For some of us who have chosen to move back to the village, they are words that are, at the very least, disappointing, and at worst, offensive.
|Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto (Photo: World Trade Organization)|
How would a leader who thinks it is unwise to invest his own money in a village decide it is important for government to invest in rural communities?
Kenya's rural residents account for 74 percent of the country's population. The proportion for other East African Community member countries is 68 for Tanzania, 88 for Burundi, 70 for Rwanda, 81 for South Sudan, and 84 for Uganda. That's a significant proportion of East Africans.
A leader speaks for every citizen. He may have pleased his fellow investors by his comments, but he most certainly could not have pleased the majority of rural people living in rural areas who may have fooled themselves into believing that their interests coincide with their leader's interests.