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Uhuru pokes holes in Ruto’s Wheelbarrow empowerment

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken a swipe at his Deputy President William Ruto’s Wheelbarrow youth empowerment.

Instead, President Kenyatta said the Kenyan youth need jobs and not wheelbarrows.

Speaking at the Sagana State Lodge when he hosted Mt. Kenya region youth leaders on Sunday, President Kenyatta 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,” said President Kenyatta.

He challenged his second in command to ensure government funds are chanelled for the intended programs at the grassroots.

 “If you are truly intentional about helping the youth, how about you ensure that funds from the government actually get to the ground?” he posed.

On the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) President Kenyatta poured cold water on his critics for rejecting the BBI on the premise that it was being pushed by opposition 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?, posed Uhuru.

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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