Who is Alex Matere who deconstructed DP Ruto’s Wheelbarrow initiative

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Alex Matere

Trans Nzoia county youth leader Alex Matere today left Kenyans with mixed reactions after his outright attack on Deputy President William Ruto during the BBI launch in Bomas of Kenya. Matere was invited to speak at the event on behalf of youths alongside Laikipia women representative Catherine Waruguru.

The former University of Nairobi student leader claimed that this was not the time for politicians to issue 16th century tools to solve the 21st Century problems. This was viewed as a direct attack to the second in command who has been distributing wheelbarrows and handcarts at his Karen residence. Matere made a categorical yet strongly worded address that has sparked a heated debate online.

‘The youth of this country have been sidelined for too long. There is a saying that if you’re not on the table then you are on the menu, the youth of this country have been on the menu for too long, BBI is bringing us on the table,’ said the youth leader. Matere called on political leaders to include youths in decision making processes.

The youth leader, who has registered his interest in the Trans Nzoia County senatorial seat, also praised the document for scouting for inclusivity. He noted that his community has been marginalised and it was a major gain that he got an opportunity to address such a gathering. William Ruto’s supporters have however criticised him for being hard on the second in command. They claim that the outright attack was uncalled for from the young man since BBI report seeks to unite the nation.

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