Inside Odinga’s plan to pay unemployed Kenyans every month

While in Naivasha, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga said fighting unemployment will be a major priority for him if he decides to contest for the presidency in 2022.

Odinga said he has a plan to ensure the unemployed are catered for and provided with monthly stipends.

He said that his administration will establish Social Welfare States that will be mandated to distribute Ksh.6,000 every month to all unemployed Kenyans.

“Ntaka kuona kama kila mkenyaanapata anajira, wale ambao hawapati ajira maanake kutakuwa na social welfare states, watapata kila mwezi kutoka kwa serikali shilingi elfu sita,”

he said.

Additionally, Odinga noted that as a way of ending unemployment, he will push for the youth to be provided with capital to start business immediately after finishing school.

Kenya’s public service has over 700,000 jobs, and only 10 percent of new jobs are added every financial year.

According to Odinga, more jobs will have to be created by the government to bridge unemployment gap.

He, however, did not indicate whether the capital would be in form of credit or a grant, and what criteria would be used to allocate the money.

“Alafu tunataka kuona kama vijana ambao wamemaliza masoma wanapewa pesa ya kuanzisha biashara yao binafsi,”

he said.

Odinga has been outlining number of plans which he according to him, would be used in his administration should he secceed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

On September 20 this year,  Odinga unveiled a 17-point agenda seeking to uplift Kenyan youth in a move to bank votes for the young people.

He plans to create a Tax Holiday for Youth Enterprises, which will see a minimized taxation of new and small youth owned businesses.

“By giving them a tax holiday of seven year in addition to extending tax incentives to organizations and companies that after employment to the youth. Ease of doing business in Kenya must begin giving particular attention to and provide accountability mechanisms for how easy it is for young people to start a venture and build a business,”

he said in a statement.

The Blueprint seeks to introduce a Youth Commission with equal representation of both genders and task it with advancing their participation in all spheres of public and private life.

Odinga pledged to revamp Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) .

He urged the Parliament to do an amendment on the AGPO Act which belongs in the Ministry of Youth Affairs to benefit the young people.

Although Odinga is yet to announce whether he’ll be vying for the presidency, he has been traversing the country selling his agenda with regards to various key issues including; the economy, unemployment, health, insecurity and education among others.

During the Naivasha trip, he was accompanied by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna among others.

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