President William Ruto Tuesday declared that more than 40,000 youths are poised to secure employment within the affordable housing project in Uasin Gishu County. The Head of State reiterated the commitment of his Kenya Kwanza-led government to implement its pre-election manifesto, aiming to benefit millions of Kenyans.
During the groundbreaking ceremony for 10,000 housing units at Kidiwa, Railways City, and Pioneer estates, President Ruto, accompanied by leaders including Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, outlined the significant steps in the initiative.
Over 2,000 tenants in the affected residential estate were recently evicted by county law enforcement officers, supported by the administration and regular police officers, to facilitate the housing program.
President Ruto also presided over the construction of a cutting-edge, 4,000-capacity market in Eldoret town, with an estimated cost of 1.5 billion shillings. The multi-storey market, standing at 8 feet, is anticipated to offer a conducive environment for traders from the North Rift region and other parts of the country. The market will feature an underground parking lot and a cooling and packing facility for fresh agricultural produce.
Highlighting the significance of skilled workers in the housing program, President Ruto mentioned the involvement of engineers, architects, plumbers, masons, and carpenters. He criticized certain unnamed judicial officials, accusing them of conspiring with corrupt cartels to obstruct flagship projects. President Ruto urged the judiciary to prioritize the interests of millions of job-seeking Kenyans.
Expressing concern about the country lagging behind in key development projects due to a lack of leadership and policies, President Ruto vowed to change the trend. He regretted the judiciary and litigants attempting to undermine the government’s progress, especially in providing employment opportunities for millions of youths.
President Ruto shared that 600 youths have already been employed at Kidiwa’s phase one construction site, with plans to increase the number to 1,500 in the next two months. Asserting his commitment to fulfilling promises made during the campaign period, he emphasized that he will not be swayed by individuals using the courts to impede the construction of affordable housing projects aimed at creating jobs for the country’s youth.