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Ruto Unveils His Manifesto
Deputy President William Ruto last evening unveiled his manifesto at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi by detailing the five pillars that he says will be given prominence in his administration.
In his document dubbed the “Hustlers’ Manifesto”, the second in command said if elected President he will reduce the cost of living, create employment, make manufacturing a big thing, ensuring Kenyans get affordable homes and food security.
Dr Ruto said his agenda was in line with the views and ideas the Kenya Kwanza Alliance summed up after organising economic forums across the country.
Kenya Kwanza’s Education Agenda
Deputy President William Ruto plans a radical shift in the education sector if he wins the presidency after the August 9 General Election.
Speaking during the launch of his manifesto, the country’s number two in command said the current exam-based system was uninspiring as it was discriminating against some learners.
He added that his administration will employ as many teachers as possible to address the current staff shortage.
“Universal primary education was achieved through free primary education, but education outcomes remain highly inequitable,” he said.
Ruto: Women Will Be Decision Makers in My Government
Women will be a decision-making table if the Kenya Kwanza forms the government next month, Deputy President William Ruto promised during the launch of his manifesto yesterday.
According to the second in command, women will comprise half of his Cabinet and on top of that implement the two-thirds gender rule.
Also, his administration will give free sanitary towels, help new mothers get diapers at no cost for a period of three from the data a baby is born, and ensure women get quality and affordable healthcare.
Security Officers Will Get Better Pay in My Government, Ruto Says
Remuneration grievances aired by the security officers over the years will be a thing of the past if the Kenya Kwanza forms the next government, Deputy President William Ruto has promised.
Also, the DP said during the unveiling of his manifesto that the progressive reforms will continue to make the security sector more efficient.
He pointed out that the sector was largely incompetent due to poor leadership and political interference.
Wajackoyah Outlines His Agenda
Nyeri County alone has the potential of clearing the country’s debt in record time if residents can get permits to grow marijuana, Roots Pary presidential candidate George Wajackoyah said during the launch of his manifesto at the Kenya International Conference Centre (KICC) yesterday.
Other priorities in Wajackoyah’s administration will include snake farming, executing those found guilty of corruption, moving the capital city to Isiolo from Nairobi, and suspending sections of the constitution that are “irrelevant”.
Also, he said the country will start exporting hyenas testicles to China where he claimed that there are used as medicine.
However, the lawyer said the first year of his administration will be tough as he will be dealing with the sins of the Jubilee government.
I’m The Solution to Our Problems, Waihiga Says
Agano Party presidential candidate David Mwaure Waihiga is promising to address the high cost of living within the first 100 days of his administration. He said if elected President in August the first thing he will do is reduce the prices of unga.
Waihiga said his manifesto to be launched on Monday next week will change the political landscape in ways not imagined.
“My manifesto will be radical and unique. I shall propose to return the unga subsidy and the prices will be below Ksh100,” he said.
Chaos Erupt at Martha Karua’s Rally
There was chaos during a rally presided over by Azimio la Umoja presidential running mate Martha Karua at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County after a teargas explosion.
Moments after Karua took the microphone to address the crowd, teargas canisters were lobbed on the podium.
Security officers whisked away the Narc-Kenya party boss and other leaders, who included Mama Ida Odinga, as the residents scamped for scampered for safety.
The rivalry between Kisii Governor James Ongwae and his potential successor, Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati, who is angling for the seat on an ODM ticket, was blamed for the drama.
Sakaja’s Degree Revoked Again
Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja suffered another blow yesterday after the Commission for University Education (CUE) revoked his degree certificate for the second time.
In a letter addressed to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), CUE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mwenda Ntarangwi noted the UDA gubernatorial candidate for the Nairobi governorship has yet to convince the agency that his Bachelor of Science in Management from Uganda’s Team University is genuine.
The commission has asked the lawmaker to provide various documents, including a letter of admission, names of lecturers, course units, and transcripts.
Should he fail to furnish CUE with the aforementioned documents, he risks being disqualified from running for the seat.
MRC Suspects Arraigned
A group of men thought to be members of the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) were yesterday presented at a Shanzu court and charged with various offenses.
The prosecution said the 21 suspects were on June 29 arrested in Mtwapa, Kilifi County laying strategies on how to attack Kenyans and establish their own government.
The court heard that they were armed with 41 pangas and ready to carry out a deadly mission. Their meeting was also illegal, the charge sheet read.
They denied all the counts.
R Kelly Jailed
Famous American musician Robert Sylvester Kelly alias R Kelly will spend the next 30 years of his life in jail after he was convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering.
The R&B superstar has been found guilty of nine counts of sex predatory targeting teenage boys and girls and being a notorious racketeer. The court heard that he committed the crimes for 25 years.
The 55-year-old singer, whose hit songs include “The Storm is Over Now”, “Burnt It Up”, “I’m Your Angel” and “Sign of a Victory” wanted the sentence reduced to a maximum of ten years, but the trial declined his request.