In an astonishingly erroneous press release, the Deputy President displayed complete and utter contradictory concepts pertaining to his very own bottom-up economic model which has become the flagship pledge of his manifesto. This left observers wondering where his team of top-notch economic advisors who include David Ndii were, and why they left their boss in such a position yet they’re reportedly earning hefty salaries from him.
The bottom-up approach is basically the opposite of the trickle down model, and puts more emphasis on the individual at the lower ranks, rather than the big institutions and powerful individuals at the top. Over the centuries, poor people have tried to benefit from the trickle down model by forming Co-operatives and Saccos through which they can employ their collective strength as a single unit. The bottom-up approach seeks to disrupt such traditional economic models by putting focus directly on the man and woman at the bottom, and bypassing the hierarchical structures.
However, yesterday, in a surprising post, the deputy president seemed to ignore all this and advocate for Saccos and Co-operatives, which are the building blocks of a trickle down economy. In his post, he wrote,
We must work together and invest in the youth who have the energy, insights and spine to challenge the status quo and offer solutions to our problems at grassroots. By deliberately attending to the bottom of the wealth pyramid, we will create millions of employment opportunities, tackle poverty and confront inequality in our country.
At the Karen Residence in Nairobi County, where a section of the youth from Nairobi engaged me on the bottom-up economic model. I encouraged them to form Saccos and Cooperatives in readiness for the bottom-up economic model empowerment programme.
Also in the session were MPs Senator Millicent Omanga, George Theuri, Hon Generali Nixon Korir, Jayne Kihara and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru.
Worth noting is that just a while back, tanga tanga members caused a stir in the country when a number of them publicly got tongue-tied, and unable to explain what exactly the bottom-up approach entailed.
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