‘Prices of unga and cooking gas have started coming down,’ – DP Gachagua
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua now says prices of essential commodities have started coming down thanks to the efforts of President William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza administration.
Speaking at a Church service at Karigu-ini in Kenol, Murang'a, on Sunday, October 30, the country's second in command said the prices of unga (maize flour) and cooking gas have started coming down signalling better times ahead.
He, however, urged Kenyans to give the government a 'few more months' to turn around the economy.
"We promised to bring down the cost of living and already you have started seeing the prices of unga and cooking gas coming down," Gachagua told the congregation.
"Our President didn't want to subsidise unga to please you for a few days. We want to find a lasting solution and this can only be done by making fertiliser affordable and available to farmers. Give us a few months and everything will be okay," he added.
The claim comes amidst hue and cry from Kenyans over the high cost of living. Fuel and maize flour are among the notable commodities whose prices have skyrocketed sparking an outcry among Kenyans.
Since ascending to power mid-last month, President Ruto has umpteenth times assured Kenyans that his government will enact viable measures that will see the lowering of prices of Unga and other essential commodities.
Ruto: Give me 1 year to reduce Unga prices
The Head of State on Tuesday, October 25 said the country needs at least one year to stabilize the cost of living.
Speaking during a groundbreaking of 4,054 affordable housing units in Kibera, Ruto said the production sector in the country had been neglected for four years and it will take him up to one year to remedy the situation.
"I told you we must reduce the cost of living and Unga and that journey of doing it has started. I have already reduced the cost of fertilizer.
"We have given our farmers 1.5 million bags of fertilizers and we are planning to give them another six million to increase the production of food.
"This will make the cost of unga come down. Those who increased the cost of unga to Ksh230 did it in four years, but just give me one year to rectify it," he told Kibera residents.