Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo sent a heartfelt appeal to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga after an unpleasant encounter with youth in the Nyanza region.
In a video that he shared online on Sunday, March 8, the flamboyant politician urged Raila to ensure that youth employment and means to end poverty countrywide was well covered in the Building Bridges Initiative proposal.
While addressing the former premier directly, Kabogo disclosed that while he was leaving a hotel in Ugenya, Siaya County, some youth ran towards him and demanded handouts, an incident he claimed signaled the dire situation of unemployment in Kenya.
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo arrives for the BBI rally in Meru on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
“There is one common denominator Hon. Raila, poverty and lack of employment for the youth are all over Kenya.
“I stopped by for a cup of tea and while I was leaving the hotel, heading towards my car, some youth asked me to give them handouts because there are no jobs,” he told kenyagist.com.
“You should pay close attention to the BBI project to ensure that Kenyan youth secure employment to better their lives,” he added.
The team tasked with creating initial BBI proposals document intimated that the youth had been represented in it more than ever with a mouthwatering deal to boost business started by the youth.
The document has proposed a seven-year tax holiday on all companies started by the youth in an effort to boost employment.
“Increase employment by making it easier for small businesses to compete and grow and grow at low cost and with minimal constraints.
“Minimise taxation of new and small businesses by giving them a tax holiday of at least seven years as a support to youth entrepreneurship and job creation,” reads a section of the proposal.
The document also discloses a plan to encourage the private sector to form a national, non-profit foundation, chaired by the president that provides mentoring, training to aspiring business owners aged between 18 and 35 years.
The foundation would also be tasked with providing work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy training using classroom volunteers in schools from age 12 until graduation.
The state also intends to have a desk at all Huduma centers with a business expert to help young people form businesses.
During his address, Kabogo categorically pointed out that some politicians like Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Wiper Party counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka getting positions after BBI implementation would not be beneficial to the youth.
“The benefits of the partnership should trickle down to regular Kenyans,” he noted.