Public Debt, Blow to Economy and Democracy-Youth

Public debtMombasa Youth Activist Ibrahim Jey at a past function. Image: PETER KOMBE

Youth in Mombasa County have lashed out at the government over what they claim is excessive borrowing and piling up of public debt.

They (youths) argue the debt has crippled the economy and democracy of the state.

Speaking to the media in Mombasa, Mombasa youth activist Ibrahim Jey said as a result the current generation has inherited a myriad of socio-economic and political challenges.

“Young people have inherited trillions of public debt, Covid19 and rampant unemployment from the so-called political class in the order of the day,” said Ibrahim.

Ibrahim says despite the galloping public debt, there is no tangible development adding “Kenyans risk losing the port of Mombasa over the Standard Gauge Railway SGR,” 

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At the same time, Anthony Omondi, a youth hailing from Kisauni Sub County lamented over a skyrocketing public debt.

Omondi attributes the surge of youth unemployment to the millions of looted public monies.

“The government is quick when it comes to borrowing but slow in paying the debt. As we speak the debt is almost 9 trillion. This is really a concern,” said the concerned youth.

Independence Candidacy-Expensive Affair

On the question of whether Ibrahim supports or is against the push for independent candidacy in the 2022 general elections, he notes that Kenya is a democratic state offering freedom to all.

He however holds the view that independence candidacy is an expensive affair.

“Kenya is a democratic country. Everyone is free to do what s/he wants. This is however an expensive deal,” said Ibrahim.

Governors-Insincere about Coast party

On the issue of the formation of a Coast party by a section of Coast Governors, he lashes out at Coast chiefs adding” they (governors) are not sincere about the party,”

He says Kenyans no longer trust party politics.

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Peter Kombe
Peter Kombe is a Mombasa based Journalist with an eye for the unique untold human interest stories. Hobbies Reading, travelling and meeting new friends.

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