With just 44 days to go, the Kenyan political scene is at its boiling point. Candidates are moving from one corner of the country to the other with all kinds of promises.
From Professor George Wajackoyah‘s snaking farming to William Ruto’s Bottom-up and Raila Odinga’s KES 6,000 a month, all to convince voters to rally behind them come August 9.
With the country battling the high cost of living, every politician has centered their manifesto around solving the problem. As expected, the creation of employment for youth is the pivot of the discussion.
Professor Wajackoyah of Roots Party has promised to implement Marijuana and snake farming to create jobs for the youth.
Deputy President William Ruto’s bottom-up agenda seeks to invest billions of shillings in low-income businesses in order to create employment and lower food prices.
On the other hand, the Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga also has a plan to save the majority of the Kenyan population from high cost of living if elected.
While in Mandera County, Raila, and Karua revealed the details of their plan to lower the cost of living.
One County One Product
Raila, through a Facebook post, shared the details of their #OneCountyOneProduct agenda, a program that seeks to have a factory in every county.
“We have said that one county one product. Each county will have factories. Factories will create employment opportunities for our youth who are suffering because of lack of employment,” Raila said.
To elaborate on this, Mr. Odinga added that his government would use a number of coordinated economic sectors to realize their agendas for Kenyans.
“Our administration will use manufacturing complemented by agriculture, livestock, the blue economy, and ICT as the key engines for the envisaged economic revolution and the apparatus for development,” he said.
Youth unemployment is a topic well known and experienced by many Kenyans. Any leader hoping to take over from President Uhuru Kenyatta must demonstrate how they will solve this rampant situation. It should never be about promises again.