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Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 16:11 EATtkimani@kenyafreepress.com
NASA launched its 5 year plan at the Ngong Racecourse club last night that pegged on the seven pillars. The manifesto mainly focused on social justices, enhancing devolution and uniting Kenyans. The launch comes a day after Jubilee launched its manifesto.
The Orange Democratic Movement Presidential candidate Raila Odinga said that the NASA government will establish a commission that will deal with historical injustices, extrajudicial killings, victims of police brutality and create opportunity for women in creating gender development fund under the women representative in each county.
The Opposition manifesto talked about infrastructure with Raila saying that the NASA government would improve modernized infrastructure in the country and construct a dual road from Mombasa-Nairobi-Nakuru-Kisumu-Busia-Malaba-Eldoret. “We will ensure all roads constructed have provisions of pedestrians and cyclists.” They’ll also construct an electric train from Mombasa-Nairobi-Naivasha-Eldoret-Kisumu-Kakamega all to Malaba connecting Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia to ease trade.
They promised to create more jobs especially to the youth through empowerment whereby 70 per cent of the Kenyans populations are aged below 30 years. This will be through skills training, access to capital so that they can have an opportunity to be able to be well creators and employers rather to be employment seekers.
The NASA flag-bearer said that his government should he win would ensure change on how Kenyans are governed. “Every Kenyan citizen will get equal opportunity everywhere when it comes to access to employment” he pointed out.
In matters of education, NASA Pentagon Member Mr Musalia Mudavadi said that the basic education (nursery to form 4) will be free to every Kenyan and will take immediate effect from September if elected with Sh60 billion to be set to fund the education. He added that the government will eliminate the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) so that transition to secondary level is genuine and everyone is there. The Higher Education Loan Board (HELB) will also be resourced appropriately so that it can take at least 2 weeks to get the loans.
They ensured adequate training for all ICT teachers for all schools in collaboration with all County government in each and every school and have a constructed and equipped computer lab. NASA will scrap the Jubilee flagship project, the school laptop project funded by the Jubilee government if elected.
“In 2030, 64 per cent of Kenyans will live in urban areas by accelerating proper urban growths in all the 47 counties. It will help in creating hubs that will become traffic generators for the economy spread out across the country” said Mr Mudavadi.
The NASA team promised to provide adequate police ratio to cater for security and promised to pay them well with provision for proper housing. “In collaboration with international partners and regional players, NASA will embark on a faced withdrawal from Somalia to bring back Kenyan soldiers to protect the Kenyan soil.” Another NASA Pentagon Member Mr Moses Wetangula said.
They promise to control land rates, lower rents and mortgage rates to ensure every Kenyan can afford housing. They are also going to improve lives of the elderly people with no employment and advanced hospitals to each county.