President Ruto announces 6-day interdisciplinary dialogue to address Gen-Z concerns

President Ruto announces 6-day interdisciplinary dialogue to address Gen-Z concerns

President William Ruto on Tuesday July 9, 2024 announced the launch of a six-day interdisciplinary dialogue summit starting July 15, aimed at addressing pressing concerns among Kenyans.

Addressing journalists at the KICC in Nairobi, President Ruto disclosed that the summit will gather representatives from political parties, religious organizations, civil society, employers, and youth.

“In the interest of making sure we live within our means; all participants will bear their attendance costs. This is a result of consultations we have held this morning,” Ruto stated.

Ruto also specified that stakeholders must nominate their representatives by the end of this week.

According to the President, the summit’s objective is to chart a path forward for the nation.

Ruto’s remarks followed his endorsement of the IEBC (Amendment) Bill, 2024, which was prompted by recommendations from the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) formed in response to the disputed 2022 presidential election results, where some IEBC commissioners disputed Ruto’s victory.

At the same time, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, leading opposition lawmakers, supported Ruto’s initiative, describing it as the optimal strategy to navigate the current national crisis.

Raila emphasized that the summit provides an opportunity for Kenyans to voice their concerns and address issues plaguing the country towards achieving lasting solutions.

“There are numerous challenges affecting Kenyans, but all are surmountable,” remarked the former prime minister, citing unemployment, corruption, ethnic tensions, debt, and economic management as critical topics requiring discussion.

The summit comes amidst widespread protests against taxation and dissatisfaction with President Ruto’s administration.

Originating from opposition to the contentious Finance Bill, 2024, the protests persisted even after President Ruto declined to sign the bill into law on June 26, amid public pressure.

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