While speaking in Kisumu, the national Assembly minority leader and Ugunja member of Parliament on an ODM party ticket, the honorable Opiyo Wandayi, issued new demands that President Ruto's government should achieve in the coming year. In a bid to keep the government on its toes, the opposition MP issued four demands to the ruling government.
Firstly, the social protection program Since taking power, President William Ruto's government has done away with the majority of the social protection programs that were put in place by his predecessor. In his first 100 days, Ruto has removed both the unga and fuel subsidies placed by the previous government and has even temporarily removed the cash program meant for the elderly. Wandayi has claimed that Azimio politicians will push for the reinstatement of the social protection programs removed by Ruto.
Secondly, the leader promised to tackle the issue of government appointments. He says that they will try to bring a debate to the legislature that will push for an equitable and merit-based appointment and promotion system for people in public services.
Thirdly, he says that they will demand an increase in the minimum wage. With inflation in Kenya rising by a percentage of close to 9 percent per annum, Opiyo Wandayi hopes to push the government by introducing a bill that will see the minimum wage bill in Kenya being reviewed. Currently, an unskilled worker in Kenya is supposed to receive ksh 8,000 per month and ksh 34,000 for a skilled worker.
Lastly, Wandayi hopes to tackle the big question for most Kenyan parents, which is the issue of education. Wandayi will hope to push the government so that it addresses three major issues on this topic: the fate of the CBC program, the fee structure for public schools and the question of funding for public universities. Currently, Wandayi sees the ministry of education as one of the most confused ever since the new CS, Ezekiel Machogu, took leadership.
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