Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi has warned Kenyans to prepare for difficult economic times ahead and cautioned against expecting quick fixes.
Musalia was speaking at Mukami Kimathi’s funeral at Nyandarua County, where he emphasized that addressing the high cost of living is a complex and time-consuming process, urging Kenyans to be patient and give the government sufficient time to tackle the economic challenges currently facing the country.
“It is going to be a challenge to get our country back on the track. I said, and I will repeat that reviving Kenya’s economy is not like brewing instant coffee in the morning. Revival of Kenya’s economy will take time but it requires us to be united,” Musalia said.
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Mudavadi pointed a finger at the previous administration led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, attributing the current economic struggles to the government’s excessive borrowing to repay old debts, which has resulted in a debt repayment crisis.
“We did not suddenly get here. We got into this hole because the previous administration recklessly borrowed money and left Kenyans with the burden. I said that over borrowing will deeply sink us into a hole and I was ignored,” Musalia stated.
The Prime CS also called on opposition leaders, including Raila Odinga, to refrain from criticizing the government without giving it enough time to implement its manifesto.
“It’s time to close ranks and move forward in lowering the cost of living for all Kenyans. We cannot all be in the same basket. We must criticize and correct each other, but let us do it from a position of truth and not a position of just politicking,” he added.
The high cost of living is currently a major concern among Kenyans, as a result of the prolonged drought and dollar shortage which make it difficult to import goods. According to the Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the prices of basic foodstuffs such as maize flour and sugar have increased by 25.6& and 18.4% respectively.
A recent Infotrak poll also revealed that 72% of Kenyans consider the high cost of living as the most pressing issue that the government should address urgently.