ODM leader Raila Odinga unveils 17-point youth agenda

ODM leader Raila Odinga has unveiled a raft of proposed measures which he says will uplift the country’s youth.

This 17-point agenda borrows heavily from the youth agenda proposals that have been shot down in the BBI. It looks towards creating real opportunities for the young people. Odinga believes, the youth can bring limitless opportunities to the country if trained and provided with opportunities.

His proposals include, among others;

-Creating a tax holiday for new and small youth-owned enterprises.

-Creating youth commission to keep youth policies and Programmes on the agenda and review procurement laws known as AGPO to give the youth a better fighting chance in winning government tenders.

– Redesigning, revamping and relaunching access to government procurement opportunites.

-Activating youth designate internet spots with free internet. In addition to this, push for creation for a youth ministry docket.

Raila says he is determined to help the youth start and further their businesses, as well tap into markets like the ICT industry.

He adds ” … when the youth make 75% of our population, it beats logic to have an institution that is meant to help them be placed at the national treasury under a small toothless secretariat. AGPO belongs in the ministry of youth affairs.”

With the help of the national government and private sector, roll out a 10,000 per year Kenya National Youth Internship Programme (KNIP)

This comes as many people have been rendered jobless as the Covid-19 pandemic hit harder.

Meanwhile, Raila Odinga is expected to declare his presidential bid in the coming month of October. Though the particular date has not been disclosed, it is preempted to come after his ongoing regional consultations known as Azimio la Umoja.

Currently all the three regional consultations in Homa Bay, Kakamega and Kajiado have seen delegates resolve to back Raila for president.

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