Hustler has become a common term in the country, whose politicisation has triggered mixed reactions.
Dictionaries have interesting and controversial definitions of the word hustler, but in our politics it has been defined as: “A Hardworking person, who is doing manual jobs to make ends meet.”
In fact, Deputy President William Ruto, who is eyeing the top seat, has branded the 2022 presidential race as “Hustlers Vs Dynasties” fight. According to the DP and his allies, dynasties are rich individuals, who enjoy opulence, courtesy of their parents.
On Tuesday, 20th October, the country marked the annual Mashujaa Day at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County, where heroes and heroines were honoured.
Before President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga took to the podium to address the nation, there were some electrifying performances and a feature story to make the day even more memorable.
In the feature, a number of heroes and heroines, including the late Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Mathaai were recognised.
After the piece running on the big screens ended, one of the two emcees, veteran radio presenter Fred Obachi Machoka, added other heroes to the official list.
The broadcaster mentioned people, whom the Jubilee Party Tangatanga camp politicians have defined as hustlers.
“We have so many other heroes. If you are a boda boda operator or someone pushing a handcart, you are a hero,” he said.
The camera, however, did not capture the mood of the people’s reaction to Machoka’s statement.
In recent days, DP Ruto has been donating wheelbarrows and handcarts in what he refers to as the “Empowerment of the Hustlers”
His initiative has sparked robust conversations, as some argue that a wheelbarrow cannot empower a university graduate in the 21st century.