Ruto Faces Criticism from International Political Analysts for Shifting Tax Policies & High Expenditure

President William Ruto speaking in January 8, 2023
President William Ruto speaking in January 8, 2023
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President William Ruto has received criticism not only from the country but also from across the globe.

He has been criticised for changing his stance after taking over office, especially on the taxes imposed on Kenyans and the proper use of public funds.

In the country, Ruto has been blamed for failing to fulfil his campaign promises to Kenyans especially to 'Hustlers' who were a major part of his campaign agenda.

Also, he has been attacked for increasing taxes on Kenyans despite critiquing the previous government for the same.

President William Ruto and Joe Biden during a meeting at White House in the United States of America.
President William Ruto and Joe Biden during a meeting at White House in the United States of America in May 2024.
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Outside the country, Zimbabwean author Nomazulu Thata is the newest critic of President Ruto after Kenya was accorded the Non-NATO ally status by US President Joe Biden.

The author on Monday argued that Ruto's recent move to become part of NATO was detrimental to the country and the continent at large.

"What changed the mind of a President, from a moral high ground, eloquently unpacking chronic African debt challenges to a black boy from Kenya?" she posed.

She further argued that Ruto had deserted his former policies to protect Kenya and the dignity of African leaders.

Thata added that other African countries especially those in West Africa were forcefully removing foreign military bases from their countries. This was contrary to Ruto's move to form strong military ties with the US.

Another of President Ruto's turnaround was Indian television station Firstpost Africa, which did a scathing analysis of Ruto's multimillion jet trip to the United States in May.

The foreign station criticised Ruto's move to fly out of the country in an expensive plane while carrying individuals who were not part of the government such as comedians.

"If it moves Ruto taxes it. Imagine hearing your president is flying around in a jet carrying 30 people including a comedian to the US," the station aired.

In a different analysis by the Institute for Security Studies published on May 31, Ruto was in the spotlight for being too pro-Western. Some African critics argued that he was too close to Western countries.

Notably, Ruto has been to both Eastern and Western countries including China and the US respectively.

President William Ruto and President Xi Jinping of China at a State Banquet held in Beijing, China on October 17, 2023.
President William Ruto and President Xi Jinping of China at a State Banquet held in Beijing, China on October 17, 2023.
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Another survey published by MegaTrends Afrika on March 24, also highlighted how Ruto was winning hearts abroad but becoming unpopular back home.

In the survey, Ruto's peers criticised his foreign policy stance which appeared to be more aligned to the West rather than towards Africa.

"The president is a controversial figure, described by observers as having two faces, one international and the other domestic. Ruto’s handling of foreign affairs fuels criticism for several reasons. Ruto has constructed a narrative that his foreign policy is helping to address domestic challenges," read part of the survey.

Additionally, since Kenya accepted to lead the peacekeeping mission in Haiti, Ruto has faced backlash from other Kenyans and Africans in the diaspora. Some of them have held protests accusing Ruto of being being used by the West.