President William Ruto is today Thursday, November 9, expected to deliver his first-ever State of the Nation address since taking over power in September last year.
The President will address a joint Parliamentary sitting of both the National Assembly and the Senate in line with Article 132 (1( (c) of the 2010 Constitution requiring the president to address a joint sitting.
Ahead of Ruto’s speech, Migori Senator Eddy Oketch said he is expecting the Head of State to use the opportunity to apologize to Kenyans for lying to them.
“We expect a state-of-the-nation apology and not a state-of-the-nation address from President William Ruto,” the lawmaker said.
The ODM legislator in an interview with Citizen TV on Thursday, November 9, said that the president made several promises to Kenyans which were to be fulfilled in his first 100 days in office.
At the height of the 2022 campaigns, Ruto promised to stabilize the Kenyan shilling against the US dollar and lower the cost of fuel which will in turn bring down the cost of living among other promises.
However, after taking an oath of office, the cost of fuel has almost doubled pushing the cost of living beyond reach for the majority of Kenyans.
Further, the value of the Kenyan shilling has sunk low and the President has not only doubled but also introduced punitive taxes against his promises.
As such, Oketch said the President must first apologize to Kenyans for taking the country in the wrong direction.
“We want him to offer a state of national apology on why international fuel prices are going down and yet ours are going up, on his promises, on why the shilling is deteriorating and the high cost of education,” he said.