A Kakamega man has channelled his frustrations to a television set he owns at home after learning the tough economic times would not change for the better in the foreseeable future.

Identified as Okoth Vicky, the man was gutted by the news that President William Ruto had pleaded with Kenyans to allow him a minimum of a year to lower the cost of living, characterised by high prices of food. In a bid to cushion himself from such heartbreaking news, Okoth unplugged his TV before setting it ablaze outside his house. “I didn’t imagine that I would reach a point where I no longer want to watch news. The government has said Unga prices will be lowered next year. I, therefore, don’t want to watch the news again.

I won’t watch the president’s face again on TV. Let it end there,” he said as he turned the appliance on fire. The president asked Kenyans to be patient amid the high cost of living, worsened by high fuel and food prices. “I know the cost of living is high. You know that the prices went up because of the mess created the ‘handshake’ regime in the last four years. Nitanyorosha hiyo mambo kwa mwaka moja. We have already started the process of lowering unga prices by giving farmers 1.4 million bags of subsidised fertiliser,” said Ruto.

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