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Friday, August 18, 2017

[VIDEO] Kilifi governor hopeful pledges Sh50,000 burial kitty, free meals for pupils

James Kahindi, an independent candidate for the Kilifi governor seat, addresses a rally in Malindi, June 18, 2017. /ALPHONCE GARI
James Kahindi, an independent candidate for the Kilifi governor seat, addresses a rally in Malindi, June 18, 2017. /ALPHONCE GARI

A Kilifi governor hopeful has promised funds for several groups of voters, including the bereaved and jobless youths, should he win the August 8 general election.

Independent candidate James Kahindi said families will get Sh50,000 to bury their loved ones after producing a death notification certificate and the deceased's voters card.

This means the county government will facilitate the burials of registered voters if the candidate's team carries the day after the polls.

During a rally at Malindi's Cleopatra grounds on Sunday, Kahindi also promised to increase allocations for the elderly from Sh2,000 to Sh10,000.

The former Coast Development Authority MD said elders working under the Nyumba Kumi initiative will get the higher amount every month.

Kahindi further pledged to pay all unemployed youth Sh10,000 per month until they get jobs.

All primary school pupils and their teachers will also get free breakfast and lunch.

"The breakfast will be provided at 7am and porridge at 10 am," he told the rally he went to with his running mate Esther Bahati.

Kahindi further said the county will buy two pairs of uniforms, shoes, and socks for every pupil after every two years.

In his manifesto, the aspirant says all mama mbogas and other small-scale business people will no longer pay tax should he take over from Governor Amason Kingi.

"Wholesalers will pay licence fees," he said, and accused Kingi's administration of failing to implement devolution despite getting resources from the National Treasury.

The governor hopeful will also allocate Sh1 billion to the health docket every year.

Kahindi will face Kingi (ODM), Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro (Jubilee Party) and ex-Labour CS Kazungu Kambi (Kadu Asili) on election day.

Read: Why Joho, Kingi may be re-elected

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