ICT CS Mucheru hits out at Ruto’s wheelbarrow narrative

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on Tuesday told the youth to reject the wheelbarrow narrative being fronted by Deputy President William Ruto in his campaigns for the presidency.

The CS, for the second time in a month, accused the DP of promising the youth outdated solutions to modern economic challenges.

Mr Mucheru said Kenya’s youthful population has the power to make a difference and chart the future of the country and should therefore be wary of leaders propagating such analogue ideologies.

Dr Ruto has been attempting to lure the youth bloc with several initiatives, mainly targeting the informal sector, as he spreads his “hustler” narrative powered by wheelbarrows, carts, welding machines, sewing machines, water tanks and salon equipment.

“Do not believe those who tell you that your time will come at some ill-defined time in the distant future. Your time is now and today,” Mr Mucheru told young people during a visit to the Isiolo youth innovation centre.

The facility was established by the Kenya School of Government (KSG) in partnership with the county government.

Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti

Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti speaks during in Isiolo town on September 14, 2021. He accused DP Ruto of lying to the youth through his Hustler narrative.

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Not a ‘hustler’

Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti said Dr Ruto should stop lying to Kenyans that he is a “hustler” whereas he owns several choppers and thousands of acres of land.

“Where will the wheelbarrow take you to?” Dr Kuti posed while voicing support for President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying they (leaders) will follow the political direction he will give them.

CS Mucheru said it was unfortunate that some leaders want the youth to slave every day and remain poor so that they can easily manipulate them for their selfish interests. He asked the youth to make the right decisions in the 2022 General Elections, saying they have numbers in their favour.

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