, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 28 – The Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) is promising to offer an alternative way of governance should it ascend to power in the August 8 General Election through its six-pillar manifesto unveiled Tuesday night.
The document made public at the Ngong Racecourse highlighted nation building, State building, transformative governance, realisation of socio-economic rights, creation of jobs, and regional and international cooperation as key tenets of the NASA Administration.
“We want to work together with Kenyans to transform our country. We would like to unite the people of this country and give equal opportunity to all our citizens,” Raila Odinga, the NASA presidential candidate on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket said.
The alliance committed to within the first 90 days of its tenure, ensure all minority groups are recognised and granted citizenship and equal rights.
NASA also promised to establish a National Heroes Trust to immortalise the nation’s heroes within the first three months of its governance should it emerge victorious on August 8.
Odinga promised to improve infrastructure by ensuring construction of modern roads with provisions for the pedestrian and cyclist lanes.
According to the NASA leader, Jubilee Party’s ambition to deliver 10,000 kilometres of tarmac road in 2013 which I said was utopian; it could not happen, he argued.
He further argued that the Standard Gauge Railway whose Mombasa-Nairobi segment was delivered by the Jubilee Administration within the past four years was conceived under the 2008-2013 Coalition Government, stating that the current administration ought not to claim credit for it.
The alliance said it will craft a code of conduct to be signed by all coalition partners to ensure that none of its officials is involved in graft.
“All NASA leaders will sign an agreement affirming that they will not do business with government. We will also ensure that those who do business with government are paid promptly,” said Odinga.
NASA brainchild and coalition partner Musalia Mudavadi who is the Amani National Congress leader said the alliance will ensure complete transition from primary to secondary schools through provision of free basic education.
“We want to ensure education right from nursery to secondary schools if free indeed. This we intend to do through elimination of wastage of public resources,” Mudavadi who has been promised the Premier Cabinet Secretary position stated.
He argued that the coalition will resource the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) in order to lower the time students wait for loans to two weeks from six months.
Mudavadi argued a NASA Administration will lower the nation’s debt level and ensure that debts incurred by the state are sustainable in a manner that the Gross Domestic Product growth is maintained at 7 per cent.
On provision of shelter, the opposition alliance promised to accelerate growth in other towns and urban centres in order to encourage settlements of citizens in other urban centres other than the three cities – Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
The NASA deputy presidential candidate, Wiper Democratic Movement’s leader Kalonzo Musyoka said the alliance will with the aid of business community trigger economic growth so that citizens can access basic commodities.
“We will always support initiatives by ensuring that the Head of State is accompanied by business delegations in foreign trips so that they can sign business deals,” Musyoka said.
He vowed to ensure that Kenyans abroad are secured and guarded against harassment by host citizens to enhance revenue streams from Kenyan business abroad.
“We want to produce surplus food by ensuring we support the farmer and remove all middlemen who make it difficult for famers to operate,” Isaac Ruto, Bomet Governor and newest alliance partner said during the manifesto launch.
The leader of Chama Cha Mashinani said NASA will spearhead free healthcare to Kenyans through provision of ambulances. Ruto said the coalition will ensure disputes between the government and medical staff unions are eradicated through by ensuring their salaries are enhanced.
The Forum for Restoration of Democracy – Kenya leader, Senator Moses Wetangula (Bungoma), said the welfare of the police will be enhanced in order to motivate them to serve citizens.
Further, he said they will seek the withdrawal of Kenyan soldier from Somalia so that they can secure the nation from within.
“NASA in collaboration with international partners and regional players will embark on a phased withdrawal of our security forces from Somalia so that our soldiers can protect the territorial integrity of our nation from our soil and not anywhere else,” Wetangula said.