Raila Odinga has been on a charm offensive seeking to woo the populous Kenyan youths to back his presidential bid.
Raila Odinga’s promise to the youth is over-exaggerated in a way – and might in the near future come to haunt him. The promise of granting the jobless youth Kes.6000 monthly stipend cannot be applicable, basing on Kenya’s economic dynamics.
As Covid-19 pandemic rages on, with ballooning public wage bill, such proposal might stifle the country’s effort to economic recovery. Previously, Raila had promised youth a seven-year tax holiday – which is not even applicable in countries with first class economy.
Raila stated on Sunday that he will reduce tax once he takes office. He explained that he would achieve that by widening the net of tax, taking cognizance of measures to curtail tax evasion.
Political deceit has been rampant as key political players make promises that can bolster their popularity. Deputy President William Ruto, based on his hustler narrative, has promised an economy that will give preference to the low-placed entrepreneurs.
Former vice President Musalia Mudavadi has also not been left behind as he gives preference to economy recovery strategies based on the epithet of ‘Uchumi bora, Pesa mfukoni.’
Youths remain the most economic vulnerable, yet they are the key determiners to the country’s leadership. Raila’s popularity in 2007 was reportedly pegged on the number of young Kenyans who voted for him.
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