28 January 2013

Kenya: Cord Unveils 10-Point Manifesto

Nairobi — Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday launched the alliance's manifesto pegged on a 10-point programme.

Odinga said he intends to enhance land reforms, food security, universal healthcare and fight poverty if he is chosen to succeed President Mwai Kibaki in the March 4 election.

"We want to build an economy that works for everyone. This is what is contained in this manifesto. Jobs remain top on our priority. Today, we launch a 10 point agenda for our people," he said.

He said his administration will restructure the agricultural sector with key points being ensuring food security as well as encouraging investments in other urban centres such as Kakamega and Garissa.

"We will start production of fertilizers in the country and we will not be deterred in protecting our water towers," Odinga said.

He said that the CORD government will restructure youth and women funds to make them more accessible.

Odinga said that his government will restructure the police force saying that those who messed with it cannot be relied upon to reform it.

Odinga also pledged to transform the public service within his first 100 days in power.

He said the CORD government will spend the first days clearing the bureaucratic red tape in the public sector to facilitate the implementation of government policies.

"Radical transformation of our public service is the only way to ensure that the government works for the people. This will therefore be one of my priorities in the first 100- days in State House," The CORD flag-bearer said.

The coalition's running mate Kalonzo Musyoka said the manifesto represents Kenya's ideals which will deliver Kenya to greater heights of development.

"The alliance represents Kenya's ideals. Forces of division who want to balkanise Kenya will be defeated," Musyoka said.

"CORD will address the historical injustices where a few individuals own huge tracts of land while others are squatters. CORD will also implement the constitutional provisions in addressing land matters as we appreciate the sanctity of title deeds," said the VP.

He described the CORD alliance as the true face of Kenya and said its presidency will unite the nation and eradicate negative ethnicity which has continued to hold the country back.

Musyoka added that under CORD leadership, land based economic activities including agriculture, mining, forestry and ranching would be revamped to contribute boost national economy.

On the education sector, the vice president indicated that the CORD government will recruit more teachers to correct the teacher-pupil ratio, review school curriculum, link education to job market and industry give attention to gender issues and special needs as well as review employment terms of teachers and lectures among other reforms.

Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula said the election provided Kenya with the opportunity to choose a leadership that will realise the dreams of our independence fathers.

"We are going to shape a new future of Kenya. It is the defining moment," he said.

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