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Gen Z latest demands to President Ruto- 2024 action plan

Jul 14, 2024
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The Youths in Kenya popularly known as Gen Z have come up with a list of new demands to President William Ruto. These new demands are contained in a new document titled: the 2024 Action Plan from Gen Zs on behalf of all Kenyans. Read the full details below.

This document represents the 2024 Action Plan from Gen Zs on behalf of all Kenyans and serves as a guide to monitor the performance of the President of Kenya following his commitment to drive change during the televised roundtable meeting held on 30 June 2024.

The fifty (50) key actions contained herein are a first step towards moving Kenya in the right direction economically, socially and politically. The Gen Zs request a bi-weekly meeting on X Space on the 15th of every month and a televised roundtable discussion on the 30th of every month between now and December 2024 for the President and his cabinet to provide a status update on each of these deliverables.

THEMATIC AREA OF CHANGE AND KEY ACTIONS FOR REFORM SUCCESS INDICATORS
Implement Social and Governance Reforms (Target Completion Date – 31st July 2024)
1.    Fully constitute the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and amend related legislation to require filling of a vacant position in the commission within fourteen (14) days to ensure the IEBC is fully constituted at all times.

2.    Disband and defund the following unconstitutional offices: First Lady, Second Lady, Wife of Prime Cabinet Secretary and formulate policy barring any family member of a public official at national and county level from having a publicly funded expense account.

3.    Drop the Cabinet Administrative Secretaries (CAS) Bill and positions as they are an unnecessary financial burden to the already high civil service wage bill.

4.    Address issues affecting young people e.g., ban the request of government issued documents for job seekers except for a national identification card; drop the replacement ID fee from KES. 1,000 fee to KES. 200; lower the drivers’ license renewal fee by 25% and make all licenses renewable every three years, etc.

5.    Pass law banning the police from using live bullets and excessive force on peaceful protesters.

6.    Introduce legislation to ensure public servants follow the rule of law. A all public servants must obey court orders and failure to do so is an offense punishable by removal from office.

7.    Establish a County Performance Tracker that is published every month in the public domain that tracks (i) Proportion of Funds spent on recurrent vs. Development expenditures (ii) Major project delivery status, on a relative basis for all Counties and issues recommendations on best practices across the top performing counties.

8.    Establish an Independent Review Commission after all Presidential appointments have been made for state corporations to ensure a balanced composition reflecting the national demographic.

9.    Implement legislation requiring automatic voter registration when a national ID is issued for the first time.

10. Implement policy to mandate each Woman Representative to share their manifesto for voting through public participation. If the manifesto is not accepted, they cannot be nominated.

ü  Reduced government recurrent expenditure.

ü  Removal of unconstitutional illegal offices.

ü  Reallocation of limited resources to crucial sectors of the economy (health and education)

ü  Improved and increased services to citizens within the education and health sectors.

ü  Enforcement of the rule of law.

ü  Full employment of graduates in the medical and teaching professions.

ü  Decreased corruption by government officers..

ü  Improved livelihoods of young people and indeed all Kenyans.

 

THEMATIC AREA OF CHANGE AND KEY ACTIONS FOR REFORM   SUCCESS INDICATORS
Restore Services to the People (Target Completion Date – 31st July 2024 to 31st August 2024)
11. Immediately reinstate the Linda Mama Program.

12. Immediately restore access to higher education loans under the Higher Education Loans Board.

13. Immediately return the school feeding program.

14. Immediately implement a policy that all public schools will receive their budget allocations on time and as budgeted and a failure to do so will result in the Cabinet Secretaries for Treasury and the Ministry of Education being held accountable.

15. Immediately restore the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) services and return the old rates as it was working and the only changes needed are to enhance it. Scrap the non-inclusive Social Health Insurance Fund (SHIF).

16. Introduce policy to return civil services on Saturdays for half day. Many of us work and need to access government services during non-work hours.

ü  Improved health and well-being for mothers and children

ü  More young people enrolling in university and completing their studies uninterrupted

ü  Better functioning public schools with the adequate resources to deliver quality education in a safe environment

ü  Access to subsidized health services for Kenyans who need support for medical care.

Champion Economic Stability and Fiscal Responsibility (Target Completion Date – 30th September to 30th November 2024)
17. Amend legislation to nullify any Finance Bill brought to Parliament before the Appropriation Bill for the same year has been fully vetted and passed as laid out in law and exclusion of confidential budget lines in the Bill.

18. Implement policy requiring the public to be informed of any new domestic and foreign debt through a Debt Justification Paper that goes through public participation and approval of the Senate. This will ensure no government officer can sign for any new debt on behalf of Kenya before it has undergone public participation and approval by the Senate. A quarterly report on all new debt must be published for the public’s knowledge on funds utilization and the repayment schedule.

19. Adopt policy capping amounts for specific budget line items to ensure value for money in all government procurement. We no longer want to see extravagant and unreasonable budgets similar to those in the Appropriation Bill 2024 and the foreign travel expenditure.

20. Amend legislation to abolish the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) under the Members of Parliament as this has not been effective and is an avenue for perpetuating corruption.

21. Conduct and publish a National Debt Annual Audit Report reflecting domestic and foreign debt

separately including each loan’s purpose, funds utilization to date and repayment schedule from

ü  Optimized utilization of public funds.

ü  Lower national debt.

ü  Compliance with the rule of law.

ü  Reduced corruption by public officers.

ü  Improved transparency and accountability at the ministerial level.

inception to date due by 30th September 2024 and subsequent ones at the end of each year on 31st December.

22. Conduct and publish an eCitizen Platform Revenue Audit Report including how collections have been allocated for public expenditure due by 31st October 2024 and subsequent ones at the end of each year on 31st December.

23. Conduct and publish each Ministry’s Annual Audit Report on revenue collection, treasury allocation and expenditure due by 30th November 2024 and subsequent ones at the end of each year on 31st December.

 
Prioritize and Meaningfully Address Corruption (Target Completion Date – 31st July 2024 to 30 September 2024)
24. Withdraw the following proposed amendments to the Conflict of Interest Bill, the Public Officers Ethics Act, the Anti-Corruption, Leadership and Integrity Act and to the Economic Crimes Act as they are retrogressive in our fight against corruption and wanton civil servants to disenfranchise citizens: i) A public officer can now be a beneficiary of any government contract and can award such contracts to himself/ herself, spouse, relative or to a corporation he has interests in. ii) Access to information touching on conflict of interest of state officers is to require a court order. iii) Limiting the duration of investigations into a state officer to only 90 days and if they are not completed within this period, the official can resume his/her duties. iv) Removing the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission as the oversight body enforcing the act and giving this power to the respective ethics commissions in government e.g., parliamentary ethics committee, senate ethics committee, etc. as this basically means that a corrupt official will be investigated by his/her colleagues. v) Removing the clause that public officers should not receive gifts as this may influence their decisions.

25. Introduce legislation for mandatory jail term of not less than five years for any individual convicted of looting public funds, alongside the recovery of all misappropriated funds and barring out-of-court settlements for corruption cases.

26. Establish legislation prohibiting any citizen with a criminal record or accused of corruption from holding public office in any capacity.

27. Amend the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, No 3 of 2003 to reconstitute the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to be comprised of both investigative and prosecutorial powers with a clear mandate to pursue corruption cases.

28. Conduct lifestyle audits for all senior parastatal heads, and other senior members of the Government and cross-check versus Wealth Declaration forms and any officer found to have misrepresented their wealth is removed from office with immediate effect.

ü  Improved compliance with the rule of law.

ü  Decreased corruption by government officers..

ü  Improved livelihoods of young people and indeed all Kenyans.

ü  Increased fiscal transparency and accountability for utilization of public funds.

ü  Established mechanism to hold public officers accountable in a systematic and institutionalized manner.

 

 

THEMATIC AREA OF CHANGE AND KEY ACTIONS FOR REFORM SUCCESS INDICATORS
Lower the Tax Burden on Citizens (Target Completion Date – 31st July 2024)
29. Abolish the Housing Levy immediately, conduct and audit of the fund from inception to date and refund all contributions currently invested in treasury bonds. We the people and the courts in the land rejected it. It is another avenue to overtax Kenyans and allow misuse of public funds.

30. Withdraw the new 25% excise duty on vegetable oils as this will increase the cost of essential goods and is in bad faith as it is just after the Finance Bill 2024 was rejected.

31. Withdraw proposal to increase the Road Maintenance Fuel Levy by 39% or Kshs. 7.00 per liter as the cost of fuel is already too high and this will have a direct effect on the cost of living.

32. Withdraw the proposed bill to convert freehold land to leasehold and renew all expiring leasehold leases for an additional 99 years.

33. Remove excise duty on Internet bundles altogether to make Internet access more affordable and provide young people with an opportunity to be self-employed through online jobs and content creation. Kenya has one of the most expensive internet services in the region.

34. Lower the penalty for late tax filing from a minimum of KES. 20,000 to KES. 5,000 and remove percentage linked to taxes due. Kenyans are already overtaxed, there is no need to add on penalties for late filing.

35. Pass legislation restricting increase of or introduction of new taxes, tariffs or levies to every five (5) years as we seek to spend what we already collect more responsibly and optimally.

ü  More money in citizens’ pockets to allow them to feed, clothe, educate and provide shelter for their families with dignity.

ü  Increased adoption of policies that only align with public interests.

ü  Increased consumer spending from surplus income to spur economic growth.

ü  Improved livelihoods of all Kenyans.

ü  Improved and optimized utilization of tax collections.

Implement Austerity Measures for Increased Services to Citizens (Target Completion Date – 31st July to 31st August 2024)
36. Reverse salary increases that came into effect on 01 July 2024 for all public servants and introduce a policy for no salary increases for public servants for the next five years and future salary revisions will be approved through public participation. Any public office holder who is not satisfied should not seek a civil service job.

37. Revise Members of Parliament (MP) salaries to a consolidated salary of KES. 250,000. This means eliminating the parliamentary sitting allowance and all other allowances. MPs are public servants with a decent wage, and salaries are for reporting to work and working.

38. Withdraw planned Statehouse and Deputy President Office-Harambee Annex renovations from the Appropriation Bill 2024. These properties should not be renovated or any money spent on furniture or furnishings during this administration’s term. When the children are hungry and jobless, parents do not spend to renovate houses and offices that are in good condition.

39. Implement policy that all government procured vehicles should be locally assembled and there shall be no purchase of new or old high fuel consumption vehicles; no security or chase cars

for any public servant except for the President and Deputy President, and these shall be restricted to no more than four for each office, plus three motor bikes, effective immediately. Additionally, no

ü  Optimized utilization of public funds.

ü  Lower national wage bill.

ü  Increased and improved access to quality primary, secondary and higher education.

ü  Better and sustained morale of the Kenyan people who are more productive.

ü  Improved livelihoods of young Kenyans.

 

government vehicles should be on the road without work dockets and all public servants must travel with government owned vehicles, trains, and airplanes to curb corruption and conflict of interest.

40. Implement policy on no mileage, house, entertainment and domestic staff allowances or related bill payments using public funds for ANY public servant. Salaries are meant to cater for all

that. Even the US President is required by law to buy his and his family’s food.

41. Adopt policy restricting foreign travel for all public servants for the next 6 months starting on 06 July 2024. From January 2025, the President and Deputy President can resume travel. The COVID-19 pandemic showed us we can do a lot of work without travel.

42. Reduce the number of positions in the Executive office starting with the number of advisors in the Offices of the President and Deputy President, and eliminate the additional Permanent Secretary (PS) positions created by this administration and the positions that support these offices as this has created overstaffing at the ministerial level with little results to justify the extra expenditure.

Redirect savings from the austerity measures to the following with actual budget allocations and progress reports:

43. All savings from the restriction on foreign travel to fund an Accelerated Debt Repayment Program to begin paying down foreign debt. This should be tracked and implemented with immediate effect as the expenditure on foreign travel has already been analyzed.

44. Renovate and build new primary schools’ infrastructure that are well equipped with adequate furniture and books.

45. Fund all primary schools adequately so that parents do not have to contribute a penny for their child to go to school and make primary education truly free.

46. Improve infrastructure for secondary schools and ensure they are adequately resourced to provide quality education in a safe environment.

47. Increase the higher education fund to ensure no student pays more than KES. 50,000 per year in university fees.

48. Employ all Junior Secondary School (JSS) intern teachers and intern doctors on their previous terms and immediately reinstate those dismissed for participating in strikes. Citizens need doctors more than they need non-performing roles in government.

49. Create a Vaccine Fund to ensure that Kenya never runs out of essential life-saving vaccines and maintains its public health security including the necessary infrastructure to store and distribute the vaccines.

50. Establish a Youth Enterprise Fund dedicated to providing competitive grants on winning business ideas for a three-year period to build organic businesses led by young Kenyans.

ü  Servant leadership inculcated in

Kenya’s political class.

ü  Increased absorption in the public service of young people in the teaching and medical professions who are currently unemployed.

ü  Increased public health security from deterring new cases of diseases preventable through immunization.

ü  Increased number of SMEs run by young people.

Note: Detailed plans on how these actions will be achieved should be published via the standard channels currently used by the Government of Kenya for public access. We wish you and your entire administration a great second half of the year working for the People of the Republic of Kenya.

THE KENYA WE WANT.        THE KENYA WE DESERVE.          IT IS POSSIBLE.