Kenya has always been a peaceful country and a model to be emulated in Africa. Kenya knows peace and it’s what the eight presidential candidates have preaching about. Peace, Peace, Peace is the very common term and it’s what is blaring across all television and radio stations. The political players have learnt the value of tolerance in politics. Other stakeholders have gone out of their way to ensure that every Kenyan no matter the age, religion, gender, ethnic community or race knows the importance of a peaceful election.
Kenya is ready to conduct a milestone peaceful general election and we all embrace Team Kenya.
On March 2nd 2013 all political players held their last campaign rallies across the country. In Nairobi, the two major presidential contenders,of the Jubilee coalition and of the CORD coalition held their last rallies. Supporters in their thousands of numbers turned to listen to their preferred candidates.
One common message from the two rallies was nothing but PEACE. Peace during and after elections. Both coalitions urged the supporters to come out in their numbers and vote for them come March 4th 2013.
To vote wisely, we must ensure the programmes and policies highlighted in the various manifestos are achievable and that it can be done.
The JUBILEE manifesto is anchored on the youth empowerment and reconciling feuding communities.
The Jubilee manifesto highlights various strategies, programmes and policies that will rolled out if Jubilee gets into power. They include but not limited to agriculture, health, infrastructure and education sectors.
Uhuru Kenyatta andwere in different camps during the 2007 general elections but came together to urge feuding communities to embrace peace, unity and tolerance during the forthcoming elections and beyond.
The Jubilee Manifesto focuses on the youth, women and creation of jobs. The manifesto demonstrates how key reforms would be carried out to enhance and spur economic growth. Further, the Jubilee manifesto is anchored on Kenya’s vision 2030 that is transforming the country.
Most critics have labeled the Jubilee coalition as a tribal outfit but what they don’t tell the world is that, Jubilee is made of other member parties that is, the Republican Party associated with Najib Balala and Narc associated with Charity Ngilu.. Other affiliate parties are GNU and APK.
On the other hand CORD launched its 10 point manifesto that is intended to enhance land reforms, food security, and universal healthcare and fight poverty.
The Manifesto talks about restructuring the agricultural sector with key points being ensuring food security as well as encouraging investments in other urban centres.
Further it states that it will restructure youth and women funds to make them more accessible. Raila Odinga, the CORD Principal also pledged to transform the public service within his first 100 days in power.
Upon weighing the two manifestos it’s very clear that the Jubilee Manifesto has blueprint that will map the path to achieving the goals of a jubilee government. On the other side, the CORD manifesto is waxing lyrical the rhetoric of the old order. The two main principals in Cord have had the chance and the most ample of time to implement this policies but someone slept on the job.
Kenya can only be transformed by leaders who have a proven track record in delivering and implementing programmes that have transformed the lives of the electorate.
This election is a defining moment for the country. It’s an election that will shape the destiny of the country. Vote peacefully, vote wisely.