During a late-night television interview on Citizen TV on Sunday, Gachagua made the sensational claim: “Tumekosa maneno ya foreign exchange hata Jana pale katika Benki Kuu hakukuwa na zile pesa za kigeni za kutosha kuagiza mafuta kutoka nchi za nje (We have insufficient foreign exchange and the Central Bank does not have enough foreign currency for importing fuel)."
In a retaliatory statement issued on Monday morning, the Central Bank said: oil importers, as with all other private transactions, obtain the requisite foreign exchange from commercial banks.
“All foreign exchange for private transactions is obtained from commercial banks. CBK does not supply foreign exchange for transactions other than for the National Government or CBK operations,” CBK said in a statement providing their stance on the matter.
DP Gachagua speaking in Nyeri.
The DP has several sensational statements attributed to him. Barely one week in office he claimed that Dr. Ruto had inherited a government with a mere KES 39 billion in its coffers.
On Sunday he intimated that the criminal cases against Aisha Jumwa and Mithika Linturi will be dropped. Aisha Jumwa and ex-aide Geoffrey Okuto are jointly charged with the murder of Mr. Jola Ngumbao.
Ngumbao was shot dead on October 15, 2019, after chaos broke out at the home of Mr. Reuben Katana, who was an ODM candidate in the Ganda ward by-election in Kilifi County.
Aisha Jumwa in court over murder charges.
Mithika Linturi on the other hand has a string of court cases ranging from entering women's rooms, mistakenly, to corruption charges. Mr. Gachagua, speaking in Kiswahili to elected leaders in Nyeri said: "Kesi iko na Mithika Linturi na Aisha Jumwa ni ya kuekelewa na George Kinoti. Sisi hatuwezi kubali kukataza mtu ambaye ako na nafasi ya kuchangia maendeleo ya Kenya kwa sababu ako na Kesi ya kuekelewa." (The cases against Mithika Linturi and Aisha Jumwa are fabricated by George Kinoti. How can we deny them an opportunity to serve the nation going by fabricated offenses?).
Gachagua also had something to tell the media: "Don't rush to report things I say without understanding the meaning behind them. It seems some people are not yet comfortable with the fact that I'm Deputy President".
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