Karua sells reform agenda in Western
Posted Saturday, July 7 2012 at 23:30
Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua on Saturday took her campaigns to Western Kenya just days after she outlined her agenda for the country if she becomes President.
She said her priority would be the fight against corruption and champion the rights of the downtrodden.
Ms Karua who spoke at Navakholo said she had the right credentials to clean up the mess in government brought about by poor leadership.
“I want Kenyans to elect me the next president so that I can tackle corruption without fear and give them a chance to coexist and enjoy equal opportunities regardless of their tribes,” she said.
“If I am elected the next president I will not spare those engaging in corrupt practices at all levels.”
She told the youth to register as voters and avoid violence during campaigns. She further urged voters not to elect those claiming to champion reforms yet they had failed to deliver in spite of occupying top positions.
Earlier this week, the Narc-Kenya leader launched her presidential secretariat and manifesto in which she highlighted fighting corruption, infrastructural development, creation of jobs and food security as the key priorities of a Karua-led government.
She also highlighted universal health care, a comprehensive education system and a robust foreign policy as key priorities if she forms the next government.
She said her government would work towards ending impunity through constitutionalism.
The former Justice minister said she is in the race to State House to defend the Constitution as a framework of the hope that guarantees all Kenyans a life of dignity and equality.
“I am running to restore faith in our public service and institutions; I am running to inspire each one of us from the smallest to the biggest, the richest to the not so rich, the mighty and the weak to play their role in the pursuit of the promise of a greater Kenya!
I will fight corruption from the front line and inspire a new faith in our public service. And you know that you can count on me for a realistic but faithful implementation of the Constitution,” Ms Karua said, adding that she would seek to empower industries, innovators, traders and communities to create jobs.
Ms Karua, who is running for the presidency for the first time, said investing in farmers while solving the distribution problems is key to ensuring national food security.
She said that to achieve this, her government would commit 10 per cent of the annual budget to agriculture as required by continental policy standards.
“We also need to initiate a campaign to diversify eating habits and address infrastructural challenges to market access and post-harvest handling.
We also must restore farmers’ confidence through technical and financial support and price guarantees for essential food crops,” she said.
Ms Karua added: “We will work to deliver education as experience and education are positively responsive to the needs of industry and society.
We will also invest in middle-level colleges, revamp and broaden the scope of youth polytechnics, and revamp research support to public institutions.”