Deputy presidential debate: Reality checking Martha Karua and Rigathi Gachagua

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4 candidates for the place of Deputy President met in a face-to-face debate on July 19 2022. The Kenya Editors Guild Reality-Checking desk appeared into whether or not their claims have been inaccurate.

Listed here are the primary of our fact-checks:

Azimio-One Kenya Alliance presidential operating mate Martha Karua on the deputy presidential debate at CUEA on July 19, 2022. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

“The expenditure on operations and upkeep, O+M is over Sh600 billion whereas salaries are at about 550. You possibly can see operations and upkeep overshooting salaries.” – Martha Karua

By Victor Mboya

In response to the controller of finances, “operations and upkeep” refers to recurrent expenditure that features journey (each home and overseas), printing and promoting, leases and charges, non-residential coaching, hospitality, upkeep bills for motor autos and different property, authorized charges and different bills.

This expenditure is obtainable for each the nationwide authorities and the county governments for the 2021 monetary yr on the web site of the controller of finances.

For the 2020/2021 monetary yr, which is the most recent full monetary yr accessible, operations and upkeep stood at Sh324.6 billion, whereas salaries have been at KSh665 billion. Karua’s declare of 600 billion overstates the quantity spent on operations and upkeep by about 275 billion. Her declare of Sh550 billion understates salaries by about Sh115 billion.


Martha Karua’s quotation of social-economic rights is wrong

“…our structure dictates that we undertake a social financial market financial system, the place social justice is on the forefront. That’s the reason article 57 … article 46 not 47 talks of social financial rights…” Martha Karua.

By Victor Mboya

Article 46 of the Kenyan structure states:

“to defend, promote, develop and pursue shopper rights as guided by Article 46 of the Structure of Kenya 2010, the Client Safety Act, 2012 and the Competitors Act, Cap 504 and make it potential for the customers to get worth for cash.”

Social financial rights

Invoice of Rights within the Kenyan structure offers for the enjoyment of financial and social rights beneath Article 43 on six sectors which embrace well being, ample meals and of acceptable high quality, housing, clear and protected water, social safety and schooling.

Karua’s declare is inaccurate.

UDA presidential operating mate Rigathi Gachagua on the deputy presidential debate at CUEA on July 19, 2022. [Denish Ochieng, Standard]

“We’re inheriting 6 million younger individuals who haven’t any jobs.”  – Rigathi Gachagua

By Eunice Omollo

Dr Jacob Omolo, a senior lecturer within the Division of Utilized Economics at Kenyatta College, mentioned the quantity quoted by Gachagua is bigger than the precise state of affairs.

“Whether or not we use the labour power cohorts of a youth that’s 15-34 years or the constitutional definition of a youth from the age of 18, the quantity is manner lower than what he claimed.”

He added, “The info from the 2019 Kenya inhabitants and housing census places the whole variety of unemployed regardless of age at 2.7 million. Even with no matter development charge within the nation, there isn’t any manner we might hit 6 million unemployed youth.”

Gachagua’s declare is inaccurate.


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