Deputy President William Ruto yesterday took his campaigns to Kiambu County where he claimed his Azimio la Umoja opponent Raila Odinga is being funded by Covid-19 billionaires.
The Covid-19 scandal emerged at the height of the pandemic. Shadowy and influential individuals pocketed more than Sh7.8 billion through flawed procurement at the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) and got tenders to supply face masks and testing kits whose prices were grossly exaggerated.
Dr Ruto said the Azimio presidential candidate has no moral authority to lecture the Kenya Kwanza coalition on how to fight corruption “yet they are beneficiaries of corruption and looting of public resources”.
‘‘You are giving us lectures on fighting corruption…when you are hostages of state capture,” he said in Ruiru.
The DP added that his administration will give state organisations tasked with fighting corruption independence to do their work through funding and new laws.
The Kenya Kwanza presidential flagbearer added that his government would lower National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) monthly subscriptions for the self-employed from Sh500 to Sh300.
He said vulnerable and poor families would access healthcare for free.
Dr Ruto criticised Mr Odinga for attacking and discrediting the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, adding that his rival should concentrate on presidential campaigns.
Kenya Kwanza presidential running mate and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua said the government formed by the alliance would lower the cost of living “as soon as we win the election”.