“Half of Kenya lives in poverty because of the stupidity of ethnicity,” DP Ruto says

DP William Ruto during an empowerment programme at Esibakala Primary School in Emuhaya, Vihiga County on January 10, 2020.. PHOTO | DPPS

Deputy President William Ruto now says that over half of Kenya lives in poverty on account of problems brought about by the ”stupidity of ethnicity”.

The DP was referring to a newspaper segment that appeared to say that he has locked horns with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Taking to Twitter, DP Ruto said the conversation about the “hustler’ was long overdue and is the harbinger of the needed political revolution in Kenya.

He said that the hustler nation is tribeless and will seek to address the plight of over 20 million Kenyans living in poverty.

“Finally we have the conversation of our lifetime: the hustler.Until now our politics was hostage to the stupidity of ethnicity/our person.Which is the reason why almost half of Kenyans live in poverty &16m are JOBLESS.The TRIBLESS hustler IMPERATIVE is a REVOLUTION in our POLITICS,” the DP Tweeted.

The latest comes just days after Ruto and Raila traded barbs over the hustler nation term.

He said the term hustler is nothing new to Kenyan politics as all the Kenyan presidents started from very humble backgrounds.

He gave the example of Kenya’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, his successor Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki who had all began from very humble starts.

“I’m the son of the late Jaramogi Odinga, his father was a peasant, look at all the Kenyan presidents, Kenyatta, Kibaki and Moi, they all began poor, they were all hustlers,” Raila said.

The former Prime Minister added that focus for all presidential hopefuls should be on what they plan to do for Kenyans.

On Sunday, Ruto pulled a fast one on the former Prime Minister and welcomed him to the hustler nation.

“Now that the country is in agreement that Kenya is a hustling nation, leaders should respect the hustle of every single Kenyan,” he said.

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