Deputy President William Ruto and William Ruto [Photo: William Ruto/Twitter]

Deputy President William Ruto and singer Wilson Abubakar Radido aka Willy Paul will partner in a bid to make the creative economy flourish. The DP hosted Willy Paul at his Karen residence where the two discussed how music and other spheres of entertainment can impact society positively. DP Ruto emphasized his desire to invest in the dreams of young people as he continues to support the ‘hustlers’. “We are investing in the dreams of young people through creative arts with the appreciation that music, dance, drama, and more can promote positive and powerful economic and social transformation in our society.

“During an engagement with Wilson Abubakar Radido, popularly known as Willy Paul of the popular hit song “Sitolia”. We agreed to partner in our journey to make the creative economy flourish, Karen, Nairobi County,” tweeted DP Ruto. This comes just a day after Ruto was jeered at the Bomas of Kenya during the BBI launch. Several speakers including COTU Secretary-General Francis Atwoli and Youth Representative Alex Matere trashed his initiative of giving out wheelbarrows in the 21st century saying leaders should invest in more progressive programmes.

DP William Ruto hosted Willy Paul at his Karen residence [Photo: WilliamRuto/Twitter]

In his defense, Ruto said the fact that wheelbarrows were still being used by youths to earn a living means there are many jobless Kenyans who are being overlooked by the government. His sentiments did not go down well with some of the leaders present at the function as they chanted, “Respect the President.”

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During the launch, the DP called for dialogue before the BBI is passed and poked holes on a number of issues, including how inclusivity and appointment of IEBC commissioners will be addressed. “I've confessed I’m a scientist but I’m a bit slow. Explain to me how having a President who will appoint the Prime Minister from the winning coalition & runners up being opposition leader will sort out the ‘winner-take-it-all’ question. Forgive me if I’m slow,” he said.

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