Bunge la Mwananchi shocked by Ruto’s move to abolish Kazi Mtaani
President William Ruto’s move to halt the Kazi Mtaani program has elicited various reactions.
Bunge la Mwanachi spokesperson Calvince Okoth, in an interview with Nairobi News, said the decision has left thousands of youth jobless.
Okoth also accused the Head of State of not fulfilling the promises he made to Kenyans during the campaign period.
The promises include lowering the price of maize flour, which is commonly referred to as Unga.
“The President told us during the campaign period he had a quick solution towards reducing the price of Unga. Now he has turned around and said he needs more time,” said Okoth.
President Ruto recently said he requires one year to reduce the price of Unga. The Head of State had suggested during the campaigns that 100 days will be enough.
Okoth also said Kenyans were struggling to put food on the table owing to the high cost of living.
He also wondered why President Ruto would abolish Kazi Mtaani, which had employed close to 100,000 youth.
“It is unfortunate our youths who depended on the project are now left jobless. Now the president is telling our vulnerable youths to go for mjengo (construction work).”
The Kazi Mtaani Program was initiated by former president Uhuru Kenyatta and launched in April 2020 as a local economic recovery initiative and a form of social protection mechanism designed to cushion the youth and vulnerable citizens in informal settlements from economic hardships.