• Mutua said his intention is to enable couples to settle down easily and focus on growing their families. 

Governor Alfred Mutua
Governor Alfred Mutua
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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua sparked public debate after releasing his presidential manifesto on Sunday, December 5. 

One proposal in his manifesto was to give newly-weds Ksh 500,000 to 1 Million to establish themselves. 

In an interview with Kiss 100, Mutua explained his reasons for gifting newlyweds. 

"This is an idea that is coming from the concept of enabling people to own homes. We need to encourage families to have homes, and make it easier for people to own homes," he said. 

He added that his intention is to enable couples to settle down easily and focus on growing their families. 

Additionally, he revealed plans to reduce the cost of construction materials. 

"When you get married and want to have a home... you apply to the government we give you your initial 500,000 - 1 million shillings to put as a down payment. Kazi yako ni kujifurahisha na kuzaa...an kulea watoto. Then you pay the government over a period of 20 years," Mutua said. 

The money, he said, will not be used for planning the wedding or any other investment.

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