President William Ruto has endorsed the National Dialogue Committee's recommendations
26/11/2023 20:53 in Politics News

President William Ruto said he has accepted the recommendations of the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO), which is a coalition of the Kenyan government Kwanza and the opposition Azimio la Umoja.


"You have heard that the chief negotiators have completed this task, and we thank them for completing this task. Now, let us come together and move Kenya forward," Ruto said. Addressing a congregation of clerics in Kahawa West in Roysambu district on Sunday, President Ruto called for not just a 30% but a 50% cut in government spending, urging leaders to live according to their will. how they achieved Kenya's prosperity.


"They gave advice; all these advices were accepted. Since they said we would reduce public spending by 50%, I have done that. Those who are asking for a 30% reduction, I suggest they increase it to 50% so that Kenya can move forward. We must learn to live the way we can live," he added.


The president also asked the parliamentarians to pay attention to the committee's proposal, stressing the collective responsibility to move Kenya forward. "All the other things they suggested, it is up to you parliamentarians to debate this issue and put an end to it so that we can continue to work together without hatred and division," Ruto said.


Praising the committee's efforts over the past four months, President Ruto highlighted the value of their recommendations. The committee, through a joint statement on Saturday, November 25, highlighted the need to reduce the travel expenses of various government departments by 50% and approved a 30% reduction in daily allowances for state and civil servants.


This move, according to the committee, is to address the critical problem of unprecedented housing costs. Another prominent aspect of the committee's deliberations is the proposal to create an office of Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.


The proposed positions, pending the approval of the National Assembly, could see the appointment of First Secretary to the Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga to their respective offices.

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