Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 sent an invitation message to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga who is perceived to be his political rival ahead of 2022 Presidential elections.
In his statement, the Deputy President invited Raila to join his Hustler Movement brigade where he claimed that they only discuss matters to do with the economy, empowerment, job creation and not ethnicity.
“My friend Tinga, welcome to Hustler movement. The conversation here is about the economy, not ethnicity, empowerment, not power, jobs not positions, creating opportunity/ wealth not sharing, Citizens not leaders by changing policy not the constitution to bottom-up, not top-down economics” Ruto stated.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party’s Director of Communications, Philip Etale however, dismissed the message saying that the ODM party does not care about what Ruto tweets or says.
He also noted that it is Raila Odinga that should be welcoming the Ruto for a discourse on matters of national interest as he is better placed to advise Ruto.
Philip Etale further stated that Ruto should focus on the Kiambaa by-elections and leave matters regarding his party leader alone.
He further noted that Ruto did not gain his wealth through a bottom-up approach, but by wining and dining with prominent people as far back as in former President Moi’s era.
Philip Etale had dismissed the Bottom-Up approach as claimed by the Deputy President saying that the model is a fallacy.
“Bottom-up economic model is a fallacy! Where is TangaTanga leader coming from when executing that model? Is he from the bottom or up? Let us save our people from this fallacy.” Etale stated.
Raila and Ruto have continued to insult and accuse each other on matter of corruption during their political functions across the country.