Kenya’s President William Ruto rewarded all Kenyans who attended the 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations held at Nyayo Stadium with scholarships worth KSh 100,000.
The President on Monday, December 12, announced that everyone present in the stadium would get a scholarship on Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.
“It is now time to keep the promise. There is a QR Code near you. Scan and access the scholarship now. A 16-unit course that would have cost you Sh100,000, is now accessible to you for free, courtesy of the Innovation Jamhuri,” President Ruto said.
As such, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei congratulated the Head of State for not only keeping his promise but also negotiating free scholarships for over 20,000 hustlers.
In a statement on Tuesday, December 13, Cherargei, a close ally of the president said the move would help hustlers connect with tech companies across the globe, a move he said is in line with Kenya Kwanza’s manifesto of creating employment opportunities.
“Thank you Ruto for ensuring all Kenyans who attended Jamhuri Day celebrations got scholarships from the University of Arizona majority being hustlers and youth who shall use tech companies’ partnership to get more opportunities,” Cherargei said in a Tweet.
Kivumbi.co.ke has however established that some of the hustlers who attended the Jamhuri Day celebrations failed to secure the sixteen-module course sought to suit entrepreneurs and innovators.
This was after it emerged that not all the attendees of the national event had smartphones to scan the Quick Response (QR) code.
“I would love to know where these scholarships are being accessed, we heard it on television but I have not seen it,” a disgruntled Kenyan quipped.
“I have heard about the course but I have difficulty accessing it,” another complained.