Azimio La Umoja Leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, December 7, officially started his nationwide consultative meetings at Kamkunji Grounds in Kibra.
Kenya’s president William Ruto on Wednesday, November 30, launched phase one of the KSh 50 billion hustler fund to protect Kenyans from unscrupulous lenders.
However, addressing his supporters, Raila who was accompanied by former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya took on President William Ruto over the recently launched hustler fund.
The former Prime Minister said the KSh 500 hustler fund loan was too little to help Kenyans start up various businesses across the country.
He said the Azimio la Umoja had promised KSh 6000 social protection fund and that what President Ruto is giving out as a hustler fund is part of Raila’s social welfare fund.
“What business can you start with KSh 500? We promised KSh 6,000, what he has given you is a deposit of that KSh 6000. Take it and don’t say thanks. It is public property,” Raila said.
During the meeting dubbed ‘Kamkunji Declaration Raila’s political wing criticized the Kenya Kwanza regime saying it had failed to fulfill its 2022 election campaign pledges to Kenyans.
Leader of the Minority in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi read out what he termed as ‘The Kamukunji Declaration’.
In the declaration, Opiyo outlined a nine-point agenda that the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party brigade will push, in what appeared to be an anti-Ruto agenda.
The high cost of living, the ouster of the four besieged IEBC commissioners, as well as the recent reintroduction of high school fees, were among the issues the opposition wing wants the Ruto-led regime to address.
Earlier on, Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna had last week encouraged Kenyans not to fear going for the hustler loan.
The ODM senator said the scheme launched by the president had no legal recourse for the government of the day to go for the defaulters.
“I encourage Kenyans to take the hustler fund money because there is no legal recourse for the government to come after them because of not paying back,” Sifuna said.