Kenya Kwanza blogger Benji Ndolo expelled from Ruto’s WhatsApp group for truth telling
Benji Ndolo, a Communications expert and rights advocate, announced that he had been kicked out of President William Ruto’s Media Voices Communication group.
“I have been removed from the President’s Media Voices communication group. No problem… God bless our country and protect truthtellers. Good morning!” said Mr Ndolo.
In further revelations, Mr Ndolo revealed that the admin of the Media Voices group is Ms Joy Mdivo, the new Chairperson of Kenya Power Board and daughter of Bishop J.B Masinde.
His excommunication from the group came hours after he publicly demanded that the government reduce the cost of fuel by 50% and the same message should be passed on to President Ruto.
“Fuel prices need to go down by 50% one way or the other. Someone tell William Ruto. #FuelPrices,” said Mr Ndolo on September 17, 2023.
Mr Ndolo defended himself, saying he hadn’t incited anyone but merely offered ideas.
“I’ve not incited anyone. I’ve offered ideas. Can’t force anyone to listen, and can’t work for a dictator anyway. It’s disgusting,” added Mr Ndolo.
He also intimated that Kenya is currently ‘burning’, implying that the high cost of living is a ticking time bomb, and also agreed to a sentiment that Kenya Kwanza hates being told the truth.
The fuel cost has been a hot button in Kenya in the past few days. This is after the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) announced new fuel prices on September 15, 2023.
Nairobi News earlier reported that the prices of super petrol, kerosene and diesel rose by Sh 16.96, Sh 21.32 and Sh 33.13, respectively, to retail at historic highs of Sh 211.64, Sh 200.9 and Sh 202.61, respectively.
These new prices caused an uproar in the political class and among ordinary Kenyans who accused the government of failing to tame the high cost of living but continued taxing Kenyans to raise domestic revenue to clear their debts heavily.
“Global Crude Prices are on an upward trajectory. For planning purposes, expect pump prices to go up by Ksh 10 every month till February…I repeat. Petrol will be 260 Ksh by February. El Nino is coming in 3 weeks and will last till March. These are global and climate change-driven. Responsible leaders ought to tell the truth to prepare the people. You can throw stones at me all you want,” said Moses Kuria, the Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Trade & Industry.
In addition to increasing the cost of petroleum products, President Ruto also assented to the increase of of levies and taxes on fuel. The East African reported that Kenya now charges seven levies and two taxes on fuel after the Value Added Tax was doubled to 16%.
In response, the opposition Azimio Alliance called out the government, saying they have been a grand disaster since forming government one year ago.
“It’s been a grand disaster, and as Azimio, we’ve rated the current regime at 30%, equivalent to a D-, for their initial year in office,” read a statement by Raila Odinga.