Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has chosen a new fight with Deputy President William Ruto over his controversial politician remarks in 2017. Ngilu has been a vocal critic of Ruto and his allies. Ruto stated in 2017 that the Jubilee government was working to stabilize the prices of essential commodities that had risen due to external factors. Ruto made a contentious decision on the same issue in 2022.
During his campaign rallies, Ruto told the Azimio camp that Kenyans are burdened by high living costs due to the failure to implement interventions such as farm input subsidies, which would allow farmers to produce enough to eat and surplus for sale. Ruto has been criticizing the government, claiming that he is fighting for ordinary citizens, despite the fact that he is a member of the government. He has been criticizing Uhuru and Raila, claiming that the handshake has ruined the country.