The project, which was aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, was labeled as a way of pressing the country further. Raila Odinga's Orange Movement and Owino's fellow party member, noted that the Kenya Kwanza government is allegedly doing the opposite of what it promised.
As a supporter of Raila, Owino noted that during the run-up to the elections, the president promised to give grants to those who submitted projects, and he asked the people to boycott the loan initiative if they think the government would benefit from it.
He also asked the president to look into what he promised the people and how he is actually carrying out his promises. According to Owino, the country is in the midst of a harsh economic situation, and the president should instead give the people grants instead of loans. He noted that the president had previously promised that the money would not be refunded.
The president, however, maintained that the money was for small-scale businesses and not for meals. He allowed people to borrow up to 50,000 with an interest rate of 8 percent. According to the president, the money was meant for the small businesses and not for meals.
Ruto noted that the initiative was mainly aimed at youths who are already running small businesses and lack capital. Kenyans, on the other hand, criticized Owino and asked him to focus more on the Azimio la Umoja coalition and allow the president to run the country.
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