Deputy President William Ruto has welcomed the numerous criticism on his bottom-up economic model.
During a meeting with UDA-affiliated MPs at his Karen residence, Ruto urged the critics to give their suggestions on making the economic model more realistic.
He also took a swipe on its critics, challenging them to explain how the model they support has been helpful to Kenyans.
“We welcome all criticism because it is an avenue to improve our model. While we are it they should explain how their trickle-down model that has not worked for the last 60 years is going to work this time around,” DP Ruto said.
Additionally, the second in command stated that those making fun of the bottom-up approach are insulting serious conversations on the economy of this nation.
On the positive side, he was glad that discussions on his model had shifted the focus of leaders towards the economy other than the BBI.
“Today we are discussing matters economy. That at least we are not engaged in an exercise to create positions for leaders but passionate engagement to see how we can create jobs for Kenyans,” he said.
The sentiments by DP Ruto come after his allies have been thrown in the frying pan over the definition of the bottom-up economic model.
In a live interview with Citizen TV on July 28, Kandara MP Alice Wahome failed to define the economic model appropriately, making her the laughing stock of opponents.
“By working from the bottom down. Yeah…from up to…you know from top to bottom,” Alice Wahome defined.
Later on, Wahome came out to defend her blunder, terming it as a slip of the tongue.
“That was just a tongue-twister. I know that the bottom-up economic model discussion bothers the ‘Cerelac’ babies, Kieleweke team, and the ODM party,” Alice Wahome told the Daily Nation.
The hullabaloo about the definition of bottom-up came after Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju defined it as ‘Matako Juu’.