MP Robert Mbui: Kenyan youth need to get over their inflated expectations from politicians
Member of Parliament Robert Mbui wants the Kenyan youth to get over what he terms as the inflated expectation of help from politicians.
“The youth need to be told the truth; the future belongs to them, but also the growth and economy of the country are not going to be dependent on them being identified as poor who should be recipients of government funds all the time,” said the MP.
Mbui, who was speaking to Citizen TV on Monday, further claimed politicians are to blame for making promises to the youth during campaign runs over the years thus creating an illusion.
“Over the years the political class has disappointed the youth. There is a lot of talk when the elections are approaching about how much we shall do for them and most times it ends up being nothing,” said Mbui.
“The youth believe politicians are meant to do certain things for them that they don’t,” he added, citing employment opportunities and money to boost youth-driven businesses.
“You don’t pay taxes and you’re expecting that the government will tax other people and give you this money?” Posed Mbui, adding that the youth need to work to grow the economy if they expect support from the government.
“After all, the money that government uses to do any support for anyone comes from taxes,” said Mbui.
The MP additionally called on the youth to come up with their own initiatives, then approach the leaders for the support they require.
“When I was young, I came out of university and knew how to look for a job I had to figure out my life myself. But now you notice a lot of young people when they meet politicians, they ask them ‘what is your agenda for us?’”
“You cannot sit back and expect somebody elected into leadership office to spend time thinking about what to do for you,” he said.