Don't fall for false promises ahead of elections, youth told

Governor Hassan Joho (R) with ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru (centre) at Swahili Pot, Mombasa County. [Omondi Onyango, Standard]

A Cabinet secretary has warned youth against falling prey to leaders who want to use them to ascend to power by giving them false hope.

Information and Communication Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru equated the leaders with colonialists who used the Bible and the gun to take away African’s wealth. 

“They grabbed land by creating fear that it was only the meek, weak, and poor who will go to heaven.”

Mucheru said the youth should be wary of leaders who want to use them by promising them what is not workable.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who accompanied the Cabinet secretary dismissed the bottom-up economic model backed by Deputy President William Ruto as an idea meant to confuse the youth.

The two leaders were speaking at Swahili Pot in Mombasa County during a youth meeting on Sunday.

The Cabinet secretary claimed Kenyans were being cheated a second time as the campaigns for the 2022 General Election enter the homestretch, noting the poor masses could easily be cheated through false promises from politicians.

Governor Joho insisted Kenyans were not consulted about the bottom-up economic model for them to interrogate it “before it was pushed down their throats”.