Duale Changes Tune To Defend Uhuru From Continued Attacks

KEY POINTS:

  • Garissa Town MP Aden Duale has changed the tune to defend President Uhuru Kenyatta from series of attacks from frustrated Kenyans.
  • Duale said that the Members of Parliament (MPs) are to be blamed for the country's current state of the economy.
  • Duale has gone further to castigate MPs saying that they are to blame if the budget is approved which is heavily ambitious.

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Garissa Town MP Aden Duale has changed the tune to defend President Uhuru Kenyatta from series of attacks from frustrated Kenyans.

Duale said that the Members of Parliament (MPs) are to be blamed for the country’s current state of the economy.

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According to Duale, the architecture of the constitution gives powers to the house when it comes to oversight.

“And I remember saying this at the floor of the National Assembly, looking at in terms of expenditure, revenue and debt perspective – the honors lies with Parliament.

“I want to tell Kenyans. The people who are failing them are MPs. Don’t blame the President. Don’t blame Treasury. Blame MPs, including me,” Duale said on Thursday afternoon while at Parliament grounds.

Duale has gone further to castigate MPs saying that they are to blame if the budget is approved which is heavily ambitious. He further asked the government to avoid loans from China to finance the budget.

“Let us forget about these high expensive loans from the Chinese. China is a threat to the Kenyan economy as it is to other African economies. Let us borrow from bilateral and multilateral lenders where the grace period is long and interest rate less,” Duale said.

In his view, government and Treasury should restructure debt management while shifting their focus on the pandemic by vaccinating as many Kenyans as possible.

“Let us control the economic fall outputting into consideration the Covid-19 pandemic,” Duale said.

Duale deciding to defend Uhuru comes when the head of state is seemingly neglected and left to deal with critics alone.

So far, President Uhuru has been blamed for failing to stabilize the economy which in turn has rendered many Kenyans jobless and businesses left to go down.

Treasury now depends on loans to finance the budget which even has not attracted much-needed attention as in other years.

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