KENYA: PRESIDENT KENYATTA, DEPUTY RUTO TO PRESENT JUBILEE ELECTION MANIFESTO

NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto will on Monday be presenting to Kenyans the Jubilee manifesto as they seek their second term in office.

The manifesto which is likely to capture successes of the Jubilee administration in the past four years in sectors such the infrastructure, healthcare and education, will also focus on job creation, free primary and secondary education among other disciplines.

President Uhuru Kenyatta while seeking the presidency in 2013 took to the podium to lay on the table pledges the Jubilee party had in store for the Kenyans.

Four years have since elapsed and the President and his deputy William Ruto will once again seek to endear the electorate to vote for them for a second term against a backdrop of their signature call for development-oriented politics.

But as they make their case before the electorate the question would be, has the Jubilee government delivered on its pre-election pledges even as they seek a renewal of their contract from Kenyans?

The Jubilee administration for a start would ride on the just completed Standard Gauge Railway that resulted in the launch of Madaraka express train that operates between Nairobi and Mombasa significantly reducing travel time for both goods and passengers.

Besides the railway line, jubilee would be dangling its list of achievements in the construction and expansion of roads.

Jubilee administration has also made strides in electricity connection with its last mile connectivity project.

The number of homesteads connected with electricity has increased not forgetting the street lighting programme in urban centres.

In the education sector, the government can boost of having restored confidence in the national examinations which for years has been shrouded by irregularities.

It has also begun the pilot program as part of the journey in scrapping 844 in favour of 26333 whose full roll-out is expected to begin in January.

Its major flagship program of the provision of laptops for class one pupils has however been slow in implementation and one whose roll out has been low key.

Free maternity services for expectant mothers and reduction of mother and child mortality is another front that the Jubilee administration has put its energy into.

However, they have faced major challenges in the health sector due to the 100-day doctors’ strike that paralysed the health sector a situation that remains a thorn in its flesh with nurses currently on strike for the third week demanding better pay.

The 2013 Jubilee manifesto promised to secure the country through equipping and modernising the security forces for effectiveness.

For the first time in history, Kenya Police Force has armoured personnel carriers and more helicopters under the Jubilee government.

The government through a lease arrangement has provided the police with assorted vehicles for easy ground mobility.

On the flipside, the Jubilee’s pledge to grow the economy to double digits is yet to materialise and the cost of living remains way beyond the reach of the common Mwananchi.

Food insecurity remains yet another challenge with a pledge to fully shift to irrigation farming appearing not to have made impressive progress following the drought that exposed nearly 2 million Kenyans to starvation.

The government still has a lot of convincing to do as food prices remain at an all-time high.

A month ago the government was forced to import maize and subsidise the cost of maize to millers in a bid to bring the cost of a 2kg bag of maize flour from 150shs to 90shs for access to the common mwananchi.

This remains the case to date.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK