Wednesday, July 24, 2024

David Ndii: President William Ruto, choose between paying workers salaries and debts


David Ndii and President William Ruto
David Ndii and President William Ruto

On April 8, David Ndii, the head of President William Ruto’s Council of Economic Advisers, said the country might have already plunged into a pickle before news of the payment postponement.

Ndii said that President William Ruto’s government was stuck between paying the debt and having to deal with the consequences of not paying it, while also having to deal with several other problems.

The fix was shown by the economists when they showed that the government used about 60% of tax money to pay off deficits.

Just under 40% of the income received was set aside to cover wages and other government expenses.

Ndii said that there was a huge need from many sectors, especially the public sector, but not enough money to pay for it.

Ndii then questioned whether Ruto should pay the loans or salary in response to the conundrum.

Is public financing really so demanding? Every other day, it is reportedly claimed that debt repayment is eating 60% or more of earnings.”

“Capital adequacy crunches are unavoidable. Something needs to give when maturities pile up, income is insufficient, or markets change. Pay or by default? Choose one,” Ndii said.

Ndii, on the other hand, said that Ruto called him after he said that Kenya’s foreign loans would cause it to go bankrupt in 2014.

He was called in to help his government deal with the financial constraints after he won the election.

He gave worried Kenyans the assurance, “I believe we’re capable of making a difference.”

The financial expert explained the situation to government workers, including members of parliament, who were worried about being paid late.

Opiyo Wandayi, the minority leader in the National Assembly, said on Friday, April 7, that he hadn’t been paid for March yet. The lawmaker said that Ruto’s regime had forgotten to make sure that public workers were properly and promptly counted.

Wandayi also criticised the government and demanded an examination of its public funds.

“As we approach the middle of the month, even MPs have not been paid for the first time in our history.”

David Ndii and President William Ruto

As of right now, only police officers and military personnel who work in the security services have received pay, according to Wandayi.

The financial crisis had an effect on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation employees, along with MPs. In a letter dated Wednesday, April 5, CEO Samuel Maina urged colleagues to be patient while the media organisation worked quickly to address the situation.

The CEO promised to reveal plans to protect employees and their families. Maina said it was sad that “leadership regrets to inform you that we won’t be able to pay the March 2023 salary before the Easter holidays.” This was because of things that were out of their control.

On February 8, the Treasury Cabinet Secretary told Parliament that the country was having financial problems that were making it hard for the government to do its regular work.

David Ndii and President William Ruto

The administration, he said, was eager to handle the financial shortage situation.

“The state is like a house. There may be instances when you have wanted but have no money to meet them. But if you work hard, you’ll eventually have money to take care of your necessities,” he said.