1 February 2013

Kenya: Jobs, Food and Security Top Jubilee Manifesto

JUBILEE coalition will priotitise job creation, food security, health-care, education and security, according to its manisfesto to be launchen on Sunday. Other issues the alliance will give priority are programmes to boost the youth and women .

Jubilee flag-bearer Uhuru Kenyatta say the manifesto underscores their plans to transform Kenya under the banner themes of Umoja (national cohesion), Uchumi (economic transformation) and Uwazi (transparency in governance).

He says his government will focus on creating and distribution of wealth through creation of jobs and opportunities for investments.

"Our philosophy, policies and programmes aim to transform the way politics is conducted in Kenya and Africa as a whole. We seek to unleash the energy, dynamism and strength of the Kenyan people," Uhuru is quoted as saying in the manifesto.

The Jubilee team says that issues of food and water, healthcare, education, women empowerment and wealth creation as its priority and promises that they "will no longer be any other business (AOB) items on their government's agenda."

Jubilee also says that economic development through devolution will be a key priority and promises to fast-track the transition to County governments.

The draft also says that enhanced infrastructure development and the reduction of the cost of energy will help create more jobs while improving the economy.

"We shall robustly combat corruption through transparency, accountability and rule of law. We shall support governance institutions to ensure they effectively execute their mandate," the manifesto says.

The coalition says that it will also focus on tackling food insecurity by providing funds to mechanise agriculture and introducing new irrigation schemes to open up more land. Jubilee will also give Kenyans the right to a 99 year lease on a 20 acre homestead.

According to Ruto, the Jubilee manifesto will focus to turning the over 2.5 million acres of uncultivated land in the country into productive land.

Jubilee's key priorities are empowering farmers to ensure that they get more out of their activities and this he says will be done through subsidies and elimination of middlemen.

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