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Ruto: Kenyan youth need jobs not 'handouts'

Ruto said leaders should join hands and pursue the priorities of Kenyans.

In Summary

•Speaking on Friday Ruto reiterated that the model is about creating job opportunities for the youth.

•"The Bottom-Up Economic Development Model is about the ordinary people, their aspirations and their micro-enterprises. It is about leaders joining hands and pursuing the priorities of wananchi," Ruto said.

Deputy President William Ruto.
Deputy President William Ruto.
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Deputy President William Ruto is currently touring the Coast region where he has championed his bottom- up economic model.

Speaking on Friday Ruto reiterated that the model is about creating job opportunities for the youth.

"The Bottom-Up Economic Development Model is about the ordinary people, their aspirations and their micro-enterprises. It is about leaders joining hands and pursuing the priorities of wananchi," Ruto said.

"Through this revolutionary plan, we will liberate the underprivileged, unite and transform our country."

In what appeared to be directed at ODM party Raila Odinga Ruto said Kenyan youth are in need of jobs and not 'handouts'.

"Hawa vijana hawataki 'handouts' wanataka kazi. Washindani wetu wanataka wabadilishe katiba wagawane vyeo," Ruto said.

(These youth don't need 'handouts' they want jobs . Our opponents want to amend the constitution to get political positions."

Raila has promised Sh6,000 monthly stipend if elected president, calling it the “biggest social welfare programme in Africa”.

Raila on Wednesday 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.

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

In a meeting with aspirants on Wednesday, Ruto said the trickle-down concept would only benefit a few people.

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?” he asked.

But Raila team holds that the more people have disposable income, the higher their purchasing power.

"When you give more money, you are creating a demand-driven economy,” Mbadi said.

He added that when everybody will be buying manufactured goods and other products, they will generate more taxes, hence create more jobs.