President William Ruto led Kenyans in marking the 60th Madaraka Day held at Moi Stadium in Embu County where he used the opportunity to push several agenda for his Kenya Kwanza government.
Top on his list was the affordable housing program that he took a substantial amount of his speech defending it and justifying it to Kenyans.
The head of state insisted that the housing program is viable for this country because it will turn around the economy of the country and also create job opportunities for youths in millions if it is supported and emerges successful.
“We have over five million youths loitering in the streets, in the villages and all over without jobs and the government has a plan to create at least a million jobs every year for these youths through this program and that is why I call on Kenyans to support it,” he said.
The Head of State noted that many Kenyans are posing questions as to how it is their business to contribute to a fund that will benefit other people and why should a government drive such an initiative adding that slowly and progressively, they are answering those questions of how and why and eventually all the questions will be answered.
He further challenged Kenyans to emulate the freedom fighters who fought for the liberation of this country from the chains of the colonizers without asking how it was their business to fight for the country and that is why Kenyans of today should also come out to fight and support the millions of jobless young men and women to get jobs through the housing program and other government initiatives.
“If our freedom fighters who fought to liberate this country stopped fighting and asked how it was their business to fight for the country then we could still be in the hands of the colonizers. Therefore it is now our opportunity just like tjose freedom fightters who fought without asking many questions to liberate the country, let’s also fight for the many jobless youths to also get jobs,” he added.
Hustler’s Fund Phase Two Launched
In the same breath president Ruto launched the second phase of the hustler’s fund whereby borrowers can borrow through groups by getting loans ranging from Kshs 20,000 to one million shillings.
“Today from here in Embu we are launching the second phase of hustler’s fund whereby borrowers through groups can now borrow from Kshs 20,000 to Kshs 1,000,000,” said the head of state.
He pointed out how the hustler’s fund since its inception has transformed lives of millions of Kenyans who had earlier on been incapacitated by other lenders who took captive of them whenever they defaulted in payments with many of them being listed in the credit reference bureau famously known as CRB.
New Hope for Boda Boda Riders
At the same time the president arrived in Embu with a new ray of hope for boda boda riders in the country whereby he revealed a government plan to unveil a new breed of motorbikes that do not use petrol but instead use electricity hence making them cheap and affordable for many riders who are currently indebted to lenders or paying loans that they used to acquire their motor cycles.
He added that the new model of motor bikes will be unveiled by the government by the month of September.
Called on Kenyans to Support His Administration
President Ruto who was accompanied by Comoros Island president Azali Assoumani among other dignitaries from within the country and from other countries urged Kenyan leaders from the government side and the opposition to support government programs especially the housing program for the economic transformation of the country.
Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua and Embu governor Cecily Mbarire assured president Ruto of the unqualified support of millions of Kenyans who are happy with his economic transformation trajectory and urged him to ignore those who are downplaying his government’s achievements.
Among those who attended the ceremony included Chief Justice Martha Koome, Attorney General Justin Muturi, speaker of the national assembly Moses Wetangula, his senate counterpart Amason Kingi, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, members of the national assembly among many others.