MP Jhanda endorses Ruto-youth dialogue

The Nyaribari Chache legislator says the country can achieve much through peace.

In Summary
  • Violence and destruction, Jhanda said, would not provide a remedy to problems afflicting society at the moment.
  • He said long before the protests, the President had already committed to improve the welfare of of the youth in the country.
Nyaribari Chache Mp Zaheer Jhanda speaking to constituents at Kirera in his constituency on Sunday July 1st,2024 (IMAGE BY MAGATI OBEBO)
Nyaribari Chache Mp Zaheer Jhanda speaking to constituents at Kirera in his constituency on Sunday July 1st,2024 (IMAGE BY MAGATI OBEBO)

Nyaribari Chache MP Zaheer Jhanda has supported planned dialogue between President William Ruto and the youth as part of the efforts aimed at ending the standoff generated by the controversial Finance Bill, 2024.

Violence and destruction, Jhanda said, would not provide a remedy to problems afflicting society at the moment.

"If you ask me how I feel about it, I would say this is a good gesture. The youth constitute a key bloc that supported Ruto and thus they must feel part of his government," stated Jhanda.

He said long before the protests, the President had already committed to improve the welfare of of the youth in the country.

"This is why having conversations with them is pivotal. He has already made it clear we cannot solve our problems by destroying what we already have We have rich treasures and a national heritage to preserve," Jhanda told journalists.

The UDA legislator spoke Sunday afternoon during the meet-the-people tours.

He donated foodstuff and mattresses to the needy in the Ibeno and Kerera areas.

At Kerera, Jhanda also handed a cheque to help in the construction of the secondary school laboratory.

More funds would be injected into improving infrastructure at schools' boarding section, he said.

Speaking about unemployment, Jhanda said at least 800 youth from the constituency would be flying out to the Middle East where he has procured opportunities for them.

The first batch of 16 had since reported to Qatar.

He said unemployment continues to remain a critical challenge in the country and thus the need for more innovative methods to address it including exporting labour.

"Even as we do this we must encourage the youth to take advantage of the bursaries we are giving to study and advance themselves," the MP told a crowd at Kirera.

On roads, the MP said he was fully committed to improving the road network in the area after heavy rains destroyed much of it.

Among the roads to be earmarked are Riariga-Nyaguta road and Amariba-Nyabisabo, a 26-kilometre stretch.

Works at the Amariba would start in July.

Nyanturago-Matierio Road will also be tarmacked soon.

Other roads include Nyabiuto, the MP said.

"People are making some noise saying I have run away but are always out there looking for money to do development," he said.

The MP said the rural electrification program was also on adding that more households would be connected to the national power grid soon.

On the water, Jhanda said piping would be done to various households in the constituency soon after the national government provided funds for piping.

"Already Sh 300m has been dispatched to the County government which will oversee the implementation of the program," the legislator said.

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