Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has warned leaders and civil servants against making arrogant public statements.
In a statement released on Sunday, the Gachagua MP said he was aware of the worrying tone in which officials have spoken to Kenyans about the recent spike in oil prices that has caused uproar in the past few days. recently.
He therefore called on leaders to be cautious when speaking to Kenyans, stressing that “it is insensitive to vilify people”.
Gachagua added that the leaders' comments do not reflect the views of President Ruto's government but reflect their personal feelings.
“I want to remind them that although Kenyans did not directly recruit them, they decisively elected President William Ruto, who appointed them as cabinet secretaries and advisors respectively. And thanks to that, they were recruited by Kenyans,” he wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
"You should not approach your employer arrogantly. Do so with humility and courtesy. Kenyans, like the rest of the world, are going through difficult economic times and Leaders should respond with sensitivity and empathy."
He further called on leaders to follow President Ruto's advice to serve with humility and adopt servant leadership.
"Leaders have a responsibility to be sensitive and inspire hope in people, hope for a better future," he said. “Disparaging the people and demoralizing those who look to them for solutions and ways out of the difficult situation they find themselves in is not good leadership. Please do not offend the people of Kenya.
The second chief also called on Kenyans to be patient with the current adjustments the government is making, although not pleasant as fuel prices have been affected globally.
He assured that the government is determined to find a lasting solution to the economic difficulties the country is facing and that a remedy will be found soon.
"Things will improve as we move forward. The government remains aware and sensitive to the challenges facing Kenyans today," he said. Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria and President William Ruto's top economic adviser David Ndii recently questioned Kenyans wondering about the government's decision to increase fuel prices.
CS Kuria was filmed speaking on Saturday asking Kenyans to dig their own wells if they are unhappy with the fuel increase.
"If you keep saying that oil prices increase from morning to night... why don't you dig your own well? The whole world knows that crude oil prices are increasing, if these noisy people have their own wells, then so will I." ready to dig it so fuel prices fall,” Kuria said. On the other hand, David Ndii made provocative remarks following the fuel price hike, saying he did not endorse the government's position and would not tame his tongue to accommodate certain parameters.
“I don't trust politicians, and I don't trust government. If you do, you are an asshole,” Ndii said on X.
“I don't agree; I don't approve of sentimentality in running public affairs. I earned my place in this society by speaking the truth to power, brutally. I'm ruffling my feathers.”
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Fuel costs in Kenya hit a record high on Friday, surpassing the 200 Kenyan shilling mark for the first time as the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) announced that the price of premium petrol had increased by Ksh 16.96, Diesel by Ksh 21.32, and kerosene by Ksh 33.13 per liter.
In Nairobi, a liter of Super