The current prevailing hard economic times facing the country are
beyond the control of the Kenya Kwanza-led government, National
Assembly Deputy Speaker Gladys Shollei has said.
While defending the government over the recent Energy and Petroleum
Regulatory Authority ( Epra ) decision to increase fuel prices,
Shollei exonerated the new administration from blame over the pain
which ordinary citizens are going through.
Shollei who is also Uasin Gishu Women representative pointed out some
of the measures President William Ruto has put in place to tame the rising
cost of living amidst hue and cry from Kenyans.
“The government has come up with a policy to cut down drastically on
importation of some of the products that can be sourced locally like
cooking oil as it also increase exportation of locally manufactured
goods to create jobs for our youths,” said Shollei.
The Deputy speaker was speaking on Monday during the distribution of food
stuff for more than 3,000 learners at Kipkaren primary school in
Kapseret constituency, Uasin Gishu County.
She asked Kenyans to give the new administration time as it embarks on
a raft of measures that will ensure that the rising cost of living is
brought down as she called on them to tighten their belts.
“Let us just be truthful and honest to Kenyans by telling them that
the skyrocketing cost of fuel is beyond the control of the new
administration and the MPs. We just have to be patient as things
settle down,” added Shollei.
She further expressed concern over depreciation of Kenyan shilling
against the US dollar; a trend she observed was making it hard for
import and export business in the country.