Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has yet again lashed out at Deputy President William Ruto over his bottom-up economic approach.
This time, the county boss says that DP Ruto is playing petty politics, and that he cannot initiate the changes that Kenya needs to revive “her ailing economy at the hands of Jubilee administration.”
While reminiscing a 2018 meeting of the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Maize and Agriculture and North Rift farmers in Eldoret, Ngilu says that the grievances of the farmers are yet to be addressed, despite Ruto being in power as the second in command.
During the public hearing, the visibly annoyed maize farmers challenged the senators to expose the “cartel” behind their woes, while lamenting of poor pricing and importation of the product from Mexico at their expense.
Ngilu faulted DP Ruto for not taking action despite being a Minister of Agriculture, and the chairperson of Intergovernmental Budgetary and Economic Council (IBEC) for eight years.
“It did not occur to you that farmers in the Rift Valley who have fed Kenyans for the longest time needed inputs and support… Why must they wait for another government of the future? Are their problems not real now?” the Kitui Governor posed.
Ngilu asserts that food security was and is still important, regardless of the economic approach. According to Ngilu, Ruto and the current administration are to blame for the agriculture sector setbacks in the country.
“Farmers in Rift Valley living in misery due to shortages of fertilizers, lack of support and poor prices for their produce. Dairy farmers in the Mount Kenya region and Rift valley pouring milk because of insufficient storage and cooling facilities,” she added.
She further questioned DP Ruto’s move to leap to the defense of various persons adversely mentioned in various scandals in the sector. “It is not lost on us that wherever there have been whispers of any import scandals be it maize, sugar, fertilizer or rice your name features very prominently as if you are Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS).”
Ngilu says leaders fronting the bottom-up approach are only “exploiting poor masses.”