Kenyans React to Charlene Ruto’s Comment on TV: “Young People, Let’s not Sit and Be Lazy Share Your Ideas”
Written by moradio on 8 February 2024
NAIROBI, Kenya, February 8- President William Ruto’s daughter, Charlene Ruto, ignited a social media storm with her recent remarks on Kenyan youth during a TV interview on February 7.
Encouraging youth to be proactive, she stated,
“I’d like to call on our young people, let’s not sit and be lazy. You are passionate about something, don’t give up on that.”
Urging them to initiate projects for income, she emphasized, “The best thing we can do for our young people is create opportunities for them.”
Charlene’s call for youth to participate in international platforms, particularly on issues like climate change, was underscored with, “We need young people to start and continue attending these international platforms because the more we are, the more we can fight for our space.”
However, her comments drew criticism on social media, with demands for an apology. Critics argued her privileged background might hinder her understanding of youth challenges, stating, “Her remarks came across as dismissive of the systemic issues contributing to youth unemployment.”
Despite the backlash, Charlene remains active with the Smachs Foundation, empowering Kenyan youth through sustainable agriculture and climate action.
Social media platforms, particularly X, have been flooded with posts sharing the video of Charlene’s interview, demanding an apology from her.
They argued that her privileged background may have clouded her understanding of the realities experienced by many young people in the country.
Critics pointed out that Charlene’s position as the daughter of a prominent political figure may have shielded her from the struggles and hardships faced by ordinary Kenyan youth.