ODM Party leader Raila Amollo Odinga today unveiled a raft of measures dubbed Raila Youth Agenda.
On the face of it, the policy interventions appear new and unique but a rudimentary check reveals that this is more or less the same principles articulated for the youth in the Building Bridges Initiative document.
Raila Odinga plans to create tax holidays for Youth enterprises, creating a national Bodaboda Fund, revamping industries across all 47 counties for MADE IN KENYA products, and rolling out a 10,000 annual Kenya National Youth Internship Program.
Tax holidays for youthful entrepreneurs could provide impetus to industrial growth never experienced before.
In 2022 appropriately 6,000,000 youthful Kenyans will be voting for the first time. A large percentage of these are jobless and nice-sounding economic policies such as the bottom-up approach expounded by DP Ruto is bound to attract them.
In both the 2013 and 2017 General Elections, the youth were exploited to either take part in acts of tribal retribution and cause mayhem against their neighbors or just straight conned over issues such as world-class stadia, laptops, and a million jobs.
In the meantime, the government has run corruption-riddled failed projects for the youth such as the Youth Development Fund and Kazi Kwa Vijana.
The youth in Kenya are misused by politicians every election circle to foment trouble and ethnic or class animosities.
The youth are the most gullible constituency of voters and even with politicians dangling pure lies before them, they are bound to bite just like they've done on numerous occasions before.
Youth involved in Kazi Mtaani scheme.
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