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Ruto Succumbs to Public Pressure: Refuses to Sign Finance Bill

Ruto Succumbs to Public Pressure: Refuses to Sign Finance Bill
President William Ruto succumbed to mounting public pressure, announcing on Wednesday that he would not sign the contentious Finance Bill 2024.

The latest comes after a week of protests across the country, primarily led by Kenyan youth, who claim the punitive tax proposals will burden an already stretched population.

President Ruto, speaking at the State House, flanked by allied members of parliament, said that after listening to Kenyans who overwhelmingly rejected the Bill, he would not sign it into law.

“Having reflected on the continuing conversation around the content of the finance bill of 2024, I will decline to assent to the bill,” President Ruto said.

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“Therefore, I will not sign the Finance Bill 2024 and it shall be subsequently withdrawn and I have agreed with these members, that shall become our position.”
President Ruto also stated that he would engage Kenyan youth to hear their perspectives and concerns.

“I propose an engagement with young people of our nation to listen to their issues and agree with them on their priority areas of concern.” He said.

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He stated that moving forward, Kenya will need to engage in a multi-sectoral conversation about the public debt and the country’s future.

“I also propose that within the next 14 days, a multi-sectoral, multistakeholder engagement be held with a view to charting the way forward on matters relating to the content of the bill as well as auxiliary issues raised in recent days on the need for austerity measures and strengthening our fight against corruption.”

During his Wednesday address, President Ruto also called for immediate austerity measures to reduce spending.

“I direct immediate further austerity measures to reduce expenditure, starting with the Executive Office of the President and extending to the entire executive arm of government,” said President Ruto.

He stated that this would begin with the presidency and then spread to the executive branch of government.

“I direct that operational expenditure in the Presidency be reduced to remove allocations for the confidential vote, reduce travel budget, hospitality and purchase of motor vehicles, renovations and other expenditures.”

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Ruto Succumbs to Public Pressure: Refuses to Sign Finance Bill

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