A group of young people are urging the National Super Alliance (Nasa) leadership to rethink the product boycott that began last week.
The Luo National Youth Caucus, which is affiliated to Nasa, has reported massive losses experienced in Luo Nyanza due to the call to boycott certain products and services.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday morning in Nairobi, the group’s chairman, Roy K’Obwanga, said that the region is suffering economically and a different path should be taken.
“The National Youth Council, in partnership with Uwezo Fund and the Youth Fund, mobilised resources in connection with Safaricom and gave many young people M-Pesa outlets all over the country. It is so sad when leaders call for banning of these shops when the same youths are servicing loans acquired to set up the shops, without giving alternatives to the same,” Mr K’Obwanga said.
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The group stated that the boycott can only be felt in Luo Nyanza and that other regions affiliated with the party are conducting business as usual.
The group has promised to discuss the issue in all the counties as many people are suffering silently.
They said some Kenyans cannot talk openly about the economic hardships the boycott has caused.