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Kenya's ruling party launches manifesto ahead of August 2017 polls

Kenya's ruling party launches manifesto ahead of August 2017 polls


Kenya’s ruling ruling coalition, the Jubilee Party, has launched its presidential manifesto ahead of August 8 elections.

The launch in the capital, Nairobi, was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, top government and party officials.

The 76-page document titled, ‘Continuing Kenya’s Transformation, Together,’ according to President Uhuru seeks to consolidate the gains in his first term as president.

‘‘As the past four years have shown, when I promise – I deliver. With this manifesto, I present to you our plan for how we will continue to make the aspirations of us all and for our nation, a reality.

‘‘Let us vote the Jubilee party back in order to maintain the momentum we built and ensure we take Kenya to the next level. Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta will be contesting against seven others for the presidency during the polls. His main contender is former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga who is running on the ticket of the main opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance (NASA).

The others are Cyrus Jirongo (United Democratic Party), Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance), Michael Wainaina (Independent), and Japhet Kaluyu (Independent), Mohamed Abduba Dida (Alliance for Real Change) and Joseph Nyagah (Independent).

Odinga, originally the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) was Premier of Kenya between April 2008 and April 2013 under a power-sharing deal with then President Mwai Kibaki. ‘‘It is with great honour that I accept Team NASA’s nomination as its 2017 Presidential Candidate,’‘ he said after getting NASA’s nomination.

The 72-year-old Raila Odinga will come up against incumbent Kenyatta who represents the Jubilee alliance. NASA on last month picked Odinga and unveiled its official symbol to party faithful who thronged the Uhuru Park.

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