Deputy President William Ruto has said the Government is working with stakeholders to streamline policies on micro, small and medium-sized businesses.
He said it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure policies support every sector of the economy in the country.
Ruto noted that small businesses were as important as the big ones in growing the country’s economy.
“We are working with leaders from sectors in the lower level to ensure they influence Government policies to support their businesses,” he said Thursday at his Karen residence, during an empowerment programme for Nairobi County youth and women groups.
He was accompanied by MPs George Theuri (Embakasi West), Benjamin Gathiru (Embakasi Central), Nixon Korir (Lang’ata) and Nominated Senator Milicent Omanga.
He called for the formalisation of the informal business sector to create more opportunities for those involved and earn Government more taxes.
He said small and informal businesses have created job opportunities for many Kenyans and have the potential to create even more jobs.
Ruto further asked youth to embrace small businesses assuring them of Government support.
Dr Ruto urged Kenyans of goodwill to step forward and support those whose income had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing that Government programmes might not reach everyone.
He seems to have trained his focus on religious leaders and the youth ahead of the 2022 elections.
In just over two weeks, Dr Ruto has hosted eight religious delegations at his official residence in Karen as well as his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County.
He has hosted more than 60 youth groups and given them equipment valued at millions of shillings to help them in their business endeavours in the same period.
Dr Ruto, a self-confessed “investor in heaven”, has often used pulpits to make important pronouncements, with the scenario likely to continue since the ban on political gatherings still stands.
For those who are therefore keen on reaching out to the Deputy President for support, there are a few things you must be able to achieve.
- Have a solid business already running and helping support your family and those around you. You must have some evidence of the business’s existence before approaching DP Ruto’s handlers and must strictly be looking for resources to expand and not to set up.
- Own a start-up and preferably it be that you lost your well paying job during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Own a number of innovations which could change lives enmasse. You will have an upper hand if you are from a low end estate in Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, Muranga, Kiambu, Nakuru, Kericho, Migori, Siaya or Kericho.
- Own a store or a workshop providing artisan services. Show that you can employ those with technical skills especially those from TVET institutions.
- Be in the laugh industry or music but with quite a huge following. Youll only need to approach him with a proposal to set up a private studio for the less fortunate or be in his campaign team for 2022 and earn some money each month.