BY NAMULONGO PETER/JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,2017-The along waited day finally came on Monday 26th June with the Jubilee party unveiling its manifesto for the next five year.
At a colorful ceremony held at the Kasarani stadium bringing together all cabinet secretaries and Jubilee supporters,president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto laid bare what they have achieved in the last four years.
Every CS was accorded time to elaborate what his or her ministry had achieved.President Uhuru Kenyatta promising to be more accountable in manning public resources invest in ICT and small and medium enterprises as away of creating job opportunities.
We will work towards high, rapid and inclusive economic growth, to create wealth and reduce inequalities and thus improve the lives of all citizens,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said. In the manifesto Uhuru says his government will reduce the cost of living for Mwananchi by stabilising the cost of food, energy and transport. “In the short term, we will ensure that no Kenyan will die from famine and the effects of the recent drought are mitigated by working with the private sector to import and distribute additional grain,” he said.
Jubilee will also target improving Kenya’s global ranking (92nd) on Doing Business Indicators to within the top 50 and further lower the cost of doing business for both domestic and foreign investors.
In the next five years, Jubilee says it will also install street lights in all urban centers to facilitate the 24-hour economy and ensure that by 2020 all Kenyans will be connected to electricity either from the national grid or an off-grid source.
Unlike the previous manifesto that clearly promised double digit growth, the Jubilee administration has avoided to be tied down by a specific figure. “Kenya’s economic growth over the last four years has been resilient and robust, reaching a high of 5.8 per cent in 2016 and exceeding the African average of 1.5 per cent,” the manifesto says.
In the first term, the Jubilee administration says a total of Sh25 billion has been transferred to the medium and small enterprises through Youth, Uwezo and Women enterprise funds according to a summary of its manifesto.
This it says has provided support to close to 15 million people who have been enabled to set up businesses and provide for their families as a result. The Jubilee administration also promised to construct the Mombasa-Nairobi six lane highway toll road which it says together with the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will transform the 450 kilometers between the two cities into one large and vibrant economic zone.
It also plans to construct the second phase of the SGR from Nairobi to Naivasha, ensuring that at least 40 per cent of the contract value is allocated to Kenyan companies. The jubilee government will also complete the development of new power plants currently under construction including the 310 MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Plant (the largest wind power plant in Africa), and the two units in Olkaria that will add another 210 MW to the grid.
Jubilee also says that it will ensure that by 2022, at least 1 million entrepreneurs in the Jua Kali sector, which contributes close to 25 per cent of the GDP will have become established as formal enterprises. The sector employs 11 million Kenyans, 50 per cent of the country’s workforce.
As part of its initiative to build what it is calling the blue economy, Jubilee says it will now build fishing ports in Shimoni, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu expected to create 12,000 jobs and add Sh20 billion to the country’s GDP. It will also raise Kenya’s per capita consumption of fish from the current 4.6kg per person every year to the African average of 10 kg per person every year. The opposition coalition NASA will launch its Manifesto on Tuesday 27th June,2017 at the Bomas of Kenya.
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