NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – The government is set to introduce new measures to reduce the cost of living by tabling a Supplementary bill that will be presented to the National Assembly once it resumes sittings on Tuesday.
State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu announced on Sunday that Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich is working on the bill which is expected to further reduce the prices of basic commodities like maize and sugar.
Speaking during his weekly press briefing, Esipisu attributed the high cost of living to the current drought and expressed the government’s commitment to help Kenyans mitigate its effect by debating and passing the bill.
“As you know, our region has faced catastrophic drought that has driven food prices up and the President knows that this has made it more and more difficult for Kenyans to feed their families and also to manage their budgets,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had on Saturday announced that his government is committed to finding a solution to the high cost of living experienced in the country by involving Parliament.
“We are focused on getting solutions, we are not like the Opposition leaders who are focused on the problem,” he said.
During the budget reading this year, the government proposed to bring down the cost of maize significantly by allowing duty free importation of white maize for four months.
President Kenyatta also urged the National Assembly to priorities the Two Thirds Gender bill once it resumes sittings.
On Sunday, Esipisu stated that House Majority Leader Aden Duale is expected to publish the Bill to be presented to the house as soon as possible.