November 22nd 2017

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Raila says why companies are collapsing, promises to fix the economy

The hardships that companies like Uchumi and Nakumatt are going through affect thousands of suppliers from all sectors, small businesses and individual employees. They must be addressed and not wished away,” Mr Odinga said.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 18 Jul 2017 19:12 EAT

From (L-R) Senator Muthama, Dr Evans Kidero, NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga with Kibra MP Ken Okoth during today's NASA rally at Nairobi Kibra Constituency.

NASA has today put out its plan to steady the economy and ensure it works particularly for the youth and women and make life affordable to all Kenyans, should it form the next government.

Presidential candidate Raila Odinga faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s stewardship of the economy, accusing him of presiding over an economic program that only worked for elites in government, friends and family members while shutting out majority of Kenyans.

“Kenyans need help and they need it now. Young people are graduating from colleges and finding no jobs. Those in informal sectors like mitumba business are finding themselves bogged down by ever rising taxes and corruption. Those in employment do not know whether the firms they are working for will be there next month or next year because many are relocating or shutting down and the President does not think he needs to do something,” Mr Odinga said earlier today.

He declared the August elections must be a referendum on the performance of Kenya’s economy under Jubilee. “The question we must ask ourselves in this election is whether life has gotten better or worse for a majority of our citizens in the last four years,” Mr Odinga said at a rally in Kibra.

Mr Odinga said his immediate focus on assuming office will be on creating jobs and easing the burden families feel in with regard to affording basics like flour, milk, bread, sugar, bus fare and house rent and supporting small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat.

NASA, Mr Odinga said, will also crackdown on corruption that is the root cause of the country’s economic woes.

“Corruption hurts the Kenyan people every day. The money stolen from government projects could be used to employ Kenyans instead. Where there is one road worker there could be two or three. And we could pave not one kilometre of road but two or three,” Mr Odinga explained

He also pledged to support struggling corporations to ensure they continue providing employment to Kenyans and supporting families.

The hardships that companies like Uchumi and Nakumatt are going through affect thousands of suppliers from all sectors, small businesses and individual employees. They must be addressed and not wished away,” Mr Odinga said.

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