Economist David Ndii has come under fire after suggesting that educational infrastructure is not a Kenya Kwanza government priority.
Ndii who chairs the President's Council of Economic Advisors was defending nomination of the 50 Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs).
According to him, the cumulative payroll of the 50 state officers won't tilt the current wage bill that is already taking a considerable chunk of the taxpayer's money.
"For the record, the payroll of 50 CASs (Sh 450m) is 0.075% of the national government wage bill (Sh600b) less than 1/1000th," he tweeted.
For the record, the payroll of 5O CASs (Sh450M)is 0.075% of the national government wage bill (Sh600B) less than 1/1000th.— David Ndii (@DavidNdii) March 18, 2023
However, a Kenyan argued that it would be rational if the Sh 450 million is channelled to other reasonable causes like building classes for the Junior Secondary Schools (JSS).
"And you have balls to put it as if it's nothing. Imagine Sh 450 million can build 4,600 JSS classes," he said.
And you have balls to put it as if it's nothing. Imagine 450M can build 4600 JSS classes.— Black Superman 🌻 (@MykKioko) March 18, 2023
Ndii's response to the above tweet did not sit well with a majority of Kenyans who argued the government was being insensitive to pertinent issues that ought to be looked into.
He said building classrooms was worthless as they would not campaign in the oncoming elections.
"And the classrooms will campaign for us next elections?" posed Ndii.
And the classrooms will campaign for us next elections? https://t.co/0G7QKa54jI— David Ndii (@DavidNdii) March 18, 2023
Below are some of the reactions from Kenyans;
This tweet is best deleted. There are so many other ways to respond to that issue— Dr. Nelly Yatich (@YatichN) March 18, 2023
David Mwenje says everything they are doing has everything to do with the 2027 elections. He says the government can not build classrooms for JSS because classrooms can not campaign for their reelection in 2027. Do you see why Kagame had to fire him? Do you see why Kibaki had to?— Kulo Conrad (@ConradKulo) March 19, 2023
Yes @DavidNdii. The classrooms, low cost of living, tarmacked roads, electricity connections to the last mile, food security, booming business, industrial parks to employ millions of jobless youth etc will campaign for you in 2027. The problem is you're just a mere advisor...— PC Kemei (@PCKemei) March 18, 2023
Kenya Kwanza has Appointed 50 CASs not because the country needs them but because they are William Ruto's campaigners.— Hon. Cedric Guya. (@SenatorGuya) March 18, 2023
This country 😂
Kuna watu walipanga line kupiga kura hoping their children will have better education and classrooms only to be told those classrooms won't campaign for the next election. N there goes the good education— Samwel (@ig_njoroge) March 18, 2023