Kenya General Elections 2022: Presidential aspirant William Ruto promises to publish contracts with China

William Ruto

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto (File image)

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Nairobi: Kenya‘s presidential aspirant William Ruto on Wednesday promised to publish all contracts with China if he is elected, reported Reuters. Ruti is currently the deputy president of the African country. He also promised to deport Chinese nationals working illegally. General elections in Kenya are scheduled to take place on August 9.

Ruto said that he would slash the government borrowing. Notably, the contracts are not public. Cases have been lodged by some Kenyan organisations to fully disclose the deals. According to reports, Kenya owes China about USD eight billion. In the 2022/23 budget, the African country has a deficit of 6.2 percent of gross domestic product.

Ruto and opposition Raila Odinga are leading candidates in the race to become the next president of Kenya. Unlike, Ruto, Odinga has promised to restructure the country’s commercial loans to reduce its debt.
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Notably, Ethiopia has recently restructured its Chinese debt. Meanwhile, Zambia is also looking to do the same. Ruto told Reuters, “Kenya has the capacity to handle its debt situation.”

Kenyans will elect the President, members of the National Assembly and Senate, county governors and members of the 47 county assemblies on August 9. Notably, Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta is ineligible to contest the elections due to the two-term limit in the Kenyan constitution.

Kenyatta backed Odinga for president. Odinga is a veteran opposition leader. according to Kenyatta, Ruto is unfit for the post. Ruto and Odinga were political allies during the 2007 elections. However, a dispute over the result led to the death of 1,200 Kenyans.