The Star (Nairobi)

6 November 2012

Kenya: Kenneth Delivered Genuine Manifesto

editorial

PETER Kenneth is an outsider in the race for the presidency but in one respect he is the front runner. Kenneth launched his campaign on Sunday with a detailed political manifesto.

His five point programme included giving the police better equipment and better pay; building more roads and railways and a bridge in Likoni; create valley dams in every county; build a national polytechnic and a hospital for every county; accelerate East African economic integration; give more ICT training to the youth; and restore fiscal discipline and the rule of law.

That is in stark contrast to the vague promises of Raila Odinga that he will 'implement the constitution in full' and Uhuru Kenyatta who will give us 'change we can believe in'.

Most candidates now seem to be focusing on ethnic arithmetic and the coalitions that can deliver 50 per cent plus one vote.

The media is to some extent complicit in this process, with headlines that focus on 'Ruto deals with Uhuru' or 'Kalonzo talks to Raila'. The media emphasises the soap opera of personalities than than the substantive issues.

So congrats to Peter Kenneth for coming up with a solid manifesto. Let the other aspirants now follow suit.

Quote of the day: "Here in Jerusalem, I believe with perfect faith that he was leading his people to that Promised Land" - President Bill Clinton referring to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who was buried on November 6, 1995 after being assassinated by a Jewish extremist.

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