Friday, November 16, 2012

Excellent read on Nation Newspaper on Nov. 15 2012: A National Agenda Elections 2013

The nation newspaper carried a great excerpt yesterday which in my opinion has been one of the most comprehensive and biased look at issues as we approach the election next year. I have been seeing politicians launch their party to great pomp and color but lacking has been substance in form of manifesto’s with a clear road map of what presidential candidates wish to do given a chance. Two of the politicians gunning for president have come up with their 5 point agenda’s. In my opinion some of these agenda’s are very shallow and are not informed by population needs but you can give these two politicians Charity Ngilu and Peter Kenneth for trying.

The following we’re the issues which according to nation newspaper should be addressed by the next chief executive;

1.       Job Creation
2.       Food Security
3.       Health Care
4.       Education
5.       Energy
6.       Water & Environment
7.       Social Protection
8.       Public Infrastructure
9.       National Security & Foreign Policy
10.   Boosting Exports
11.   Devolution & Public Service Reform
12.   Ethnicity

Compare this with what presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth wishes to address;
1.       Water
2.       Infrastructure
3.       Health care
4.       National Security
5.       Education

You will find he falls short in a great deal. The issue of job creation in my opinion is cardinal in this campaign which is lacking in peter Kenneth’s agenda. It is now four months to election date and other major presidential aspirants TNA’s Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM’s Raila Odinga are yet to present a clear agenda as to what they intend to do for this country.

So what have these aspirants been doing?
What I have been observing in the last few months;
·         Presidential candidates have been going across the country populising themselves
·         Coalition talks have been taking center stage with breakfast meetings & lunches and night meetings between different presidential candidates
·         Regional offensive travels. This has been true for TNA’s Uhuru Kenyatta who has visited Tanzania, Sothern Sudan and Burundi while Narc Kenya has been to Southern Sudan 

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