Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has once again rubbished Deputy President William Ruto’s bottom-up economic model.
Odinga said the model was akin to the late former president Daniel Moi’s district focus for rural development that would not bring any meaningful change in the country.
Odinga accused DP Ruto, in a thinly-veiled attack, of using ill gotten wealth to advance his presidential bid.
The ODM leader spoke in Budalangi on Friday after sharing an early Christmas celebration with orphaned children in Kisumu.
Odinga, who attended the annual Banyala Festival in Busia County, fired salvos at the deputy president saying the DP’s solutions to the country’s problems sound like familiar old, and failed models.
Raila said the country’s economy needed a well-thought out revival plan that would realise quick gains for Kenyans.
He said Kenyans would need to be accorded equal education opportunities which would lead to youth getting better jobs.
He said medical cover for all was important and spoke of establishing a fund to empower women and the youth.
“Tunaweka hazina pahali ambayo unaweza kukopa pesa na hulipi chochote mpaka baada ya miaka 7 kama hio biashara imenawiri. Hiyo italeta utajiri kwa watu wetu, ndio maana mimi naiita uchumi mashinani,” stated Odinga.
The former premier took issue with the deputy president’s campaigns saying they were spurred by ill-gotten wealth.
He told the crowd to take any money goven during the campaign, and to ask for more.
“Sasa akikuja hapa aseme kwamba anataka kukutana na vijana wa Budalangi, msikatae, endeni, akitoa pesa hiyo chukueni,” he said.
in his charm offensive of the fisherfolk in Busia, Odinga promised to revive the blue economy sector and address the perennial clashes pitting Kenyan and Ugandan fishermen and security officials in a tug of war over fishing rights in Lake Victoria waters.
“Hii mambo ya ziwa hii tutamaliza kiungwana, tutaongea na hao watu…tutawaambia hapana onyesha sisi kifua, hata sisi tuko na kifua,” said the ODM chief.