Kenya: Ruto not isolated by Uhuru – Mombasa youth


By John Karisa


In Summary

  • Uhuru appointed Interior CS Fred Matiang’i the overall supervisor of government projects.
  • Matiang’i will be reporting directly to Uhuru under the new structure.
  • Pundits say the new roles given to Matiang’i points to a scheme to edge DP Ruto out of centre of power.

The appointment of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I to the post of chairman of the National Development Implementation and Communication should not be seen as a political ploy by President Kenyatta to clip his deputy William Ruto, a Mombasa youth group has said.

The youth claim Uhuru was right to appoint Matiang’i since the CS has a good performance track record.

“The nation is embracing the handshake and therefore those who have political ambitions should wait until 2022.

“Matiangi’s appointment should not be seen as political move to block Ruto. It is time to deliver for electorates and not politics,” said Moses Aran, Mombasa county youth leader.

Their sentiments come in the wake of heated debate that Uhuru had eclipsed Ruto from the seat of power and isolated him.

While addressing the media at Uhuru Gardens, the youths threw their weight behind Matiang’i claiming he has the potential to deliver in his new appointment.

“We all believe in our president so whatever he did we support him fully. We applaud the president for his new move because Matiang’i has proven that he is able to deliver. Let’s work together regardless of our political affiliations,” added Miraj Abdalla, women youth rep in Mombasa.

Matiang’i will now be chairing meetings that bring together all Cabinet secretaries, the Attorney-General and the Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua.

The president’s move, however, drew mixed reactions from a cross section of leaders with some of DP allies saying it could be a move to undermine him.

The president delegated the powers to Matiang’i in an Executive Order that for the first time hands a CS an expansive responsibility to chair and coordinate government development programmes and projects.

The youth from different political affiliations unanimously vowed to work together as they called on leaders within Mombasa county to embrace the handshake deal for the common good of the county regardless of the political affiliations.

“Divisive politics is shunning our youth behind and that is what we should codemn, as youth we should be united to ensure that we take up leadership of the country,” added Abubakar Swabir.


Source Tuko


Kenya President Kenyatta Lauds Youth for Looking Beyond Tribe to Intermarry


By Editor


President Uhuru Kenyatta said the future of Kenya where there is no tribalism is being moulded by its youth who are rejecting the ways of the older generations.

The President spoke at the wedding of the daughter of Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Makena Murungi and James Bukusi held at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi County.

“We celebrate the coming together of our people. This generation is doing a tremendous thing because they do not see barriers amongst them. They see the person they went to school with and the person they work with. That is whom they respect. That is who they fall in love with and marry,” said the President.

The President and Deputy President William Ruto said Kenyans should celebrate their different cultures instead of seeing them as barriers to their friendship and unity.

Kenyatta praised young Kenyans who respect and tolerate those they study or work without any influence of ethnic prejudices.

He said Kenya will become more secure and prosperous when Kenyans start accepting each other without using tribe or religion as a guide.

“That is the Kenya we are looking for. A Kenya where we have respect for one another, where we cherish our different cultures,” said the President.

He encouraged the youth to be the foundation for a better future for the nation as he wished the newlyweds a happy and blessed union.

Deputy President Ruto said the marriage of James and Makena was an indication of the positive attitudes of Kenya’s youth.

He said Kenyan youth are going beyond tribal boundaries to set ground for a stronger nation.

The DP said the marriage of Makena Murungi to James Bukusi, whose parents originate from Busia County, was a step in the right direction as it is helping to build bridges between Kenyan communities.

“You are assisting the President in building bridges,” said the DP. He said every Kenyan must take deliberate steps to go beyond ethnic boundaries, faiths and political parties to create a more harmonious nation.

DP Ruto said young Kenyans of marriage age should be encouraged to settle down saying that the family is the foundation of any society.

“The foundation of a nation is the family and we have come to celebrate your marriage,” the Deputy President counselled.


Source Capital FM


Kenya allocates $292m towards youth economic empowerment

By APA News

The Kenyan government has set aside 30 billion shillings($292million) for vocational training and skills development aimed at empowering Kenyan youth with relevant skills to enable them engage in entrepreneurial activities.Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that for the country to achieve its development objectives there is need for a critical pool of human resources with appropriate technical skills.

“It is in this context that my government is laying heavy emphasis on vocational training. We have set aside Shs 30 billion for this purpose in the next three years under the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs), NYS, and Polytechnics,” said President Kenyatta.

Kenyatta said he is committed to run a government that creates a business environment where all Kenyans have equal opportunity to participate in nation building without any hindrance.

He said the government has fashioned a number of programmes intended to empower the youth, women and persons with disabilities to enable them engage in business and other gainful activities.

“These programmes include reservation of thirty per cent of all government procurement opportunities for women, youth and persons with disabilities, devolution of some services and functions to counties, and increased resource allocation to the devolved units,” said Kenyatta.

He said through these initiatives, the number of persons engaged in productive economic activities rose by 5.6 percent from 16 million in 2016 to 16.9 million in 2017.

He pointed out that the new jobs, a majority emanating from the self-employment, are attributable to start-ups by women and the youth who are able to accessing low cost credit from Government programmes such as the Uwezo fund and other initiatives.

Kenyatta said the government is collaborating with the private sector under the ‘Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project’ to provide internships to support youth to acquire the prerequisite experience that employers and businesses require.

Source – Journal du Cameroun