President Uhuru Kenyatta has launched Jubilee manifesto that would be his core focus in his new term should he win August 8 elections.
Addressing Jubilee delegates at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on Monday, President Kenyatta said his government has laid the foundation for a vibrant and modern Kenya that provides a platform to for great potential.
Among the pledges that the President made include creation of over 6.5 million jobs in the next five years (1.3 million every year) and establish at least one industry in every county to improve living standards of Kenyans.
Also in the Jubilee manifesto is the establishment of a government-sponsored apprenticeship programme of up to 12 months for all university and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates.
“If re-elected, the Jubilee government will expand the free primary school programme to now include free day and public secondary schools. We will also ensure every citizen is connected to reliable and affordable electricity by 2020,” he said.
“The government will also expand free maternity care to include government funded NHIF cover for every expectant mother for one year, facilitate mass housing production of at least 500,000 affordable homes in 5 years and reduce construction by at least 50 per cent.”
Improve food security
President Kenyatta, further vowed to expand food and agricultural production, double the fertilizer subsidy initiative, reduce cost of farming to less than Ksh1,500 and support expansion of local fertilizer manufacturers.
“My government will also complete the 57-large-scale dam construction programme, support small-holder agricultural irrigation and work with private sector to enhance food and agricultural production on at least 1.2 million acres.
To curb corruption, President Kenyatta stated that he would ensure transparency and accountability through the digitization of all government procurement, expand and deliver e-government services through the growing network of Huduma Centres.
He further noted that his government will build a 21st century hi-tech industrial revolution to help improve the country’s transport, ICT and energy infrastructure so that the country can attract global industry and create hi-the jobs.
“The Jubilee government has already delivered improved security, economic stability and jobs. We have expanded access to affordable health care and modernized public service. But we now need to redouble our efforts to build upon the foundations of success. The task is not complete. The work must continue and should not be derailed,” he said.
“I seek to continue to serve as President of our great country because I have the vision, experience and skills and trust to deliver the stability, continuity and responsible governance that our country needs at this critical moment in our development journey.”
The Jubilee manifesto launch was attended by Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, Jubilee candidates and delegates from across the country.