Gov’t Shouldn’t Borrow Loans on Behalf of Kenyans Without Citizen Participation, Reuben Kigame

Reuben Kigame has criticised the national government for procuring loans without having Kenyan’s input in the decision He questioned the role members of parliament are playing as representatives of Kenyans in overseeing government borrowing He was responding to news that Kenya had borrowed KSh 6.4 billion from the Korean Export and Import Bank to finance the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT).

Presidential aspirant Reuben Kigame has called out the national government for procuring loans without the participation of Kenyans.

Citizen participation In response to an online post that said the government had borrowed KSh 6.4 billion from the Korean Export and Import Bank, the celebrated artist asked the government to ensure participation by citizens when procuring loans on their behalf. “In the most polite way allow me to say this: loans procured on behalf of citizens must have citizen participation. We claim to involve citizens for much less,” he wrote.

Citizen participation In response to an online post that said the government had borrowed KSh 6.4 billion from the Korean Export and Import Bank, the celebrated artist asked the government to ensure participation by citizens when procuring loans on their behalf. “In the most polite way allow me to say this: loans procured on behalf of citizens must have citizen participation. We claim to involve citizens for much less,” he wrote.

The government has reportedly borrowed KSh 6.4 billion from the Korean government to finance the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT). The Korean Export and Import Bank loan is set to be serviced by taxpayers until 29th January 2061. Parliamentary oversight Kigame questioned the morality behind the government adding more debt through loan agreements without involving the citizenry. The gospel musician further castigated the national assembly for failing in their role to keep the government and its organs in check. “It is the audacity of putting citizens in endless debt through agreements that do not involve them that bothers me. Where is Parliament when all this is happening?” he posed the question. Presidential ambitions.

Kigame launched his presidential campaign in Eldoret on Sunday, October, 11th insisting that he will vie for the top seat next year through the Federal Party of Kenya.

Kigame said that his blindness as a disability could not hinder his capacity to offer value-based leadership and prioritise the fight against graft and land grabbing if elected. It was reported by TUKO.co.ke that he received endorsement from fellow evangelist Pastor Pius Muiru of the Maximum Miracle Centre, who tried his chance at the presidency in the hotly contested 2007 general elections. He has maintained that he has the instrumental qualities required to uplift the lives of Kenyans, including his fellow artists who have been denied their rightful gains through corruption.

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