Wanjigi faults Raila’s monthly stipend plan


Presidential hopeful Jimmy Wanjigi

By: Kamande Muchiri   @MountKenyaTimes

Worth Noting:

  • “Let the resources of hardworking Kenyans be channeled to national development programs other than the unemployed,” he said.
  • According to Wanjigi instead of promising money to those who are not working, Raila should push for full implementation of the national social security act that provides the framework for government to financially assist all unemployed Kenyans.
  • The businessman noted that despite being passed by Parliament in 2013, the government is yet to operationalise it.
  • Wanjigi insisted that he will vie for presidency and called for a fair party nomination process, adding that his plan is empowering ordinary Kenyans and would push the agenda all through his campaigns.

Orange Democratic leader (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga’s campaign pledge to pay poor families Sh6,000 every month if elected president next year has continued to attract backlash.

ODM Presidential hopeful Jimmy Wanjigi is the latest to dismiss the plan, saying it is not economically viable for a debt ridden country like Kenya.

Speaking at AIPCA Kutus, Kirinyaga County on Sunday, Wanjigi noted that the country would spend Sh 300 billion every year if it was to implement Raila’s proposal, adding that the country is already struggling to repay huge debts.

“In government books, they are saying we have 4 million unemployed youths, and if you give Sh 6,000 for each of these youths, it means you will spend 300 billion per year,” he said.

The businessman termed it unpractical and unfair for hardworking Kenyans to sweat while building the nation, only for it to be allocated to non-working Kenyans.

“Let the resources of hardworking Kenyans be channeled to national development programs other than the unemployed,” he said.

According to Wanjigi instead of promising money to those who are not working, Raila should push for full implementation of the national social security act that provides the framework for government to financially assist all unemployed Kenyans.

The businessman noted that despite being passed by Parliament in 2013, the government is yet to operationalise it.

Wanjigi insisted that he will vie for presidency and called for a fair party nomination process, adding that his plan is empowering ordinary Kenyans and would push the agenda all through his campaigns.

“My agenda is to empower Kenyans through showing them how to make money,” he said.

Wanjigi further took a swipe on ODM leader and other key national politicians for being in power for decades and failing to give Kenyans transformative leadership.

“The reason we are pegging our agendas on the ‘Fagia Wote’ slogan is because the leaders we have had have been tested for more than 30 years and have continuously failed. We therefore want to change the narrative and give Kenya a new face through its new crop of leaders,” he said.

Wanjigi added he will remain unbowed in his quest to vie for presidency in next year’s polls.

He told off those urging him to go for Nairobi gubernatorial seat, saying he will take none of their advices as that is attempting to scuttle his presidential bid.

“I’m stopping at nothing to see my dream materialize. Those attempting to saboteur my dream by suggesting that I should run for other elective positions should be advised that I’m focused on the presidency dream,” he added.

He said he will contest for an ODM ticket even if he continues undergoing through huddles in the hands of the party’s governing council.

Wanjigi challenged the council to embrace democracy and transparency while carrying out party’s elections.

He criticized the manner in which some grassroots primaries have been carried out without fairness and without compliance to the party’s constitution.

“We have written to the party fronting our complaints over how elections in some areas have been carried out. Some were done even at night,” he said.

 

RUTO, MUDAVADI CRITICIZE STIPEND PLAN

 

Deputy President William Ruto speaking in Kilifi on Friday in what appeared to be directed at Raila said Kenyan youth are in need of jobs and not ‘handouts’.

“What these youths need is employment and businesses that can take them to the next level in life, and not handouts which will not sustain them. Handouts will not improve the Kenyan economy,” he said.

The 2022 elections have been hinged on the country’s economic revival, and leaders are coming up with approaches to uplift livelihoods.

Both Ruto and Raila are fronting economic models aimed at enticing the youth to vote for them in the 2022 General Elections.

Ruto, in the bottom-up approach, had said he would take Sh29 billion to boost businesses at the grassroots.

Raila on his part pledged a Sh6,000 monthly stipends to all jobless Kenyans should he clinch the presidency.

Addressing a crowd at historic Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi on Wednesday, Raila said the initiative, to be rolled out as a direct cash transfer programme, will be given out monthly to two million of the poorest households.

The ODM leader called it the “biggest social welfare programme in Africa”.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi equally poured scorn on the plan as unsustainable, casting doubts on how it would be funded.

“Donors will not come in to fund such a programme. Where are you going to get this extra money that is supposedly free?” asked Mudavadi during an interview on Wednesday.

Mudavadi, a former Finance Minister, accused Raila, who is readying for a fifth run for the presidency, of playing to the gallery.

“So what happens to the taxes we collect, they go towards repaying the public debt, those taxes are supposed to repay salaries and those taxes are supposed to provide money for operations and maintenance. So where are you going to get this extra money that is supposedly free?” he posed.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has also dismissed Raila plan saying such tokens will not provide long term solution to eradicate poverty.

“In Mt Kenya people don’t believe in being given money for free, tell them the truth that even that money will be from taxes,” he said yesterday at ACK Kongoini church in Kiharu.

Muturi said what Kenyans need is sound economic policies rather than a culture of handouts which would create poverty rather than eradicate it.

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