Kandara MP Alice Wahome was at pains this morning, 28th July, to explain a slogan Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have been popularising.
Appearing on Citizen TV’s breakfast show, Wahome was asked to define in simple terms what ‘bottom-up’ economic model that DP Ruto is marketing means.
She took the challenge but flopped badly.
“It’s by working from the bottoms down…yeah you know…from top to bottom,” she said.
The interviewer, Sam Gituku, also asked her to explain who a ‘hustler’ is.
“You know 85 per cent of Kenyans are hustlers. These are people who have been forgotten,” she said.
The lawmaker was pressed further to break down how DP Ruto would change the lives of the so-called ‘hustlers’ if he becomes President next year.
“For example let’s talk about a boda boda rider. We will reduce taxes for him or even decide not to tax him at all. You know this is a person, who is aspiring to own his vehicle or a supermarket some day,” she said.
Critics capitalised on Wahome’s alleged cluelessness to mock the ‘bottom-up’ approach and its champions.
The anti-Ruto online brigade stormed social media platforms claiming that the Tangatanga team was engaging in “empty sloganeering”.
Have a look at these comments we have sampled for you:
@Wambui: “Alice Wahome just said Bottom-Up is by working from the bottom-down-Up-to-bottom-top-to-down! And that is in simplified terms! I’m feeling dizzy! I can’t stop laughing.”
Amakanji Thomas: “Alice Wahome cabinet secretary of finance in Ruto’s administration failed to explain the bottom-up approach even after David Ndii coaching her the whole night prior to the interview.”
Wahinya Charles: “Alice Wahome went on National Television to embarrass herself. Such a pity to the people of Murang’a!”
Ohomo Evans: “They should hire Nicky Minaj. Only her can explain what this bottoms-up is all about.”
Junior Ibrahim: “Tanga Tanga themselves are confused about the so-called bottom-up economic model. Haha!”
However, DP Ruto’s economic strategist, David Ndii, came to the defence of Wahome, saying people should stop magnifying small issues.
“It’s clear. #BottomUpEconomics is a political ideology, not a policy programme. We’ve shifted discourse from identity politics—reggae, tribal kingpins ‘our turn in State House’ and all that to politics of the economy. Are you Top/trickle-down OR #BottomUpEconomicsKE
Rest is detail,” the economist said.