President William Ruto in statehouse
President William Ruto

In the run-up to the 2022 general election, nominated MP John Mbadi accuses President William Ruto of misleading Kenyans throughout the course of his campaigns.


Kenyans are dissatisfied with the rising cost of living, according to Mbadi, who appeared on Citizen TV's Day Break programme on Thursday.


Mbadi said that Ruto had pledged to cut it from the level that his predecessor, Uhuru Kenyatta, had left it at.


"You must put your manifesto into action, but you lied about it. You need to have informed Kenyans that if you choose us to lead the country, we'll execute the housing programme by levying 3% of your wages." You failed to inform Kenyans," Mbadi said.


Eight months after taking office, Kenya is engaged in a contentious discussion over the Finance Bill 2023, which proposes to raise taxes as the Kenya Kwanza administration attempts to gather more money from Kenyans. President Ruto came onto the scene with the promise of bringing down living costs.


"Ruto said that Uhuru was overtaxing Kenyans and that he would make sure that taxes were reduced. You failed to notify Kenyans that taxes were increasing today. "


The issue then becomes, "Are you actually carrying out the manifesto you recently presented to Kenyans?" Mbadi questioned.


"You lied to Kenyans, and they demand an apology for your deception. You should apologise to the voters who supported you. They are so angry because they expected things to be handled in various ways," he said.


Ruto promised that his victory would be an economic opportunity rather than an opportunity for those in politics to create positions of authority for themselves.


Nevertheless, he pushed for the establishment of a chief administrative secretary (CAS), a title that the High Court had ruled unconstitutional.


This is just one of the topics that have sparked discussion since Ruto took office in September of last year.


The Finance Bill 2023 puts forward, among other things, a 3% housing fund that it claims is not a tax and a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 16% on fuel. It has already been the subject of a petition.


The 2023–2024 budget is scheduled to be presented to Parliament on June 15.


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