Government not responsible for high cost of living, Oguna says

Government Spokesperson Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna has urged politicians to stop blaming the Government for the high cost of living.

Oguna said there are many factors that have led to the upsurge in the prices of essential commodities which are not under the government’s control.

“The cost of living is affecting everybody but should not be blamed the President as he is not responsible. What is happening today has been caused by other factors including prolonged drought and locust invasion in some parts of the country,” He said.

He said the two have contributed to poor harvests and low yields therefore affecting the availability of commodities.

“Covid-19 has also contributed in such a way that we lost jobs and revenue, while companies closed down and the tourism industry was adversely affected and hasn’t recovered fully. This in turn affected the value of our currency,” He added.

Col Oguna said the war between Ukraine and Russia who supply Kenya with commodities like wheat and crude oil, has further contributed to the situation by creating a shortage in their supply.

Oguna spoke on Wednesday during a youth empowerment forum in Homa Bay town to enlighten them on the countrywide government empowerment programmes and funding.

“The government has availed a lot of programmes to empower the youth but unfortunately they shun them for handouts from politicians. Programmes like the National Government Internship programme for youths who are out of the university, Ajira digital program, Uwezo funds among others are meant to empower you economically,” Oguna said.

He encouraged the youths to take advantage of Technical and Vocational Education Training Institutions (TVETs) saying that the government has introduced a Ksh 30,000 capitation funds meant to cater for more than half of the TVETs fee requirement to help even the less fortunate to get trained.

“There is hope for everyone, TVETs are technically free and are there to fill the gap for those who do not qualify to join university. On top of the capitation fund, we have HELB loans from the government to cover for the remaining fee when one is unable to top up on the Ksh 30,000 capitation,” he said.

Oguna regretted that most youths have the wrong perception that TVETs are for failures and that they tend to shun these institutions.

“The government has empowered these institutions to give more advanced programmes than before. TVETs have the ability to make you a better plumber and a mechanic for that matter,” he said.

On the coming election, the spokesperson asked the youths to uphold peace before, during and after the polls and added that they should not be used as tools by politicians to create havoc and unrest in the county.

“Do not elect leaders because handouts. Vote on the basis of one’s agenda which will benefit you as a youth. Listen to them and let them convince you with their agenda and not the handouts,” he advised.

The Spokesperson was accompanied by Homa Bay Deputy County Commissioner Jude Wasonga and County Director for Youth, Elector Opar.


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