Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago has outlined his five year program which ensures economic empowerment for the youths, women and people living with disabilities among other marginalized groups.
Mandago, who spoke in Eldoret over the weekend, said he had the plight of the marginalized groups as one of his re-election pledge, saying it was then honorable to fulfill his promise, not only for his legacy’s sake but also for the upward mobility of the said groups.
The Governor said the groups may have had no access to formal occupations, not because they were not educated but that openings in the formal sector were scarce.
He said what the contemporary populace needed was not jobs but capacity to innovators so that they create jobs.
The county boss said his government has created a fund for the youth and other marginalized individuals to borrow from and repay at a five percent per annum interest rate.
It is not lack of ideas and knowledge that has bedeviled the minorities in so far as economic empowerment is concerned. It is the lack of capital to initiate projects, he said.
Mandago said conventional financial establishments have closed doors to many due to many credit security requirements often not met by ordinary wananchi.
We will also ensure that we grant these people not only 30 percent of the County Government tenders as required by procurement laws, but also seek to extend the rate up to 50 per cent by the year 2020, he said.
Governor Mandago said his government will ensure that improving peoples’ livelihoods is prioritized so that poverty levels in the county are reduced.
Source: Kenya News Agency