NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 14 (Reuters) – As the clock approaches the Aug. 9 general election, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party has launched a vigorous campaign to sell its bottom-up economic policies with a series of listening tours .
The head of the party’s economic department, Dr. David Ndii and his team spent most of Monday morning meeting over 2,000 delegates in Nyeri from all sectors of the economy.
Briefing the press on the sidelines of the talks, Ndii said the move to involve people on the ground aims to ensure locals understand the policy, which is the first of its kind in the country.
“The reason we want people to tell us their problems from their economic perspective is to make sure they own the document by understanding and embracing the bottom-up policy,” Ndii said.
He said the reason for the stagnation of the country’s economy is the fact that a lot of money is spent on development rather than wealth creation.
“As a country, we are listed among five countries that can be auctioned. The reason is that most borrowed money is used for development rather than pumped to create wealth through the common man, which is the basis of our policy,” Ndii said.
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua said the views, once gathered, will form the basis of an economic blueprint and commitment between Deputy President William Ruto, the UDA’s presumptive presidential nominee, and the people.
“As residents of Nyeri, we will present our demands to Ruto. Once we agree, we will sign an agreement with him before the elections so that if we elect him president, he must fulfill our agreement,” Gachagua said.