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Ruto directs counties to stop placing extravagant congratulatory adverts on dailies

By Hilary Kimuyu September 8th, 2022 1 min read

President-elect Dr William Ruto has directed County Governments to refrain from placing extravagant congratulatory messages on newspapers which are aimed at applauding him.

In a letter by Devolution Principal Secretary Julius Korir dated September 7, 2022, Dr Ruto has advised counties to use cheaper alternatives in sending their congratulatory messages.

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The PS noted that the “adverts are expensive and risk creating financial burden to the Counties involved.”

“In line with advice from the President-elect, these congratulatory adverts are hereby discouraged with immediate effect. Counties wishing to send congratulatory messages are encouraging to explore cheaper alternatives such as social media,” the PS said.

“The Counties are further encouraged to cut on wastage as the same resources can be used to provide essential services to Kenyans, in line with their priorities, in projects that impact their lives. It is the desire of the new administration to give Kenyans value for their money.”

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Several counties have since Tuesday been placing full-page advertisements in the local dailies congratulating the President-elect and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua following the Supreme Court’s decision to upheld their election victory.

For the governors who were first to secure an advertisement space, their congratulatory messages ran on Tuesday. Others ran on Wednesday and also Thursday. Others have also written their congratulatory messages on social media.

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