Deputy President (DP) William Ruto is among the top contenders of the 2022 General Elections Presidential race. His popularity has spread across the country with most political analysts alleging that his bid will soon be unstoppable.
Kenya's economy has taken the central position in 2022 politics. The idea seems to have been propelled by the current economic crisis witnessed in the country amid Covid-19 pandemic. Politicians have developed economic models aimed at rejuvenating Kenya's economy.
Ruto's bottom up seems to be the most popular among them all. His model ignited political debates with his rivals poking holes on the model. The DP further developed the Hustler narrative which has taken the political arena in a storm. However, Ruto has been killing the Country's economy slowly in the name of empowerment.
He has been going round the country issuing handouts in the name of fostering the economy. He has been issuing wheelbarrows to young Kenyans and donations to different groups of people at the community level. The DP is also a frequent church donor where he always gives out millions of cash.
Ruto's actions are actually harming the economy than building it. Instead of issuing wheelbarrows to learned youths, the DP should focus on encouraging and supporting innovative minds through industrialization. The money donated in churches are enough to build a light industry which could employ a number of youths and create a ripple effect on the region.
Although Ruto's bottom up economic model might be good, his method of implementation is wrong.
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