Raila Odinga, presidential candidate for Azimio la Umoja, says the Sh. 6,000 monthly stipend for families is a social protection program.
Raila and his running mate Martha Karua outlined their plans in an interview broadcast on five television networks and several radio stations around the country. One of them was the stipend promise he made.
"We're talking about a lot of Kenyans that live in poverty; roughly 2 million families with four individuals each family, so that's 8 million people, which amounts to 12 billion shillings per month." This translates to 144 billion shillings every year. "We've seen these kinds of thefts and losses before," Raila explained.
The former Prime Minister then proceeded to show where the money will come from.
"The President [Kenyatta] once mentioned that corruption costs Kenya 2 billion shillings each day." President Obama estimated it to be around 700 billion shillings. The majority of that money is lost through procurement as well as collection. "If you basically try to lock this, you can save roughly 500 billion shillings," Raila explained.
Raila claims it is not a fictitious figure, but rather a realistic program, while explaining why he chose Sh. 6,000.
"With this amount, beneficiaries will be able to live on less than three dollars per day." They will be able to live normal lives. "It's not just a wish, but an investment," Raila explained.
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