University students in Kenya have welcomed the proposed Building Bridges Initiative report a day and urged Kenyans to exercise caution from political distractors so as to acquire ample time to synthesize the report.
In a statement to the press, through the Kenya Universities student organization KUSO, the students welcomed the report while acknowledging the efforts in making the students voices heard in the National dialogue. “It will be a win to students to have all our recommendations captured in the final report,” the statement read.
KUSO’s President Arch Antony Manyara in his speech, made a special appeal to the political class whose intent is to dilute the contents of the report to align with their campaign antics. “Let leaders avoid seasonal philanthropy and allow Kenyans to be allowed time to read and make informed judgements that envisions an empowered youthful population,” he told Solo
The report, they said, captured prominent youth-elevating recommendations including a four year grace period for repayment of HELB loans, a 7 year tax holiday on start up businesses and establishment of a Youth commission which they said would ensure mainstreaming of the youth perspectives in planning.
KUSO, which is the giant students’ representative body, vowed to take their rightful place during the popularizing and passage of the report in regard to the 2022 elections. “The BBI moment has afforded students and the youth a rare opportunity to be part of a positive change process. Let politicians desist from falsehood and mongering of fake information. Let Kenya read and decide.”