Isaac Mwaura, the Kiambu nominated senator has finally delivered Ruto’s KSh 1m Pledge to Githuria Traders after a public outcry.
The dealers in the market have received their KSh 1 million less than a month after raising their complaints that the DP Ruto had lied to them.
The reason for the delay, according to Mwaura, is that a plan for how the funds will assist the traders is being developed.
He pointed out that dividing the money among all traders in the market would be ineffective.
“In October last year, I was accompanied to Karen by many of you. The deputy president pledged KSh 1 million for traders in the market and KSh 1 million for the boda boda and Tuk Tuk operators. But we figured the money would be insufficient, because if it was to be divided among 8,000 traders then each would get KSh 125. That would not help,” he said.
“So I met with the leaders of all the markets in Githurai and decided that the KSh 1 million be divided equally among the Saccos in the seven markets,” he said.
While praising the bottom-up economic concept, Mwaura stated that the money would be channeled via table banking, allowing traders to expand their small businesses.
Earlier this year, the traders chastised the vice president for not keeping his word, causing issues for their leaders, whom they accused of shortchanging them.
Ruto promised the traders KSh 2 million when they visited him at his Karen home in October 2021.
The money would be split evenly between Githurai market vendors and boda boda and Tuk Tuk owners in the region’s transportation sector.
However, weeks after the pledge, the traders claimed that nothing had happened to the promise.
“He told us to wait for one week. He pledged KSh 1 million to those in the market section, and another KSh 1 million to those in the transport sector. We have not seen the monies and now our colleagues are accusing us of swindling them,” one of the senior traders in the market said.
They said Isaac Mwaura, who had coordinated their visit to Ruto’s home, kept mum on the issue.