David Ndii strongly countered Ex-Chief Justice Willy Mutunga’s assertion that the people should revolt to take back their country.
Mutunga, while commenting on the frequent demolition of buildings in Kenya, opined that a revolution was the only way to reject oppression.
“It must take a revolution for the people of Kenya to be the owners of this country,” Mutunga, famous for making controversial declarations, stated.
Ndii, the chairperson of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), trivialized Mutunga’s rallying call.
Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at Spice FM during the interview on February 11, 2021.
The Standard The economic expert argued that the former CJ was still stuck in the 1970s when Kenya rose from colonialism’s shackles.
“We have achieved political democracy; our struggle is for economic democracy. Prof here is stuck in 1975,” Ndii asserted, citing Mutunga’s activism which dates back to the 1990s.
He stated that Kenyans could not take back a country they already owned.
“We own our country. 90 per cent of Kenyans are property owners – land, livestock, kiosk, changaa distillery and more,” he told Mutunga.
A section of Kenyans disagreed with Ndii, a close ally of President William Ruto.
“True ownership is the ownership of productive resources, land and capital which is controlled by the 10 per cent minority,” Michael Obaga opined.
“True country ownership is free to access to education and healthcare, the drivers of human capital,” another comment read.
Yosef Holi wrote in defence of Mutunga, stating, “What he means is not the 10 per cent of the wealthiest Kenyans owning 90 per cent of the wealth but a redistribution of that wealth across the highly productive 90 per cent of Kenyans that provide the labour to sustain the rich but do not get paid enough to provide for their families.”
Owiti Nyong’a, seemingly agreeing with Yosef, noted, “90 per cent of Kenyans are property owners, valueless non-wealth generating property.”
“Less than 10 per cent of Kenyans own more than 90 per cent of prime property in Kenya. The number is 6 or 9 depending on your perspective.”
A recent debate on Ruto’s first 100 days in office elected mixed reactions, with a section of Kenyans claiming that the head of state was slow in fulfilling his pledges.
Ruto, who reduced fertiliser from Ksh6,500 to Ksh3,500, launched affordable housing projects among many projects and was criticised for failing to reduce Unga prices from Ksh200 to Ksh70.
The head of state requested one more year to fulfil the promise, with his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, claiming that they inherited a broken economy.
President William Ruto with Economist David Ndii and Sports CS Ababu Namwamba in Washington DC, on March 3, 2022.
Courtesy Ababu Namwamba Twitter