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Senator Cherargei accuses Uhuru, Raila of trying to sabotage Ruto

Sunday, April 9th, 2023 09:23 | By
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei.
Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei. PHOTO/Courtesy

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has accused former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga of trying to sabotage President William Ruto by instigating political instability.

In a statement, Cherargei accused the former President of taking expensive loans that matured in April and must be repaid immediately.

"Uhuru/Tinga/ handshake government ensured that they borrowed expensive loans that most of it matured this month and must be repaid ASAP. Then they gang up to bring political instability against the government worried that Ruto shall succeed in the economic transformation of the country (sic)," Cherargei stated.

"Sad news to Uhuru and Tinga H.E Ruto shall transform this country into first world-class of economic prosperity."

This comes even as the government faces a cash crunch which has resulted in delays in salary payments and disbursement of county allocations.

On Friday, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi claimed that the MPs were yet to receive their March salaries even as they headed for the Easter holidays.

"This month, things have come to a head. For the first time in our history, even MPs have not been paid as we head towards mid-month," he said.

"For the first time since independence in 1963, the government of Kenya is unable to pay salaries to civil servants and members of parliament Nearly all civil servants don't when or if they will ever be paid."

In March, the National Treasury admitted that it did not have enough cash to distribute to the counties, a situation that has paralysed operations in several counties.

Speaking when he appeared before the Senate Public accounts investment committee, Treasury PS Dr Chris Kiptoo admitted that they were three months behind schedule.

"We acknowledge we are three months behind, and I know you have asked me, when will you pay, I want to say we will pay based on the revenues that we get," Kiptoo said.

"I know there is the issue of county vs national, which we are trying to see how to address because we are trying to see the issue of equity and predictability, please give us time, but there are things that come first like we must pay our debts."

According to Kiptoo, a big chunk of the revenues collected has been going to debt repayment.

"We don't want to hear that Kenya has failed to pay its debt, this month of March we have done over Ks150 billion for debt, so what happens is that we delay giving for development and even counties, even ministries have not received development budget from July to now, so it's not like Treasury have favoured Ministries against counties," Kiptoo said.

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