At the risk of sounding partisan, let us discuss one aspect of Deputy President William Ruto’s Hustler Nation narrative that makes a lot of sense.
Politicians opposed to this school of thought have termed it as backward thinking and glorification of poverty, but perhaps we are missing the DP’s point.
As Africans, we are taught, both at home and school, to become self-reliant adults.
We are also taught that nothing in life comes easy, so we have adapted to the “it is always darkest before sunrise” ideology.
The aspect of hustling that DP Ruto and his brigade should sell the most, if they want to sail through 2022 on the poor wananchi’s votes, is the promise of success after hard work, in other words, enjoying the fruits of their labor.
If you award me a wheelbarrow, how will the tool help me advance in the short term and the long term?
Remember in Kenya, we have a lot of practical business skills, but almost zero creativity.
So the DP should not just be dishing out wheelbarrows, he should also hold empowerment sessions to teach the recipients how to turn the wheelbarrows into the luxury vehicles and aircraft his team cruises in.
The Hustler Nation card was the right one for the DP to play, in a country full of economically struggling voters, and if a little more salt is sprinkled on the crusade, the new money gang stands a fighting chance against our other leaders, who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Sad Day Ahead? Kenyans Wake up to Heartbreaking Reports of another Deadly Disease Outbreak
The government of Kenya is currently battling a number of national calamities.
To begin with, the global coronavirus pandemic is still a major threat as the nation walks a tight rope to the vaccine.
Even so, health experts say the vaccine is not a silver bullet against covid-19. The nation is also struggling with the locust outbreak. Farms have been destroyed, sources of livelihood compromised as these insects invade the nation.
Raila will be on 2022 ballot, ODM confirms
ODM leader Raila Odinga has initiated an elaborate plan to rejuvenate his run for State House as the Orange party confirmed for the first time he’ll be on the ballot in 2022.
The party has embarked on an aggressive grassroots revival as Raila prepares for a do-or-die battle against his fiercest rival Deputy President William Ruto.
The party will revamp all 47 county branches, replace officials who have exited, fill vacancies and energise the rank and file.
UDA to open Hustlers Centre in Eldoret, critics rattled
Deputy President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance is setting up a major regional nerve center in Eldoret, as Rift Valley politicians jostle to join the new movement.
Already, UDA officials have paid two years’ rent for an office block in the posh Elgon View Estate and renamed it Hustlers’ Centre North Rift branch.
Painting with UDA’s yellow and green colors and partitioning work is ongoing at the office block.
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