DP Rigathi Gachagua tells off CS Moses Kuria over fuel remarks

Deputy President has told off senior government officials who have issued insensitive remarks after the increase of fuel prices to over Kshs 200 per liter.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua

Among the leaders was Investments, Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria who on Friday tweeted “Global Crude Prices are on an upward trajectory. For planning purposes expect pump prices to go up by Ksh 10 every month till February.”

Kuria’s tweet attracted a lot of debate pushing Kuria to trend on twitter.

David Ndii who serves as the chairperson of the Presidential Council of Economic Advisers, also posted what was considered by some as “mean” remarks about fuel prices.

And now, Gachagua is cautioning elected and appointed leaders to be cautious about what they say or tell the public.

This was contained in a statement the Deputy President issued, announcing his return back from an official trip to Colombia where he attended an international coffee conference.

The statement by Gachagua:

Good afternoon, Kenya.

I am home; I am happy to be back after a fruitful official visit to Colombia.  As the saying goes; East or West, Home is Best.

While away, I keenly kept abreast discussions back home, especially on the recent spike in oil prices, which, though global, have not spared us.

I have noted with concern the exchanges between public servants and the People of Kenya.

I want to call upon fellow leaders, particularly those that our President, H.E Dr William Ruto, has given the privilege to serve Kenyans to exercise caution in addressing Their Employer- the People of Kenya. It is Insensitive to talk down on The People.

I would like to remind them that although the people of Kenya did not employ them directly, they decisively  elected H.E President William Ruto, who in turn appointed them Cabinet Secretaries and Advisors. And hence by virtue of this -they are  employed by Kenyans. You Do Not address your employer with arrogance. Do so with Humility and Decorum. Kenyans, like the rest of the world, are going through  difficult Economic times and leaders should address them with Sensitivity and Empathy.

Responsible leaders should be sensitive and  inspire Hope to the People-the Hope for a Better tomorrow.  Talking down on the people and demoralising those who look up to them for solutions and a way out of the difficult situation they find themselves in is not good leadership. Please Do Not SPITE the People of Kenya.

President Ruto always encourages us to offer Servant Leadership, be humble, and serve with Humility.

With deep respect, I would like to  plead with the people of Kenya to appreciate that the issue of fuel prices  is a worldwide challenge. Things will get better as we move along. The Government remains aware of and is sensitive to the challenges Kenyans are facing today; the arrogant statements by a few leaders DO NOT, in Any Way, reflect the official Government position or that of President William Ruto.

The President remains committed to finding lasting and sustainable solutions to the economic challenges that face our great Nation.

God bless Kenya.

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