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Edwin Sifuna blasts Gachagua’s move to purchase seafood, KOX reacts

By Winnie Onyando September 21st, 2023 2 min read

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has questioned Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s knowledge of seafood, in a move that has elicited varied reactions from Kenyans on social media.

In an interview on Citizen TV, the eloquent Sifuna took on Gachagua, who was not present, claiming the DP was purchasing sea food for use at his office while he is not used to that particular diet.

“The government has been telling us to tighten out belts owing to the tough economic times but some of them do not even have belts. The office of the Deputy President for instance recently put out an advertisement for seafood supply. What does Gachagua know about seafood? Huyo ni mtu wa mtura (he is used to street food)…”

This video has triggered a diverse range of emotions among Kenyan citizens, with many expressing their concern over the government’s utilization of taxpayer money.

Below are a few reactions from Kenyans on X platform formerly known as Twitter:

One social media user commented that, “Senator Sifuna’s comment is a reflection of the frustration many of us feel. We need fiscal responsibility in government! #TaxpayerMoney,”

“Deputy President’s office spending extravagantly while the President is cutting back… What’s the deal here,” another X user commented.

“I never thought seafood could be such a hot topic in politics! But seriously, let’s prioritize our spending,” another X user said.

In February 2023, President William Ruto announced the government will reduce its expenditure by Sh400 billion in the financial year ending June 2023.

The aim, according to the President, was to restore fiscal sanity, curb external borrowing, and streamline the country’s budget.

However, it appears the Deputy President’s office, under Honorable Rigathi Gachagua, has different priorities.

In a public tender notice, luxury items such as seafood, steam baths, saunas, and fresh flowers were listed as part of their procurement plans.

The tender called for applicants in the provision of catering goods and services, including fresh fruit, poultry, fish, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, goat, soda, bottled water, milk, dairy products, and outside catering services.

The contrasting views on government spending have ignited a spirited debate among Kenyans, demanding transparency and accountability in the allocation of taxpayer funds.

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