DP Ruto defends Bottom-up model,says its all about helping the weak in our midst

DP Ruto defends Bottom-up model,says its all about helping the weak in our midst

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,1ST AUG,2021-Deputy President William Ruto has once again defended his bottom-up economic approach, saying is a nobble and about helping others.

“People are confused about this bottom-up approach. It is about helping the weak. Christ himself has said blessed are those who help others,” Ruto said.

He spoke on Sunday when he attended Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Langata, Nairobi County.

Ruto is rallying supporters around his hustler narrative, which he says is a “bottom-up-middle-out economic approach” that has been received with admiration and criticism in equal measure.

On Saturday, Ruto also made clarification of his economic approach which he said is focused on creating jobs for millions of Kenyans who are unemployed and small scale business people.

“Bottom-up is focused on liberating hustler enterprises from shylock-credit exploitation and unfair regulation and  empowering our resource-poor farmers and herders to produce so as to free them from the slavery and indignity of relief food aid,” the DP said.

Ruto and other leaders allied to him have insisted on using an economic model that empowers, by injecting money to the low income businesses as the perfect way to build the economy.

They say that the current system only benefits a few people who are at the top of the food chain, in the name of having these people get resources to those at the grassroots.

Those opposed to Ruto’s approach have also insisted that what the country needs is good infrastructure and favourable policies, to better the lives of Kenyans.

A few weeks ago, Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga outlined his economic vision to make Kenya the African continent’s headquarters for global business.

Raila’s macroeconomic vision varied somewhat from the DP’s bottom-up approach which focuses on the microeconomic aspect.

Raila said he imagined a country with a firm foundation for the rule of law backed by efficient government structures that can withstand pressure.

“End result; We make Kenya Africa’s leading financial centre; a logistics, shipping and aviation hub; Africa’s headquarter for global business, manufacturing and diplomacy. Jobs come, upward social mobility comes for all. I believe it’s possible,” he said

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