H.E. Raila Odinga this morning hosted former assistant minister Mr. Peter Kenneth at his Capitol Hill offices for talks on the state of the nation, focusing on the economy and political developments in the country.
The two leaders paid special attention to the rising cost of fuel and its projected spiral effect on other aspects of life.
Drawing from his Treasury background, Mr Kenneth shared insights on what can be done to balance the need to raise money to run the country without raising the cost of fuel.
Mr Odinga said there is legitimate concern that the rising cost of fuel will touch all other areas and could cause food inflation and demands for pay by workers, which will hurt employers.
“The challenge is to find ways of balancing between the need to raise money to run the country while protecting the vulnerable members of society. A way out has to be found,” Mr Odinga said.
Mr Odinga also briefed Mr Kenneth on the progress with the Building Bridges Initiative and the on-going war on corruption, which is a key component of the Building Bridges Initiative Memorandum of Understanding with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mr Kenneth expressed support for the war to rid the country of corruption and the bid to unite Kenyans.