With William Ruto set to be sworn in as Kenya’s 5th President on Tuesday, September 13, all eyes will be on him and his administration to deliver on the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) manifesto.
In particular, he had promised to implement a raft of policies and projects within his first 100 days in office, or by around Christmas 2022. Some of them will require legislative support to be executed.
Here, Business Today looks at nine key things William Ruto promised for his first 100 days in office.
Ruto promised the speedy establishment of the Ksh50 Billion Hustlers Fund. It will be a kitty offering affordable financing to SMEs in the country.
50% of Cabinet for Women
The President-elect committed to ensuring that 50 percent of positions in his Cabinet are occupied by women.
Implement Two-Thirds Gender Rule
Ruto vowed to ensure that the two-thirds gender rule which has been a thorny issue since the 2010 Constitution came into effect, would be implemented fully by his administration.
Responsibilities for DP, Prime CS
Ruto promised to assign official responsibilities to his Deputy (Rigathi Gachagua) and Prime Cabinet Secretary (Musalia Mudavadi). He explained that this would avert a situation similar to where, in the second term of President Uhuru Kenyatta was sidelined as DP.
Action on Córruption
The President-elect stated that his administration would within the first 100 days halt investigation of cases he claims are selective and politically instigated to settle scores.
Appoint Judges Rejected by Uhuru
Ruto stated that he would appoint the six judges who outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to appoint as expected sparking a legal tussle.
Funds to Counties
He stated that counties would receive funds from the national government on time. He noted that this would help drive implementation of the economic charters signed by UDA in the 47 counties. The charters highlight priority areas for development in each county.
Lower Cost of Living
Ruto promised that his administration would take measures to quickly lower the cost of living within 100 days – including agricultural subsidy programmes and investment in agro-processing. He further maintained that investment in agriculture was the only way to lower the cost of living.
Return Port Operations to Mombasa
Ruto stated that port operations moved to Naivasha would immediately be shifted back to Mombasa once he assumed office.
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