3 February 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Pledges Security, Land Reforms in Manifesto

The Jubilee Coalition presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday launched his Manifesto where he spelt out transformative plans that the Jubilee government will implement from 2013 when it takes over power to the year 2017 and beyond.

Kenyatta, pledged to focus on security and land reform if he wins next month's vote.

He said he will focus on national cohesion and unity, economic transformation and transparency and accountability.

"The coalition will focus on security - keeping Kenya safe and secure, an "industrial revolution" and "land reform - towards a property-owning democracy" he said in the foreword of his manifesto.

The main pillars of the coalition Manifesto packaged as a long term strategic plan for transforming Kenya are, Umoja (National Cohesion and Unity); Uchumi (Economic transformation) and Uwazi (Transparency and accountability).

On the first pillar of Umoja, the Coalition agenda will focus on security - keeping Kenya safe and secure, trade and foreign affairs - a strong Kenya, more stable Africa.

Other aspects of Umoja are, sports and culture - investing in the world's best and creating a new economic frontier; Healthcare - investing in a healthier Kenya and preventive and primary health care.

As part of Umoja the Coalition will also concentrate in raising the standards in the education sector to competitive standards, more comprehensive access and other strategies to be unveiled on the day.

The second pillar of the Coalition - Economic Transformation focuses on growth and development - building an enterprise economy; economic opportunities - giving Kenyans a stake in the future; Manufacturing and IT - Initiating an Industrial revolution; Tourism and Commerce-maximizing our potential and diversifying the tourism product and visitation through more intense marketing.

Other aspects of this pillar include Land Reform - Towards a Property owning democracy, Energy - Power for all, Agriculture - A green revolution aided by irrigation and mechanized farming, Water - Massive Investment to guarantee Access to Clean and safe water.

Others include, Food Security - Ensuring a hunger free nation through a network of creative investments: Environment - opening up to new innovative and creative initiatives to protect and sustain the environment; Transport - Unveiling a modern 21st century transport system and Housing - Decent homes for all Kenyans.

The Third Pillar of the Coalition is Uwazi - Transparency and Accountability which will focus on stamping out all forms of corruption through strategies to be unveiled and presented on the day, good governance - drawing fresh relations with key groups and organization to keep the state in check and devolution - unveiling new investments and handing true power to the people.

The Manifesto will not only lay out the plan and commitments by the Jubilee Coalition once it forms the government, but will also lay out a financing charter on how the Coalition government plans to finance each of the key pillars and pledges in the Manifesto.

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