Deputy President William Ruto has promised to revamp the fishing and agricultural sectors in the Western region, integrating the sectors’ revival blueprint into his larger bottom-up agenda.

Ruto, who kick started his charm offensive of the Nyanza region, told all presidential aspirants to mainstream the economic agenda for the benefit of the common man.

The three-day tour is expected to culminate into the signing of a charter with leaders from the region on what his government would deliver should he succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in the coming poll.

“Bwana naibu sisi tumekuwa na shida hapa hata hatuwezi kufanya biashara sababu wale brokers wanakuja wanabeba mchele yetu alafu wanapotea sasa sisi ata kama tunalima mchele hatuna pesa,” pleaded Silvester Okebe, a farmer.

“If you sit on that chair, consider us rice farmers so that we can get the right markets, and we can get a factory so that we can pack it.”

DP Ruto said: “Too many people are working too hard and earning very little, yet this region can actually be the region that can grow for us what we can use to close the gaps of imports that cost up to Ksh.180 billion every year.”

In popularising his bottom-up economic model, the DP also took note of the existing efforts by various leaders to enhance the growth of the micro enterprises, bashing the recent demolitions witnessed in Kisumu that left thousands of traders displaced.

He called on the electorate to scrutinise the manifesto of all presidential contenders and shun voting along ethnic lines

“You vote for your interests, and that is why I am saying tuwache hii siasa ya kelele nyingi… mtu anakuja ati hee haaa mara riaa unapiga kura mwisho you have nothing to show, hapana, hiyo noo,” said the DP.

Ruto is expected to hold rallies at the Kondele market in Kisumu before proceeding to Homa Bay and Migori counties over the next two days in his charm offensive of the Nyanza region.

By Citizen Digital

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