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We are not to blame for high cost of living – Raila, Karua say

The Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate Martha Karua have distanced themselves from blame over the high cost of living saying they are not yet in government and cannot really do anything to change it.

Raila, however, stated he has had a discussion with President Uhuru Kenyatta on the matter and tried to present to him his ideas on how to handle the situation.

He says his role in the government is strictly adversarial dismissing allegations from the opposing political camp that he enjoys State privileges and has powers to lower the cost of living for Kenyans.

“I do not want to speak for the government, but I have indeed spoken to President Kenyatta about these issues. I know he is facing a lot of challenges, for example, now the government is being pulled in two different directions; there is a faction government that is opposing that very government’s agenda,” he said.

“That faction of government is playing with the livelihood of Kenyans. They’re trying to divert the attention of the public, playing populist politics with the cost of living.”

He also defended President Kenyatta-led government from blame saying there are a lot of external factors that have contributed to the current cost of living.

“Kenyans are not stupid, they know very well that I’m not in government. I don’t earn a salary or allowance from the government and I don’t live in a government house, but I advise. I can give some advice…it is not implementable, the user may or may not use it,” he said.

“But having been in government, I also know the challenges which a government faces. Like this crisis we’re in right now, it’s a serious crisis, you can see the way the cost of oil has gone up, so virtually everything else goes up because they all depend on oil for manufacturing.”

He further added: “There have been other events which have taken place in other parts of the world, which have themselves are major contributing factors to the cost of living not only in Kenya but around the world. Even the USA is fighting it, European countries are having serious problems because of what is happening in Ukraine.”

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