By: Kamande Muchiri @MountKenyaTimes
- “In this season of high politics, remember, we will not start a new country from the scratch. We will continue collecting Ksh2.6 trillion in tax revenues, spending Ksh1.5 trillion in salaries, Ksh1 trillion in debts servicing, and the balance of Ksh100 billion in pensions,” said Kuria.
- “Without borrowing, we will not have a single penny for development. Any candidate or party presenting an economic model must start by presenting to you a solid plan for eliminating the Ksh6 trillion public debt” added Kuria.
- Kuria, TSP party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, have been spearheading Mt Kenya region unity ahead of next year’s general election.
Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) party has capped the age of individuals seeking to vie for Member of County Assembly (MCA) seats on the ticket to those below 45 years old.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who is also CCM party leader in a statement Wednesday said the move by the party is set to pave way for younger people to scale up the leadership ladder in the party.
“Bad news if you are over 45 years and seeking to vie for MCA position. Chama Cha Kazi will not nominate anyone above 45 years to vie for the MCA position. Let’s walk the talk,” he said.
The move is aimed at luring the youth to register and run for various posts in the next general elections scheduled for August 2022.
The vocal lawmaker insisted that he will lead by example in championing the welfare of the youth.
This comes even as the majority of voters in the 2022 general elections are expected to be youth.
With those born in 2004 expecting to cast their ballots for the first time next year, all candidates are determined to hold onto the youthful voters.
With at least six million young people having hit 18, and therefore eligible to vote, the new voting bloc will determine who will occupy different political seats.
Kuria further asked the Kenyan youth not to give up and ensure that they register as voters in their large numbers.
“Dear the youth of this great nation. Please do not give up on everything. Kindly, register as voters. It is about your lives and future. If I was in a position to, I would be jumping up and down with you in the villages working with you to ensure every eligible voter is registered but…” he further posted.
Kuria has been popularizing Chama Cha Kazi whose motto is “Kazi Pesa Umoja” after falling out with the People’s Empowerment Party, which clinched Juja parliamentary by-election on May 19.
The recently registered party was formed with the intention of pushing for the dignity of work, sanctity of enterprises, and unity in diversity.
To prove his focus and determination to building the party to become a national outfit, the outspoken lawmaker even stated that he will not be vying in 2022.
He even went ahead to give a detailed plan of how the party is planning to eliminate the Ksh6 trillion public debt.
“In this season of high politics, remember, we will not start a new country from the scratch. We will continue collecting Ksh2.6 trillion in tax revenues, spending Ksh1.5 trillion in salaries, Ksh1 trillion in debts servicing, and the balance of Ksh100 billion in pensions,” said Kuria.
“Without borrowing, we will not have a single penny for development. Any candidate or party presenting an economic model must start by presenting to you a solid plan for eliminating the Ksh6 trillion public debt” added Kuria.
Kuria, TSP party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, have been spearheading Mt Kenya region unity ahead of next year’s general election.
The clamour for unity by the trio has been gaining momentum by day, giving presidential hopefuls’ sleepless nights.
DP Ruto however on Saturday declared he owns the votes in Mt Kenya region thus anyone who wants to talk to the voters must go through him.
In the last four years, Ruto has frequently pitched camp in the populous region and could have visited many nooks and crannies in the vote-rich area.
The meeting and frequent tours of the region reveal the DP’s all-out efforts to ring-fence the region.
In the past three months, DP Ruto has hosted at least 40 delegations at his Karen home and of those 35 meetings, more than 25 of them were with Mt Kenya delegations.
This means that for every three meetings the DP holds in his presidential bid, at least one is with Mt Kenya groupings.
The region has more than six million votes and Ruto needs a high percentage to win State House.
Raila woos youth
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday pledged to allocate the youth at least four seats in his Cabinet if elected Kenya’s fifth President next year.
Speaking in Nairobi during a forum with a section of youth from Mt Kenya region, Raila said that the youth in the country need to be properly empowered to spur development.
While responding to questions raised by the youth youth leaders from Mt Kenya who met him at the University of Nairobi, Odinga stated that the younger population can be “curse or a blessing” depending on how they are used adding that if empowered they can be a source of wealth creation in the country.
“I believe strongly that we need to make use of the youth energy that we have in this country. Over 70 percent of our population is below 35 years. The youth can be a blessing or a curse depending on how you make use of them. Up to now, the use has been a curse because they have not been given the requisite tools to be able to contribute well to the society,” said Odinga his plea to the youth as he strategizes to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta whose second and final term will end in August next year.
He added that failure to empower the youth through education, they end up becoming a burden in the society and engage in drug abuse and other criminal activities.
In regard to the 30 per cent allocation for the youth, Odinga said that there needs to be a commission in place to ensure the implementation in all the 47 counties and the success of other policies.