An innovator has moved to court to stop Deputy President William Ruto, top government officials, and other politicians from using the Bottom Up slogan claiming that it infringes his property intellectual right.
Jacob Muting’a Kioko says the Bottom up economy structure is his brainchild and that it has been hijacked by top government officials who declined to implement it when he inaugurated it in 2013.
Kioko has presented in court a litany of correspondence to the President, Deputy President, CS Industrialization Enterprise and Development, the Speaker of National Assembly, and the Attorney General.
He says none of the top government officials bothered to address the issues he had raised only for Deputy President William Ruto to hijack his economic structure idea and run around the country claiming that when he ascends to power he will improve the economic status of the youth, mama mboga(vegetable sellers) and poverty-stricken Kenyans.
“Over two decades the innovator has done what is humanly possible to get the political goodwill to implement his proposal without any success,” the petitioner said.
“I wrote to the five top government officers including the President his Deputy, CS Ministry of Industrialization, the Speaker National Assembly and the Attorney General to adopt my proposed economic structure without success,” Kioko says.
Kioko is urging the High Court to intervene and order that he be compensated for the use of his brainchild slogan, Bottom Up economy saying it is an infringement of his rights for his patent idea.
“I urge this court to stop the government from use of the term Bottom Up economy slogan as a political gimmick, slogan or for any other purpose by any parties besides the innovator’s intended purpose of promoting the goals of the DUGWI innovation, “Kioko petitioned the court.
Kioko tells the court that the proponents and opponents of the Bottom up economy structure are abusing the policy through misinforming supporters who turn up in thousands for their rallies.
“Both proponents and opponents of this gross misconception of the new economic approach are grossly misleading the public. Both parties are in complete darkness regarding the structure to improve the economic status of poor Kenyans, they are bitter rivals on the same which, neither of them understands,” Kioko states in his court papers.