Uhuru: The Kenyan youth need jobs, not wheelbarrows

Uhuru: The Kenyan youth need jobs, not wheelbarrows
President Uhuru Kenyatta waves at a caucus of youth leadership drawn from Central Kenya during a consultative meeting at the Sagana State Lodge on Sunday, January 31. Photo: State House/Twitter

In what appeared to be a direct attack on his deputy, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the Kenyan youth need jobs and not wheelbarrows.

He was speaking at the Sagana State Lodge when he hosted Mt. Kenya region youth leaders on Sunday. 

Uhuru also termed as ill-informed, the decision by “certain leaders” to give handouts to the youth.

“Then you say we know the problem of Kenyan youth, that you want to help them by giving them wheelbarrows, who told you that the youth need wheelbarrows? What they need are jobs; they want to be independent,” Uhuru said

He added: “If you are truly intentional about helping the youth, how about you ensure that funds from the government actually get to the ground?”

At the same time, he poured cold water on quarters rejecting the BBI on the premise that it was being pushed by ODM leader Raila Odinga as his in-road for the 2022 State House race.

“Those who say BBI is for Raila (sic), do you think Raila needs a HELB loan? He is approaching 70 something, is Raila in charge of the Ruiru ward? If Ruiru ward gets more money, does Raila benefit from that? Is this not propaganda?

His sentiments come just days after 41 MPs allied to DP Ruto’s ‘Tanga Tanga’ wing wrote him a letter, boldly declaring: we cannot sell Raila Odinga in our region.

They also accused the president of mismanaging his administration-especially in the second term-leading to dysfunctional governance.

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