Deputy President William Ruto has said Kenya Kwanza Alliance will invest Sh100 billion to make sure young people have jobs in manufacturing, agro-processing, value addition, and housing when it forms the next government.
Speaking at Kamkunji grounds in Nairobi, the presidential aspirant said the country is facing inequality which has been brought about by the economy stating that the current economic model is to blame for the high level of poverty in the country.
He said the current system has made it possible for only a few people to get absurdly rich while condemning millions of ordinary Kenyans to poverty.
“Our friends in Azimio are telling us the problem of the country is poverty but I want to tell them the problem with Kenya is inequality. The model of economy we have run for the last 60 years and even the president of America Joe Biden now says the trickle-down model has not only failed in America but has also failed in Kenya,” he said.
“It has created a few billionaires and millions of ordinary citizens and that is why were saying, in this election, we’re voting for the economy, we’re voting for the bottom-up economic model that will lift citizens of our nation,” he added.
He said his administration will change the economic model to give all Kenyans equal opportunity should he win the August 9 elections.
The Alliance held a mega rally at Kamkunji after being cleared to run for the country’s top seat by Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC).
The UDA presidential flagbearer drummed up support for Kenya Kwanza candidates telling residents to vote for only aspirants contesting on the coalition’s tickets.
He was accompanied by his running mate Rigathi Gachagua, Kenya Kwanza co-principals Musalia Mudavadi, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, and nominated Senator Millicent Omanga.