DP Ruto calls on development partners, well-wishers to offer assistance
Deputy President William Ruto has urged well-wishers and development partners to step forward and support the Government in mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak.
He said the pandemic had disrupted businesses, resulting to job cuts.
The DP said even though the Government had come up with a Sh57 billion stimulus package to cushion the economy from the crisis, more needed to be done.
“In addition to Government aid, every Kenyan has an opportunity to help those affected because we cannot reach out to everyone,” he noted.
Ruto spoke on Thursday at his Karen residence where he launched an empowerment programme targeting 5,000 youth living in Nairobi’s informal settlement.
He said the Government would do the heavy lifting “but that does not stop churches, mosques, community-based organisations, civil society outfits, development partners and well-wishers from helping the vulnerable”.
He said the youth empowerment programme was part of the efforts by the Government and other well-wishers “to ensure we pull our citizens out of hardship that has been precipitated by corona virus”.
The DP said the most affected groups during the pandemic were those in micro and small enterprises who are set to benefit from the stimulus programme.
Ruto said the Government would employ 10,000 youth in major towns under the Kazi Mtaani Programme to ensure they have incomes.