Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party leaders have encouraged Kenyans to take the Hustlers Fund loan but not pay back saying the money belongs to them.
Speaking to Azimio supporters on Wednesday during a rally at Kamukunji grounds, the leaders led by ODM leader Raila Odinga, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and several others poked holes into the source of money diverted for use in the Hustler Fund programme, while defiantly urging his supporters who have subscribed to the loaning scheme to default on their repayments.
In a thinly-veiled criticism of the President William Ruto administration’s flagship initiative, Mr. Odinga compared the Hustler Fund to the Ksh.6,000 social protection fund he – himself – had promised Kenyans during the electioneering period. “Hii Hustler Fund ati unapewa shilingi mia tano, hiyo unaweza kuanzisha biashara gani? Alafu ati ulipe baada ya siku kumi na nne…sisi tulisema nguruwe sita. Mjue hii mnapewa ni deposit ya zile nguruwe sita,” he said.
“Wakitoa, chukua, lakini hapana sema asanti maanake ni mali yenu. Mwambie kesho pia nitarudi. Hio ni mali ya umma ambayo jamaa wameiba.” Politicians who graced the event also took to the podium to pour cold water on the initiative citing its alleged opaqueness.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka questioned the source of the Ksh.50 billion said to have been disbursed for the program, claiming that the money had no legal framework nor was it allocated in the budget. He thus advised the youth against repaying the money as he called on the government to shed light on the sources of funding for the initiative.
“As experienced leaders in this nation, even though vijana mnasema hamtalipa Hustler Funds, wacheni niwaambie mbona hamtalipa. Hustler Funds has no legal framework, haijapelekwa kwa Bunge. Mnajua sheria za Bunge, you have to get an appropriation, hiyo haijafanyiwa,” he said.
“Kenya Kwanza mna jukumu la kueleza dunia nzima…hii Ksh.50 billion tunataka tujue inatoka wapi, Treasury haijaidhinisha. You have a duty to explain the source of the money.”