Raila leads NASA manifesto launch, pledges to realise the Kenyan dream

NASA principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Isaac Rutto during the launch of the coalition's manifesto in Nairobi, June 27, 2017. /REUTERS
NASA principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Isaac Rutto during the launch of the coalition's manifesto in Nairobi, June 27, 2017. /REUTERS

The National Super Alliance on Tuesday unveiled their plan to transform the country if they win the August 8 polls.

The blueprint was launched at Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi on the promise of better living standards for all Kenyans.

The five Nasa principals led by Raila Odinga rallied Kenyans to back their dream and vote for them 'for a better nation'.

Isaac Rutto, Moses Wetang'ula, Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka spoke at the event.

This came a day after Jubilee party launched its manifesto which was unveiled at Kasarani Stadium Indoor arena.

Governors allied to the coalition, a number of MPs and Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion attended the fete.

The manifesto has seven pillars including national integration, inclusivity, devolution, democracy and economic transparency.

Raila who is the coalition's presidential flag bearer said his administration will deal with historical injustices, extra-judicial killings, and wanton corruption.

"The change Kenyans expected after 2002 Narc came into power was shortchanged."

"It is not that we don't have laws to fight corruption but there is a lack of goodwill to enforce the same," Raila said.

Raila added that the Nasa government will focus on key development projects that will accelerate job creation.

He also pledged to drive a transformation agenda that will see more youths placed in meaningful jobs.

"Our competitors promised to construct 10,000 km of road. That utopia. It didn't happen and it will not happen."

"We will ensure SGR is implemented in line with Vision 2030 to connect East African region," the ODM leader said.

On youth unemployment, he said his team will deal with the bureaucracies in accessing Youth Funds.

"We will change all these. We will ensure every Kenyan accesses government services and jobs regardless of their tribe," he said.

Kalonzo, who is Raila's running mate, said the NASA government will reach out to Kenyans in the diaspora because they are important.

He said the National Treasury collects billion dollars from Kenyans in diaspora hence the need to engage them in the country's progress.

"We will engage foreign nations to ensure no Kenyan is molested," the Wiper leader said.

He also pledged that their administration will revamp tourism which he pointed out "has died under the watch of their competitors".

Kalonzo said they intend to source an electric train in line with the future needs of every developing nation.

"This country has suffered a lot under bad governance and this is the time for a better future."

Mudavadi said that if elected, they will push for a responsible government for which Nasa is committed to.

"We want to promise what we can deliver. Kenyans should be part of the change Nasa wants to bring."

Rutto said the alliance will prioritise on agriculture by eliminating middlemen in the marketing and production value chains.

He said the administration will also provide a subsidy to farmers so as to boost the country's food reserves.

Wetang'ula - Ford Kenya party leader, said the alliance will ensure reforms in the National Police Service.

He said their vision is to have a police service committed to serving Kenyans.

"Police officers will be well paid. We will also improve their housing," he said.

The Bungoma Senator said the Nasa administration will partner with other nations to bring back Kenyan soldiers serving under Amisom.

"We will bring them back from Somalia in phases so that they guard our borders from within."