NAIROBI, Kenyan President Kenyatta Monday has unveiled his ruling Jubilee Party’s manifesto for the Aug 8 general election, featuring a robust plan to continue the country’s journey to prosperity, centred on more jobs and rapid industrialisation.

The Jubilee Party Manifesto for 2017 was unveiled at a colourful ceremony at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani here Monday with President Kenyatta speaking of his administration’s achievements in the last four and half years which have set a firm foundation for the empowerment of Kenya’s 45 million population.

We wish to give you a government that works with, and empowers the people. We will empower the 45 million people so that they can stand up for themselves without depending on the government and donors, said the President, who listed achievements such as the completion of the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway, more than 7,000 kilometres of roads constructed since 2013, expanded electricity connections, enhanced generation and distribution of power, re-opening of vehicle assembly plants, and improved global standing in terms of doing business among.

He said the focus of the Jubilee Government in the next five years will be to create more jobs and wealth through proper policies and financing to speed up the industrialisation of the country.

Employment creation is at the heart of the next Jubilee Administration’s priorities. We commit to creating at least 6.5 million jobs over five years to ensure that our people, particularly our youth, can secure and maintain good jobs that enable them to enjoy a decent life, he said.

We are building a 21st Century hi-tech industrial revolution in Kenya. Our plan is to continue to develop our nation’s transport, ICT and energy infrastructure so that Kenya attracts global industry and, with it, a huge expansion in sustainable, high quality, hi-tech jobs for everyone, young and old.

Stressing that his government’s record for the last four years is worthy of support, he added: Nations are not built on dreams. They are built on visions that are turned into reality. In the last four years we have laid the foundation for our country to move to the next stage.”

The party has unveiled a 10-point plan to propel the country’s transformational development, anchored on three pillars.

Jubilee’s 10-point manifesto include: creating 1.3 million jobs every year in the next five years, working with county governments to establish at least one industry in every county, establishing a government-sponsored apprenticeship programme of up to 12 months for all graduates, and doubling the number of vulnerable citizens supported through the cash transfer programme (Inua Jamii) from 700,000 to 1,400,000.

The party also pledged to expand food and agricultural production, double the fertilizer subsidy initiative, to complete the 57-large-scale dam construction programme, support smallholder agricultural irrigation and work with the private sector to enhance food and agricultural production on at least 1.2 million acres.

It committed to making government more transparent and accountable through the digitisation of all government procurement; and expanding and delivering e-government services through the growing network of Huduma Centres.