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Ruto reads riot act to cabinet, returns to Mt Kenya in busy week

On Wednesday, Ruto told Kenyans that in the next few weeks, sugar prices will have dropped.

He acknowledged the cost of sugar had skyrocketed since he took the oath of office but explained that his administration was streamlining the sugarcane sector, riddled with confusion and mismanagement for years. 

“We have been reluctant to import sugar to avoid working against our farmers, but now, in the next two weeks, you will see a difference as we have ordered imports from outside the COMESA market,” he added.

“I agree that there is concern around sugar. We have had confusion and chaos in the whole sugar subsector. Many companies have closed shop because there is no cane to harvest, ” Ruto said.

The President also announced the second phase of the fertilizer subsidy program, which will see a 50-kg bag of fertilizer now cost Sh2,500, down from Sh3,500.

He said that his government will increase farmers credit kits from Sh2 million to Sh10 million so that farmers can access affordable credit loans to buy farm Inputs.

On Thursday, Ruto awarded the charter at the varsity’s grounds in Konza Technopolies City in Machakos County.

He also appointed Equity CEO James Mwangi as the Chancellor of the first virtual public University in Kenya at Konza Technopolis.

President Ruto once stamped authority against violence in Kenya, insisting that he would not let violence be used as a tool to divide and destroy the country.

“We will not compete in violence in Kenya. That one I said won’t happen. Mambo ya vita na kupiganisha watu Kenya nimesema hapana. Haiwezi endelea hapa  Kenya nikiwa rais. Hiyo tukubaliane,” he said.

On Friday, Ruto announced that Kenya was looking forward to expanding its relationship with Israel as they mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral ties.

He said that Kenya and Israel will explore more opportunities for partnership in food production and irrigation, blue economy, border control and health.

On Saturday, Ruto embarked on a five-day working tour of the entire Mt Kenya region where he is expected to launch a number of development projects.His trip is of great political symbolism.

Besides the commissioning and launching of projects, the President will also chair a Cabinet meeting at Sagana State Lodge and host a regional leaders conference at the same venue on Tuesday.

For the first time since beginning his term as the country’s fifth head of state, President Ruto will be at Sagana State lodge.

The populous and strategic region was crucial in Ruto’s presidential victory despite Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta having backed ex-prime minister Raila Odinga.

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