BY DPPS,NAIROBI,10TH SEPT,2021-Deputy President William Ruto has said Kenyans have lost confidence in the Opposition.
He said when its leaders had a chance to drive the government agenda, they had no capacity, will or plan to move the country forward.
“Kenyans will not forgive them for derailing the Big Four Agenda that sought to transform the lives of millions of ordinary Kenyans,” Ruto said.
“How, then, do you expect Kenyans to believe that you will implement what you are promising now?”
The DP spoke Friday when he hosted a delegation of grassroots, political and religious leaders from Makueni at the Karen Residence, Nairobi County.
Ruto said the Opposition does not have any development track records to boast of despite serving in government for years.
“Kenyans are going to judge all of us on the basis of our track records, our commitment and what we can do given an opportunity,” he said.
Leaders present were MPs Nimrod Mbai, Victor Munyaka, Vincent Musau, Kimani Ichung’wah, former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, former Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki and former Cabinet Minister Gideon Ndambuki.
The Deputy President said he was focused on bringing leaders together to help him implement the bottom-up economic model that will address the immediate needs of ordinary citizens.
“We want to eliminate the notion that the needs of those at the bottom of the economic pyramid are inferior to those at the top,” he said
He asked his critics not to be consumed by the simplicity of the wheelbarrow saying it represented a comprehensive economic model dubbed bottom-up.
He said the wheelbarrow was a party symbol just like other political parties that have oranges, for example, as their party symbol.
“You can as well, tell us the complexity of the orange if you wish instead of being obsessed with the simplicity of the wheelbarrow.”
“The wheelbarrow symbolised the intention of the hustler nation formation of prioritizing the needs of those Kenyans at the very bottom of the economic pyramid, unlike the trickle-down model that prioritises those at the top. ”
Ichung’wah said opposition leaders were intentionally fighting the bottom-up economic model for the same reason they sabotaged the Big Four development agenda.