ODM Leader Raila Odinga has urged the national government to look into the current curriculum, saying there is a disconnect between graduates and the job market.
Raila, who was meeting the Buy Kenya Build Kenya team in Nairobi this morning opined that monies are going into waste instead of helping jobless youth, which in turn will lead to economic development.
“The curriculum really needs to be looked at by the government and approved, because you waste money that can better be deployed to help the unemployed,” the ODM chief said.
He avers that if youth, who make up about 75 per cent of the population are properly empowered, they will become a source of wealth creation.
“The problem we have is the mismatch between skills and demand in the market. We have so many young people running around with academic papers,” he said.
Raila is on a culmination of a three-day tour of Central region.
He is expected to meet key business leaders of the Mt Kenya Economic Forum Block today, with a cache of promises ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The Mt Kenya Foundation (MKF) brings together a group of wealthy Central Kenya businessmen, who have in the past influenced elections in successive regimes. The meeting follows a decision by the populous region to back the former premier.
Raila enjoyed a triumphant visit to the Mt Kenya region at the weekend, seemingly culminating in a tactical backing by four Mt Kenya governors – Ndiritu Muriithi (Laikipia), Nakuru’s Lee Kinyanjui, James Nyoro (Kiambu) and Central Kenya Economic Bloc chairman Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua).
After a meeting with the four governors at a Nanyuki hotel, he left for Nairobi where he made stopovers at Narumoru, Chaka, Karatina, Sagana, Kenol and several others on Thika superhighway terminating at Githurai on the border of Kiambu and Nairobi yesterday.
The former premier is among other presidential hopefuls courting Mt Kenya in recent weeks, in hopes of securing the region’s vote next year.
2022 Campaigns Should Not Derail Service Delivery, Says Alfred Mutua
Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua has urged political leaders not to overindulge in campaigns at the expense of service delivery to the public.
Dr Mutua, who is also a 2022 presidential aspirant, said while it was the right of politicians to hunt for votes ahead of next year’s General Election, Kenyan citizens have equal rights to enjoy services offered by all government agencies.
“I wish to remind all leaders that we have been elected to serve until the next election day,” Mutua said.
The Machakos governor criticised politicians issuing pre-election promises, noting they first have to account for what they have done.
Mutua addressed the public in Tala town yesterday after touring ongoing infrastructure development projects in Kangundo and Matungulu sub counties.
The county government is implementing World Bank-funded projects covering Nguluni, Tala and Kangundo towns which constitute Kangundo/Tala municipality.
Similar programmes are ongoing in Machakos and Mavoko municipalities. They include road works, solar lighting, paving walkways and laying drainage lines.
Mutua defended his development record and urged Ukambani residents to rally behind his bid for presidency.
“The people of Machakos are witness to my development record since I took office in 2013 and I will proudly exit to seek the country’s top seat,” he said.
He reiterated his challenge last week to Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to retire from active politics, saying the former vice-president had served his time.
“We respect Kalonzo for what he has done for the Kamba community and we are telling him it is now time to exit and pave way for younger blood to take over leadership,” he said.
Mutua also toured Kangundo Level 4 Hospital where he inspected the newly constructed Intensive Care Unit Complex which he said will be equipped soon.
‘I Have Forgiven Uhuru For Calling Me A Mad Man’ – Raila Odinga
ODM leader Raila Odinga (pictured) has narrated how he and President Uhuru Kenyatta buried the hatchet to forge a united front.
Speaking at the University of Nairobi where he met youth from Mt Kenya, Raila said he has since forgiven Uhuru for calling him muguruki, Gikuyu for a mad man.
The ODM leader said the President had also forgiven him for referring to him as a drunkard.
Raila was explaining what happened in the aftermath of the 2017 repeat presidential election that he and his team boycotted.
Following the stalemate, Raila and Uhuru, on March 9, 2018, buried their differences in a rapprochement now famously called the Handshake.
The ODM leader said he and Uhuru were locked in two meetings that lasted 13 hours and six hours before they agreed to resolve the issues.
Their motivation, Raila says, was the nationalistic roles played by their fathers and hence their contribution to Kenya’s independence.
Raila said their fathers were so close that Uhuru is like his brother. “We remember where we came from and our sense of nationalism,” he said.
He cautioned Kenyans against viewing each other only by the community they belong to.
“Never again will Kenyans fight after an election,” the ODM leader added.
Raila further added that he is confident next year’s polls will be free and fair.
He said the top contributor to post-election violence is how the polls are conducted.
“IDPs are still in camps since the 2007-08 post-poll chaos.”
Raila said there is a need to address unity in the run-up to the election to avoid violence, which is what the Handshake is premised on.
Raila’s meeting with the Mount Kenya youth comes on the backdrop of politicians wooing the vote-rich bloc ahead of the general election.
The Mount Kenya Foundation (MKF) leaders have announced they will unveil their preferred presidential candidate at a retreat in Limuru.
MKF made the disclosure on October 8 as they fought claims that they had settled on ODM leader Raila Odinga on a day One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principals made a strong pitch for their respective candidature.
The businessmen and politicians challenged the opposition leaders to present a united front in the next poll to avoid splitting votes in what may work in favour of Deputy President William Ruto.