IN SHORT: Many Kenyans are having to count their shillings and cents and civil servants are facing salary delays. But Bomet county women rep Linet Toto didn’t suggest the government’s answer to this was to “print more money” – the quote has been made up.
“Kenya Kwanza government will print more money next week to pay public servants and pay loans, and this will lower cost of living,” the quote reads.
The Kenya Kwanza government refers to Kenyan president William Ruto’s administration.
Kenya Kwanza, an alliance of political parties set up ahead of the August 2022 elections and led by Ruto, beat the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition, headed by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, to form the government.
The Chepkorir quote appeared as the salaries of Kenyan civil servants had been delayed for the month of March 2023, with some government workers threatening to go on strike. Kenyans were also grappling with the high cost of living.
Kenyan deputy president Rigathi Gachagua has blamed the previous government for accumulating huge debts, saying Ruto’s government had prioritised repaying them, in turn leading to the salary delays.
Graphic fake, quote made up
But the quote attributed to Chepkorir is made up and the graphics quoting it are fake.
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