Kenya President William Ruto has been reversing some of his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta’s policies so as to deliver on his campaign promises on the economy to bring down the cost of living.
For instance, on his first full day in office, the president withdrew the state subsidy on petrol, and cut relief on diesel and kerosene, pointing to a pending end also to the subsidy on the staple maize flour.
While the President defended his decision to end subsidies on consumer products, the end result has led to a sharp increase in the basic commodities across the country.
As such, political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi on Friday, January 6, said that by withdrawing subsidies, the First in Command has created enmity with the people.
As such, the analyst suggested that Kenyans will soon revolt against President Ruto’s economic policies unless he reintroduces the subsidies introduced by Rtd. President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ngunyi, a fierce critic of the Head of State in a statement termed President Ruto’s economic policies as bold and not popular, adding that politics are driven by popular choices.
“The enemy of William Ruto will be the people. His economic models are bold. Not popular. Economics is about bold decisions. Politics is driven by popular choices. Failure to balance the two will lead to revolt. The masses are irrational. You remove subsidies, you create enemies,” Mutahi Ngunyi said in a Tweet.
Addressing the nation on Sunday, January 1, 2023, at the State House in Mombasa, the president said the removal of the subsidies has had a positive impact on the country’s economy.
“I have had to take bold measures to ensure the country is recovering. The removal of subsidies was necessary to get our country back on the economic recovery,” President Ruto said.