Kenyans will have to deal with unstable power supply if they are to succeed in pushing the government in availing cheap electricity, it’s now emerging.
This comes at a time when Kenyans are complaining of very expensive power, this being just among the basic commodities whose prices are too high.
Chairman of President William Ruto’s Council of Economic Advisors David Ndii now says that this is the price they have to pay for the round the clock power supply the government is giving.
The economist has warned that cheaper power will see Kenyans only get it for some hours in a day, and it is now their choice to make on which suits them.
“On power bills, we have two choices. Costly power available 24/7, or cheap power available a few hours a day, like SA. If you cared to peruse our manifesto, you would have noted that cheap power does not feature in our pledges on electricity,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
Ruto has continued to deal with criticism for the runaway cost of living in the country, despite having promised to bring it down within weeks while he was campaigning for the seat.
Among those criticising him is Azimio La Umoja leader Raila Odinga, who has accused the government of silently raising taxes on power and letting Kenyans suffer.
Addressing supporters in Nairobi recently, he said that Kenyans have continued to be given less amount of electricity tokens compared to before, and Ruto is to blame for the deteriorating situation.
“From today, we call on every Kenyan buying electricity tokens to take a very close look at the statement and see how much of your money actually goes into tokens, how much goes to taxes and how long are we going to live like this?” he posed.
He made the remarks at the Kamukunji Grounds during one of the anti-Ruto rallies he has been holding.