• Mwaure said he has nothing against the bottom-up economic model but he has a problem with the implementers.
• For Wajackoyah, Mwaure said his policy on legalising bhang was contrary to society's morals.
Agano party presidential candidate Mwaure Waihiga on Thursday tore into Roots party and Kenya Kwanza manifestos.
In a press statement on Thursday, Mwaure claimed Roots party presidential candidate George Wajackoyah and Kenya Kwanza's William Ruto have turned their presidential campaigns into 'criminal enterprises'.
Regarding Ruto's bottom-up agenda, Mwaure said he has nothing against the economic model but he has a problem with the implementers.
“I believe it is the way to go. The bottom is supposed to represent the mama mbogas, the boda-bodas, the kiosk vendors and other small hustles. I believe these are what constitute the bottom,” he said.
He accused Ruto, who has always pledged to support the mama mbogas and boda bodas through his bottom-up economic model, of using state funds in campaigning.
“My three competitors should shape up and bring real solutions to the table,” he said.
For Wajackoyah, Mwaure said his policy on legalising bhang was contrary to society's morals.
"It is not acceptable that he encourages drug trafficking and consumption, the planting of bhang in public places and suspending the constitution," he said.
Wajackoyah said, if elected, he will legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in order to generate revenue.
He argued that if Kenyans are allowed to grow bhang for export, that would likely increase money circulation in the economy, claiming that a sack can be sold for $3.2 million.
"The solution for the national debt is growing marijuana which will enable this country to clear all the outstanding debt," he said.
But Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops dismissed his policy, saying Kenyans should not vote for politicians who are proposing policies that seek to legalise drug abuse.
He defended himself, saying the church leaders should read and understand his manifesto before criticizing it.
Mwaure, on the other hand, criticized him "for insulting church leaders."
The presidential candidate further noted that if elected, he will make it possible for a president to be removed from office if he is incapable to perform the functions of the office of the president.
He told his competitors that a presidential election should be a contest of ideas but not an opportunity to parade private vices.