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.
‘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 ’
Martin Luther King Jr., 1967.
‘We should explore… Universal Basic income so that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas ’
Mark Zuckerberg(Facebook Founder)
“Creating 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 counterparts”
Nicole Sallak – Anderson