vociferous youth leader Calvin Gaucho

On Wednesday, June 7, vociferous youth leader Calvin Gaucho made it known that he was prepared to meet with President William Ruto to talk about the welfare of young people from underprivileged families.

Although proactively taking part in rallies and protests led by Raila Odinga, the head of the Azimio la Umoja Coalition, Gaucho refuted reports that he was an affiliate of the group in an interview with TV47.

In addition, he declared himself to be the leader of the young and those in need of protection, distancing himself from the Kenya Kwanza Coalition.

The leader of Bunge La Mwananchi claims that while he never officially joined the Raila-led coalition, he cooperated with it because he thought the two parties had the same goals for Kenyans.


"I shall see President Ruto when he calls because Raila Odinga is the head of the Azimio. I only serve as the ghetto president and am the voice of the slum population. Neither Kenya Kwanza nor Azimio is where I am," he said.

Gaucho said that Ruto had to fulfil several requirements before he agreed to meet with him. This is because he has seen firsthand how leaders' careers are destroyed when they become too cosy with politics.

To minimise controversy, he requested that the meeting be made public. He also required that the head of state make a commitment that he would not be used as a political gimmick.

"I won't have an issue as long as he doesn't utilise the meeting for publicity as he has with other politicians.

He said, "If he calls me, it should be something very public because the people he hangs around with are controversial."

The young leader acknowledged that he had held back challenging inquiries he needed to make to the president about the well-being of the youth, such as those about employment and taxes.

He would only be able to do so, however, if the president granted him the freedom to disagree with his choices and did not pressure him to back the administration.

"He shouldn't seek my political support and should instead allow me to critique his work. I want to know why the young are not employed and why our people in the slums continue to suffer," he said.

Additionally, Gaucho said that he disagreed with Azimio's decision to veto the proposed Finance Bill 2023, arguing that Parliament needed to do so to serve as a warning to Kenyans ahead of the next elections.

He believed that Kenyans could only learn through the difficult effects of their voting decisions.

"Leaders of Azimio are opposed to the bill, but I wholeheartedly support it. Kenyans will learn not to make the same error again the next time elections come around if they suffer as a result of the measure.

"Because Ruto was a prophet and a man of God, Kenyans welcomed him. Why would they disregard his views at this time? Were we to reject a prophet, why?" He made fun of me.

During the Azimio la Umoja demonstrations, Gaucho gained notoriety and won over former President Uhuru Kenyatta, who offered to buy him lunch.

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