Raila Odinga’s ODM party has accused DP William Ruto of copying NASA’s Manifesto on economic empowerment.
In a series of tweets, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna accused Ruto’s camp of lifting NASA’s manifesto with the assistance of economist David Ndii.
“Over a year ago I asked David Ndii to share the bottom-up blueprint and he shared the NASA Manifesto instead,
I do not know why then William Ruto thinks growing the economic capacity of everyday Kenyans is his original idea. You just plagiarised the Nasa Manifesto,” Edwin Sifuna wrote on his Twitter page.
Other than copying NASA’s manifesto, Sifuna also said that Ruto’s camp went ahead to implement the economic framework in an opposite manner.
“When we proposed increased revenue share to the counties we knew mama mboga (fresh vegetable vendors) needs her governor to build proper markets where her business can thrive,” Edwin Sifuna added.
The accusations made by ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna come after William Ruto and his political allies accused Raila Odinga of copying their campaign message centering around economically empowering the common man.
Lately, ODM leader Raila Odinga has been centering his 2022 campaign messages around economic empowerment, something William Ruto has been doing ever since he declared interest in vying for the presidency.
The former Prime Minister released his economic framework, aimed at focusing on empowering rural economies and promoting the use of made in Kenya products.
After Raila initiated economic talks, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa accused him of copying William Ruto’s idea.
He said that Raila has just realised economic empowerment is what Kenyans need after wasting a lot of time on campaigning for BBI.
“Raila Odinga and his team seem not capable to think on their own, they wait until something gathers momentum before they come and say this is the way to go,” Barasa said.
On his part, Ruto also chided Odinga for his economic empowerment talks, saying that he is also subscribing to the hustler nation camapign message.