4 February 2013

Kenya: Jubilee Manifesto Targets Jobs, Food Security

The Jubilee Alliance threw its weight behind the expansion of the African Court of Justice to cover international crimes as one of its key pledges in the manifesto launched yesterday.

The manifesto anchored on three pillars -- national unity, expansion of the economy and openness in governance -- promises a vibrant foreign policy within the region as with the US, the European Union, China, Brazil, India and Russia.

"The Coalition will support the move by the African Court of Justice to expand its remit to cover international crimes," the manifesto states.

In the harmonised manifesto incorporating the issues of the main parties in the coalition - TNA, URP, Narc and the Republican Congress - the leaders pledged to resettle all IDPs, including the Mau evictees, the squatters at the Coast and those uprooted by the 2007-08 post-election violence as part of national reconciliation.

The coalition also pledged that 30 per cent of all appointees to public bodies will be women and to actively promote the appointment of the youth and marginalised groups.

Jubilee promised to transform the police by employing 15,000 officers a year, motorising the force and improving their terms and conditions of service.

The coalition pledged to reform the National Intelligence Service by investing in the anti-terrorism unit and passing a new Prevention of Terrorism Act besides creating a new Border Security Force.

"The coalition will incorporate CCTV technology in the fight against crime," the manifesto states. Jubilee pledged free primary healthcare by increasing the budget allocation from six to 15 per cent, youth empowerment by establishing Institutes of Technology in every ward, women's empowerment by repealing the constitution to abolish the nominated seats and replace them with 48 exclusively reserved for women.

On education, the coalition pledged to build more schools in marginalised areas, increase the number of teachers, introduce school feeding programmes in disadvantaged regions, provide free milk in primary schools and raise the transition rate to secondary school to 90 per cent. Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the Jubilee presidential candidate, took the opportunity to confront the issue of land.

"For too long we have talked about the land question. Now we need to find the land answer," he said. Uhuru said his government will reform the management of public land and ensure it is used in the public interest and for the benefit of all Kenyans.

He said the existence of three different categories of land -- private, public and community -- has led to skewed development across the country, with millions missing out on the benefits.

Uhuru promised to give the people the right to own the land they live on, increase food production, create more investment, improve housing and health.

"This would allow individuals to take charge of their own lives, rely on their own efforts. It would minimise disputes over ownership between individual, families and communities." Uhuru's running mate William Ruto promised to ensure the Jubilee government will put a premium on technical education and training.

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