By Eunice Kayo and Mourice Seretta
Despite several political quarters saying that Deputy President William Ruto’s ‘Hustler Nation’ campaign across the nation is driving a wedge in the country between the ‘haves and not haves, a defiant DP Ruto took the campaign to Nyamira County on Thursday where he maintained that he will not be intimidated by anyone to stop helping the downtrodden in society.
Addressing a rally in Sironga Market, Nyamira County, the second in command maintained that it is only through empowering the youth by giving them motorbikes, wheelbarrows, handcarts, tailoring machines amongst other items that will draw them out of poverty.
Flanked by Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi, Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, area MPS, Ben Momanyi (Bobasi), Shadrack John Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango) and Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro, DP Ruto said those that are against his endeavors to empower the youth do not have the interests of the youth at heart.
‘We do not want to be told stories. We want to see the youth who make the bulk of the country’s population are empowered and have something to put on the table. We want to see boda boda riders, handcart pushers, shoe shiners and all the common mwananchi who struggle to make ends meet have something to smile about,’ Ruto said.
Ruto also took a swipe at proponents of the Building Bridging Initiative, BBI, saying that they are only interested in creating new positions in the constitution like that of a Prime Minister and two Deputy Prime Ministers to suit their selfish interests at the detriment of poor Kenyans.
On violence, DP Ruto asked the youth not to be paid by anyone so as to engage in any form of violence.
‘If anyone wants to pay you to engage in violence and cause mayhem, ask them to get their wives and children to do it but not you,’ Ruto advised.
Ruto’s Nyamira tour was last week canceled for failure to meet the new public gathering guidelines issued by the National Security Advisory Committee, NSAC, that stipulates that anyone who wants to hold a public gathering should notify the area police OCS three days prior to the meeting.