DP Ruto says hustler narrative not aimed at pitting haves against have-nots
Published on: March 09, 2021 10:55 (EAT)
Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed talk of fomenting a class war pitting the haves against the have-nots in his hustler movement narrative. Ruto spoke in Embakasi West Constituency on Monday where he launched a series of projects financed by the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF). The DP claimed political leaders criticising his hustler discourse were jittery over a changing narrative from past ethnic-based political mobilisation. At the same time, he bashed proposals in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) on gender inclusivity, terming the top-up list nominations tokenism. “Wanasema eti deputy president anachochea watu wadogo, mimi nauliza, tukisema mama mboga pia ni biashara hiyo ni kuchochea mtu?” He posed. “Women are as capable in Kenya as men, let us allow women to be elected into the National Assembly like men and let us not reduce women leadership into token leadership to be given by nomination. Women can compete.” Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, on his part, said: “DP asiambiwe ati yeye anaincite ma-sufferrer…yeye amesema kila Mkenya kwa sababu analipa ushuru, wakati wanajenga mareli na mabuildings, pia chapaa kidogo iletwe hapa iskume mama wa soko na vijana wote wanapiga hustle.” “Sasa hatuongei maneno ya kutafutia watu kura ama viti, tunaongea maneno ya kutafutia mahustler kazi,” added Susan Kihika.