Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has warned International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to loan money to the country as the leaders will pocket it.
In a statement, the MP recognized the good intentions that the IMF has by lending the country money but urged it to change the way it transacts business with Kenya.
Kuria stated that instead of money, the IMF needs to lend the country 25 million COVID-19 jabs at the buying price of $7 each which is $175 Million or Ksh. 18 Billion.
In his statement, he suggested that the money will not reach every Kenyan but the vaccine will be enough to vaccinate all Kenyans above the age of 18.
“This will be sufficient to vaccinate all Kenyans above the age of 18. But give us the jabs not the money because we will steal the money. Send us the bill of lading we go pick the vaccines ourselves,” read his statement in part.
Recently, Kenyans were up in arms after the International Monetary Fund announced that it was loaning Kenya Ksh. 255 billion.
Kenyans had camped on social media warning the IMF to cancel the loan as they wondered why President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration had an appetite for borrowing year in, year out, yet the state could not account for the funds.
They made the hashtag #stoplendingKenya trend on social media starting on Sunday 4 evening with many claiming that the funds are only meant to benefit specific people who have direct access to the government.
However, some of the leaders defended the government’s move while saying that Kenyans are ignorant.
Controversial economist David Ndii went on to warn Kenyans to brace for tough times as the IMF loan means it will keep Kenya creditworthy so that the government can keep on borrowing and servicing debt.
He added that the country is broke and had filed for bankruptcy protection following the squandering of the funds.
The uproar also so one activist Edwin Kiama arrested on Tuesday 6 for allegedly cyber-bullying the President and his deputy William Ruto.
This was after a poster he made warning the IMF and other international loaning organizations not to transact business with President Uhuru on behalf of Kenyans.
Kenyans again camped on social media demanding Kiama’s release as they argued that his arrest only showed that he was speaking the truth that the government does not want to hear.