Deputy President William Ruto has denied reports by Aden Duale that the government was getting 10% in kickbacks from all the money borrowed from China, saying the figure was 30% and not 10%.
Speaking after media reports that politicians were receiving 10% as kickbacks from China, Ruto insisted that the government was keen on 30% and that was the standard amount they had set, blaming the media for the inaccurate reporting. “It is an insult to imply that we were only after 10%. The government of Uhuru Kenyatta was keen on getting the full 30% from the Chinese loans. 10% is for people who lack ambition and we are not such!”
The Deputy President said that in the 7 years they have been in government, they always held high standards for everything, including the kickback that they ask for. This is the reason why they have been able to deliver consistently even during tough economic conditions. “We have been very focused and we have always delivered. Vijana wamepata wheelbarrow na wazee walipata chai yao. That is all what matters.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta also added his voice to the debate, arguing that the kickbacks were also used for development purposes and thus no money was lost.