Guaranteed Income(Free Money)

Guaranteed Income (Free Money)

I would implement the universal basic income of Kshs. 10000 a month, that’s is Kshs 120,000 a year, for every Nairobian adult aged 23 and above. This is the reason why, at 23 many people have graduated and do not have jobs and many right now are undergoing a stage I call life crisis. Where they feel like school was all for nothing. Worry no more with Collins being your Governor.

This money will be given independent of one’s sex, education, work status or any other determinant. It will enable people to pay their rents, stay healthy, care for their loved ones and have hope of a better future. Other than any regular increases to keep up with the living standard, any alterations will require approval from the county assembly.

It will be illegal to lend or borrow against one’s universal basic income.

Guaranteed income will definitely grow the economy and increase County’s labor force. Putting money into people’s pocket and not taking it away will be a great boost and support to job and economic growth.

Problems to be solved…

1. Close to half the population of Nairobians live below the poverty line.
2. Good jobs are few and Nairobians are working hard for very little pay.
3. It is important to Nairobians of all walks of life.
4. Many Nairobians are doing jobs they didn’t even study for just because they have to survive. This leads to discouragement hence low productivity.
5. We have a lot of positive social activities that Nairobians could engage in but they can’t because of lack of cash. For example volunteering in community activities, visiting the sick in hospitals or children in children’s home.

Goals to be achieved…

1. Stop poverty in the most direct way possible : giving Nairobians money
2. Take Nairobi to a People Centred kind of economy( a type that focuses on people’s well being)
3. Give people the freedom to innovate and contribute to society (No human is limited – Eliud Kipchoge)
4. Firing up the economy by giving income to those most likely to spend it wisely.

As Governor, I will….

Implement the guaranteed Income of Kshs. 10, 000 a month for Nairobians aged 23 and above for us to share in the fruit of our hard work in contributing to this new economy.

โ€˜I’m now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective – the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by now a widely discussed measure :The guaranteed Income โ€™
Martin Luther King Jr., 1967.

โ€˜We should explore… Universal Basic income so that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas โ€™
Mark Zuckerberg(Facebook Founder)

โ€œCreating a world where Guaranteed Income is our foundation would go a lot further towards equality between the sexes, for in doing so we acknowledge that the work of the home is real, and we free women from the economic constraints that childbearing has come to bear upon us, much more than our male counterpartsโ€
Nicole Sallak – Anderson

People Centred Economy

People Centred Economy

Capitalism has led to great innovations and advancement in the living standards of people. It won the war of ideas against socialism. However we have to admit that there’s no such thing as a purely capitalistic economy. Our current focus on corporate profits isn’t really working for many Nairobians. We work really hard, wake up so early for our companies, but that effort isn’t reflected in our payrolls.

We need a human centered economy that’s geared towards maximizing people’s well being and fulfillment. It’s core tenets are :

1. People are more important than money
2. The unit of an economy is the well being of a person not the shilling made.
3. Markets exists to serve our common goals and values not just companies.

Problem to be solved

Companies will start to value things and activities that are core to human experience.

We need markets that serve us rather than markets that we serve. We need a governor that will truly focus on the public interest above anything and lead companies to act appropriately in bettering the lives of Nairobians.

My Goal will be to make the city economy work for everyday commuter and direct money to investments that improve the lives of the people.

As Governor, I will…

1 Change our view of the economy from Gross Domestic Products and stocks to a more caring and valuing set of measurements that ensures that people are thriving. I will encourage mental health awareness, childhood success rate, median income and descent standard of living and finally absense of drug and substance abuse.

2. Encourage company executive to make right decisions and policies for the public rather than focusing on their next positions. And in areas where I’ll have powers to make appointments, I will pay competitive rates with the private sectors to ensure that public company executives also do well.

3. Drive individuals and companies to find innovative ways to improve Nairobians living standard. I will do this by rewarding companies and people who drive significant social value through the good they have done.

In days ahead, I’ll expand to…

Good parenting and caring for the people we love
Teaching and nurturing children
Arts and creative among all Nairobians
Serving the poor
Working in struggling Neighborhoods
Meaningful community connections
Small independent Businesses
Citizen information integrity / Journalism.
Civic engagement
Economic competitiveness and growth
Cultural vibrancy and community integration.
Public safety.

This policy will reshape the way we measure value and progress and help us redefine why we do the things we do. Let’s build a city that makes people’s lives better.


Police Brutality in Kenya ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช

Am inside the library basement, browsing through the internet and I’m shocked by a video clip of four police officers brutally beating a University student for his constitutional right to Pickett. For lovers of Twitter, #jkuatlivesmatter is among the top five Trending hash tags of today.

My personal opinion
This act is utterly inappropriate, not to mention that it’s painful to the student. When I watched the clip, I had tears down my cheeks and pictures myself being the one or maybe my brother. I’ve been part of two campus strikes in my entire life, and to be honest, the experience is fun. In fact, student don’t get the need of rioting if police officers aren’t going to show up. However, the experience is risky, tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, up and down reckless runs. You don’t want to find yourself in any wrong side of either happenings. I’ve seen friends getting shot, professionally though.

It’s the role of the police to restore order appropriately and it’s also the role of a picketter to Pickett within the bounds of the law.

I detest the action and the manner the police handled that unlucky student. However, we must not fail to take into account the prior orders before that. The fact is, incidents like those happen in literally every strike, lucky for us, that was captured on a camera.

Students have the habit of provoking security officers and trust me it even gets worse if an office was on the other side of the student. The difference is, students are not trained and that’s why they many times will act stupid but I won’t say the same of security officers.

Going forward, what can we do to exercise our rights peacefully and for the officers to be there to ensure our protection?
Here is a couple of suggestions I’d recommend :
1. Officers should expect the unexpected. This will set them in mood making them have a thick skin for provocations.
2.Plan ahead. Most protests issue notices days before the actual protest. This time is given to allow both the protesters and the security forces to plan before time to ensure safety of both civilians and the officers themselves.
3. Understanding. Students are suppose to understand their rights and the bounds set to exercise them and at all times to strive to stay within those bounds
4. Finally, we are all humans, we all feel pain. Let’s be Compassionate about one another and treat each other gently. We all want to live to see tomorrow, not in pain but in peace.

As the trends continues, comrades from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology should understand that we’re together in this quest for better living.