President Kenyatta rallies Jubilee-stronghold of Tharaka Nithi for August 8

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CHUKA, 27 June 2017 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today rallied Jubilee supporters in Tharaka Nithi, traditionally known for recording the highest voter turnout in the country, to be ready to make history again.

The President wrapped up his tour of the populous county in style by making a rallying call to voters in Tharaka Nithi to back him to deliver a resounding defeat to his rival in the upcoming polls.

At a rally in Chuka Town, the President said he feels grateful for the support voters in the County gave him in 2013 and sought their favour again.

“You the people of Tharaka Nithi have always taken the cup for recording the biggest turnout during elections. I want you to do the same this time and ensure this man of kitendawili does not come near us,” said the President.

Before addressing the multitudes who gathered in Chuka, President Kenyatta and his deputy went on an intensive meet-the-people tour of the vast County.

The President and his deputy urged voters in the area to reject politicians who want to drag the country down through divisive politics.

“Kenya’s economic growth can’t be improved through politics of hatred, falsehoods and propaganda but by engaging in real development like we have done in the last four year and intend to do in the next five years once Kenyans give us the mandate,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta told residents in the region not to be swayed to vote for individuals who have no agenda for them as far as development was concerned.

He asked Kenyans to review the performance of leaders before electing them; saying leadership was not about propaganda, rhetoric or falsehoods but about efficient and effective services to the electorate.

“You have nothing to gain from supporting those in Opposition apart from stories and propaganda,” said President Kenyatta.

Among the areas the leaders addressed rallies included Mukothima, Kibunga, Marimanti, Ciakariga, Kathwana, Magutuni, Chogoria, Kiriani, Marima and Chuka towns.

Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, Senate Majority Leader Kindiki Kithure, MPs Mburi Muiru (Tharaka), and Beatrice Ngatha (Women Rep) accompanied them.

Deputy President Ruto told the people of Tharaka to support Jubilee because it has the interest of all Kenyans at heart.

“You should not gamble with your votes come August 8. You should not waste your votes by supporting the Opposition which is destined to lose as it is now clear that Jubilee is the winning team,” said the Deputy President.

The Deputy President said it is only Jubilee that was committed to the transformative agenda unlike the Opposition whose aim was to get power to share seats amongst themselves.

Mr Kindiki assured that residents in the area were firmly in support of President Kenyatta and his team.

“Voters in this County are firmly behind the leadership of President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. Our people do not want to engage in politics of guesswork,” said Mr Kindiki.

Mr Njuki said opposition leaders have no room in Mt Kenya region because they failed to deliver when they served in senior positions in the previous governments.

President Kenyatta’s pledge to provide quality education, topped with free secondary

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KATHWANA, 27 JUNE 2017 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today emphasized the Jubilee Party’s plan to transform the quality of education and to make it more inclusive.

Speaking a day after he unveiled the party’s Manifesto, President Kenyatta said his Government will provide free education in all public primary and day secondary education, a move aimed at achieving a 100 percent transition from primary to secondary school.

The President’s promise comes hot on the heel of major milestones achieved in the last four years under his Administration.

Some of the milestones achieved include Kenya’s education sector being ranked the best in Africa recently, a standard the Jubilee Government promises to maintain and improve.

The President, who spoke in Tharaka Nithi County where he and his deputy William Ruto, popularized the Jubilee Party Manifesto, said human capital is a great asset to any nation and his Administration will continue giving high priority to inclusive and quality education.

In the last four years, enrollment in national schools increased from only 4,600 to 24,795. The Jubilee Government has provided Kshs 25 million to each County to expand the existing school infrastructure to national school standards.

The Government has also recruited a record 16,000 teachers in the last four years – the highest number recruited in a similar time frame since independence.

President Kenyatta’s Administration has also increased the number of Technical Training Institutes to provide Technical and Vocational Education and Training from only 45 in 2013 to 206 today. Out of that number, 70 are under construction and will be completed soon.

President Kenyatta said his administration has invested in the expansion and revitalization of technical training institutes to respond to the growing demand for skilled labour by companies.

The Government has also overhauled the curriculum and the education system, improved its quality and relevance and restored the integrity of the examination system.

The Jubilee government has worked hard to transform the country’s education system to a more value-based and relevant to Kenya’s 21st-century development needs.

The ongoing curriculum review is aimed at moving the education system to a competency-based teaching framework.

Under President Kenyatta, the Government has introduced digital learning programme in a drive aimed at keeping Kenya’s human resource competitiveness and ensure the country maintains the best workforce in the region.

In that regard, 992, 073 digital learning devices have already been produced and distributed. Some 95,000 teachers have already been trained while digital learning content is available for children in Class 1 and 2.

The Jubilee Administration promises to improve the quality and quantity of the middle-level workforce by aligning the curriculum with the needs of industry, revitalising Youth Polytechnics, completing the ongoing construction of the 70 TTIs, and equipping and staffing all TTIs.

The President through the Party’s manifesto pledges to establish formal linkages between the private sector, academia and government to solve real life issues including by linking research and analysis to important national issues and by harnessing expertise in universities to support the industrialisation agenda.

The positive impact such arrangements can achieve has already been demonstrated in current schemes where two universities are producing digital learning equipment for primary schools, the party Manifesto says.

Jubilee also pledges to establish centres of excellence and an innovation hub to tap into the talent pool of Kenyan youth.

It further pledges to establish a centre of excellence in the automotive sector and position the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) at Konza Technopolis as a world-class Science and Technology Research University which will nurture a technologically advanced population.

President Kenyatta popularizes the Jubilee Manifesto

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KATHWANA, 27 JUNE 2017, (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today took the Jubilee Party Manifesto to the people, barely hours after it was formally launched at a grand ceremony in Nairobi last evening.

The President toured the County of Tharaka Nithi where he promoted the Jubilee Manifesto as superior to anything that the opposition can dream of coming up with.

He said the party’s manifesto is a blueprint that will ensure Kenya achieves robust growth and becomes a nation that offers shared prosperity for its 45 million citizens.

The President explained to residents the key pledges in the Manifesto in which his Administration pledges to create 1.3 million jobs every year.

He said the Jubilee Party has a robust plan that will propel Kenya forward in its journey to prosperity, and is centered on more jobs and rapid industrialisation.

On Monday evening, as he set the stage for the launch of the manifesto, President Kenyatta had promised that he would give Kenyans a Government that works with, and empowers the people.

“We will empower the 45 million people so that they can stand up for themselves without depending on the government and donors,” said the President.

He said the focus of the Jubilee Government in the next five years will be to create more jobs and wealth through proper policies and financing to speed up the industrialisation of the country.

While popularizing the Manifesto in the populous Tharaka Nithi County, President Kenyatta said that employment creation was at the heart of the next Jubilee administration’s priorities.

 

“We will create at least 6.5 million jobs over five years so that our youth can secure good jobs so that they can enjoy a decent life,” said the President.

He said his Government promises to continue to develop transport, ICT and energy infrastructure so that Kenya attracts global industry thereby expanding the availability of sustainable Jobs for everyone.

The Jubilee Party 10-point manifesto include:

– To create 1.3 million jobs every year and work with county governments to establish at least one industry in every county.

– To establish a government sponsored apprenticeship programme of up to 12 months for all university and TVET graduates.

– To double the number of vulnerable citizens supported through the cash transfer programme (Inua Jamii) from 700,000 to 1,400,000. This will include all citizens above the age of 70; in addition, all citizens above the age of 70 will obtain health insurance cover through the NHIF.

– To expand the free primary school programme to include free day public secondary schools in Kenya.

– To facilitate mass housing production of at least 500,000 affordable homes in 5 years across the country by working in partnership with financial institutions, private developers, manufacturers of building materials and cooperatives to deliver homes faster and reduce the cost of construction by at least 50%.

– To expand free maternity care to include government funded NHIF cover for every expectant mother for one year.

– To ensure every citizen is connected to reliable and affordable electricity (on or off-grid) by 2020.

– To expand food and agricultural production, double the fertiliser subsidy initiative, reducing the cost to farmers to less than Ksh1, 500. Expand the programme to include all crops with a resultant increase in production and support the expansion and capacity of local fertiliser manufacture.

– to complete the 57-large-scale dam construction programme, support small-holder agricultural irrigation and work with the private sector to enhance food and agricultural production on at least 1.2 million acres.

– To make government more transparent and accountable through the digitisation of all government procurement; expand and deliver e-government services through the growing network of Huduma Centres.

The President started his tour of Tharaka Nithi in Mukuthima and is due to address a total of ten rallies in different parts of the County.