost of living by helping the farmer get more returns by giving seeds and fertilizers,” he added noting that he would lower the cost of a bag of fertilizer from the current Sh 6500 to Sh 2500 so as to help all farmers increase produce.
He said his administration would ensure all farmers benefit financially from their efforts by eradicating brokers and middlemen who often take advantage of farmers.
“The government will ensure guaranteed minimum returns so as to ensure farmers did not incur losses,” he said. “This will motivate farmers and ensure we eradicate perennial hunger and food shortage in the country,” he added.
He also vowed to address the issue of unemployment with the urgency it deserves noting that there are millions of unemployed youth. “Unemployment is leading a lot of Kenyan youth into drug and substance abuse,” Ruto said.
As Kenya Kwanza government, the presidential candidate said they would channel Sh. 200 billion yearly into the labour industries such as the textile and leather industry, agro processing, manufacturing and housing so as to create employment for the youth.
Ruto also said if elected he would make health services accessible to all Kenyans by lowering the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) monthly rates from the current Sh. 500 to Sh. 300 and ensuring free health care services for all Kenyans who cannot afford to pay for NHIF.
He urged votes to give him a chance to be president saying his administration would be in touch with the needs of the Kenyan people.
Ruto called on all Kenyans to maintain peace during the election; urging other politicians to avoid incitement and divisive politics.