25 February 2013

Kenya: This Is What We Will Do for You

Nairobi — "I will aim to ensure that every Kenyan lives in a permanent stone house; two or three bedroom, with light, water and toilet inside," was Safina's party presidential candidate Paul Muite's promise to Kenyans if elected as the next president as he gave his final word during the second presidential debate on Monday.

With only six days left for Kenyans to go to the ballot, the eight candidates promised to improve the lives of Kenyans with much focus being on implementation of the Constitution, fighting poverty through job creation, education and a renewed war on graft.

"I would first of all do a forensic audit on our real debt, because I believe there is genuine and bogus debt. I would focus on economic, social policies that would uplift the lives of the majority of the Kenyan people," added Muite.

CORD alliance flag-bearer Prime Minister Raila Odinga told Kenyans to vote him as the next president of the republic of Kenya to bring reforms that will spur economic growth.

Odinga believes that he is experienced since he has been in leadership for long and understands some of the key challenges that ail the Kenyan people.

"We should deal with the issues of wastage of resources, food production, infrastructure, issues of bureaucracy and corruption to create a much more efficient economy. My running mate and I are best fitted," Odinga pleaded with Kenyans.

Narc-Kenya candidate Martha Karua insisted that Kenyans deserve her leadership because she would fight corruption which has had adverse impact on the country's development.

"I look at my grandchild, I see unlimited hope and unlimited potential. This is the dream of every parent and every grandparent. This country needs you and me; a committed strong and firm leadership," emphasised Karua, who is the only female presidential candidate.

United Democratic Forum candidate Musalia Mudavadi said most of the contenders had made pledges which they could not deliver, pleading with Kenyans to vote for him instead as he was different.

"Many commitments are being put on the table but the financing end part of it is not articulated. I will provide a realistic agenda where the private sector and the Kenyans are fully included," Mudavadi promised.

Eagle alliance flag bearer Peter Kenneth and Restore and Build Kenya (RBK) candidate James ole Kiyiapi believe that the country would change if only Kenyans voted a fresh breed of leaders.

"The world has changed; the old ways will not do it. Only a new order and transformational leadership," Kenneth said.

Their sentiments were supported by Mohamed Abduba Dida, who is vying for the seat on an Alliance for Real Change ticket.

"I want to apologise to all Kenyans for bad governance, what leaders have done for that long. We have a God who cares for all of us; consult your God for the right decision," Dida advised.

This entry was posted in Kenya, Kenya Poll Watch, Top stories on February 25, 2013 by MARGARET WAHITO.


Margaret has been a business reporter for the past three years. She is currently pursuing a degree in Communications and Public Relations at Moi University. She holds a diploma in film and video production from the Kenya institute of Mass Communications. Apart from journalism, she has interest in community work, especially helping the disadvantaged.

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