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Deputy President William Ruto’s sh 100million jet in bad taste

By - | May 19th 2013

By Peter Nguli

NAIROBI, KENYA: It has been recently reported in the media that Deputy President William Ruto has hired himself a sh 100 million jet at tax payers expense at a time when over 60 per cent of the population is living under one dollar per day.

Owing to the Kenya’s economy status, this is a waste of resources.

It is an irony of circumstance that a poor and underdeveloped country like Kenya would engage in so much waste and extravagance in the running of its bureaucracy, particularly with regard to the monetary benefits and packages accruable to political office holders in Kenya, compared to the richer developed economies of the west.

What an irony that a Member of Parliament (MP) in Kenya is far paid more than his equal in most Western countries?

What a contrast that our President is by far more highly paid than the British Prime Minister in a country with the biggest slum in the world and where over 60 per cent live below the poverty line? Mind you, the British Prime Minister is in a developed world, the Kenyan president and his Members of Parliament are in one of the most poorest countries in the World. 

The executive and legislative office holders in Kenya enjoy too many perks at the expense of hungry, suffering tax payers with these public office holders not caring to know that they are denying millions of Kenyans their meagre share of the national income. 

Just shake your head in disbelief and tell yourself that all politicians are the same – it does not matter whether they are under an umbrella or sitting on an elephant. 

It’s only just a matter of coincidence that these planes are being hired at a time when most of the country is crying out for water and food. In Ukambani, women have to walk for over 20 kilometres to fetch water on their backs while the DP enjoys his shuttle trips to West Africa on a hired jet. 

I hear we might need just about the same amount to be spent on the aircraft to revamp our water system and food security. 

This is extravagance and waste.



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