Kenyan President Ruto says private jet was cheapest option to travel to US

Kenyan President William Ruto has come under increasing criticism for claiming that the private jet he used for his recent trip to the United States was cheaper than using Kenya Airways. Despite his claims, Ruto did not disclose the cost of the plane or how much the trip would have cost if he and his entourage had used Kenya Airways for the trip. His comments were considered “unpatriotic” by opposition member Eugene Wamalwa, who argued that the president missed an opportunity to promote the national airline. Critics argue that the private jet, leased from RoyalJet of Dubai, cost $1.5 million, compared to $300,000 for Kenya Airways business class tickets. The controversy adds to concerns about public spending amid a tax increase. For his critics, Ruto does not practice what he preaches, especially since, in the past, he has told Kenyans to live within their means.