Kenyan president cancels First Lady’s office budget, official trips amid protests

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President William Ruto of Kenya has announced key austerity measures aimed at addressing public discontent and cutting government expenditure amid protests in the East African country.

Budgets allocated to the offices of the First Lady and Second Lady have been eliminated, while a ban was also placed on the purchase of new cars for government use.

President Ruto further dissolved 47 state agencies and suspended all non-essential travel for government workers.

The president also announced that the number of his advisers has been reduced by 50%.

The decisions come after three weeks of anti-government protests, which have seen citizens demand greater transparency, accountability, and better governance.

President Ruto’s actions are seen as a step towards addressing these concerns and demonstrating fiscal responsibility.

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