Kenya: Can Ruto turn around the economy in 100 days?

By Jeff Otieno
Posted on Tuesday, 13 September 2022 12:58, updated on Friday, 16 September 2022 00:34

Kenya's incoming President William Ruto takes the oath of office in Nairobi
Kenya's incoming President William Ruto takes the oath of office as his wife Rachel Ruto stands by his side during the official swearing-in ceremony at Moi International Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya September 13, 2022. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

William Ruto’s short-lived honeymoon comes to an end today after he is sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president. Now comes the hard part of living up to campaign promises. Poor rains added to burgeoning debt will make a pledge to lower the cost of living hard to achieve. Will Ruto manage to turn around the ailing economy and lower the cost of living in 100 days as he had pledged?

In July while on a campaign trail  in the Mount Kenya region Deputy President William Ruto promised to bring down the cost of living in his first 100 days in office.

“The challenge of high cost of living can be dealt with by investing in agriculture, period,” Ruto said, dismissing the impact of the situation in Ukraine as a “tall tale”. “I will lower the cost of living in the first 100 days after taking office,” he said.