Former Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke on Wednesday got more than he bargained for after offering unsolicited advice on how he would have used Sh4.5 billion MCAs got in car grants.
In his post on Twitter in reaction to the grants awarded on Tuesday, Mueke said he would give 450,000 youth Sh10,000 each in seed money to start a small business if he controlled the cash.
“If I controlled Sh4.5bn taxpayers money, I would give 450,000 youth Sh10,000 each seed money to start a small business. In a few years at least 100,000 of these businesses will have grown, employed other youth & be paying taxes back to government,” he posted.
If I controlled Sh4.5bn taxpayers money, I would give 450,000 youth Sh10,000 each seed money to start a small business. In a few years at least 100,000 of these businesses will have grown, employed other youth & be paying taxes back to government. https://t.co/HL09gRKL34— Jonathan Mueke (@jmueke) February 9, 2021
However, the youth on social media were not amused and fact-checked him by educating him on the current economic situation in Kenya and reality of just what Sh10,000 can do or not do.
Here are some of the sentiments:
I would construct at least 3 dams in every county n invest the rest, that will not only alleviate basic human needs, but also create jobs n preserve environment. B4 that youth creates a business govt bribing would have cost him/her three quarter— pearlkid (@Cmwaniki101) February 10, 2021
How many youths did you empower when you were Deputy Governor of Nairobi county?Or you mean by that time there were no jobless youths in Nairobi county?— Nelson Kabando (@nellobando) February 9, 2021
When u were Nairobi County Deputy Governor how much did u allocate for the youth usitupime akili I tried reaching u to assist our youth group but u turned us away ukaleta stori mingi peleka upuzi mbali usitupime akili wewe!!— Lucky Mudhai (@MudhaiLucky) February 10, 2021
10,000 to start which business in Kenya right now ? Hiyo hata license ya kanjo where you were working will not cater for it.— Hussein Yusuf (@Hidhow) February 9, 2021
If serious of what you tweeting you could have been on the forefront to reduce NCC fees and opening up of more business places when worked as deputy but tweet us what exactly did you champion.we can then talk about 10k.— jeff (@jefmantle) February 10, 2021
Mueke served under former Governor Evans Kideroand the duo has been widely faulted by the youth in the capital city for doing little to uplift their lives and livelihoods ro to even make licensing easier and cheaper for them to conduct their small businesses.
His remarks come a day after the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) approved Sh4.5 billion as car grants for Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) following a promise made by President Uhuru Kenyatta in exchange for them passing the BBI Bill.