Kibaki gives new district on his tour of Baringo

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President Kibaki has intensified his campaigns, issuing promises drawn from his Party of National Unity (PNU) manifesto.

The President has lavished the electorate with pledges, which he believes will sustain growth if implemented.

On the economic front, on which nearly all development agenda is anchored, the PNU manifesto promises an annual growth of five per cent, in addition to containing inflation.

Some pledges, like the free secondary education touch almost every Kenyan family. There are, of course, the famous 500,000 jobs to be created in the formal and informal sectors.

There are also plans to reduce poverty levels by at least five per cent and increase the amount of foreign exchange held by the Central Bank of Kenya.

It is argued that the above can be achieved, if the economy grows consistently.

Kibaki pledges to sustain growth in key sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, hotels, transport and communications, building and construction, financial services and wholesale and retail trade “within a stable and predictable macro-economic environment”.

“We have maintained an underlying annual inflation rate of about five per cent as we promised, sustained by prudent monetary and fiscal policies,” the PNU manifesto says.

PNU has also pledged free health care for all children, free ante-natal care in public hospitals, world-class road networks, railways and sea-ports, water supply, low cost housing, livestock production and fishing so as to create a “globally competitive environment for investments in tourism”.

The pledge to ensure security for all and their property has been met with skepticism as crime rate soars.

There is also a pledge to pay the last few phases of the pay deal for teachers negotiated with the last regime.

Some pledges have huge financial implications such as the creation of new administrative districts and divisions, which mean residents will build offices for the civil servants. Many are unaware of this burden and applaud at the excitement of services being brought “closer to the people”.

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