United Democratic Forum presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi has promised to beef up security to restore the confidence of Kenyans and investors if elected president next year.
Mr Mudavadi said the escalating cases of insecurity and terrorist attacks were scaring away potential investors.
The Deputy Prime Minister was at the weekend responding to calls by Keroka residents who claimed that insecurity in the town had scared away investors.
Three weeks ago, gangsters shot dead Mr George Sese and seriously injured his wife.
Mr Mudavadi said the current police to citizen ratio was at 1:2,000 when the international standard proposes a 1:450 ratio.
“If elected the Kenyan president, I will increase security budget and recruit more police officers to required numbers.”
The Sabatia MP said that during his tenure, he would improve sanitation in public hospitals and provide clean piped water.
He would improve the road network in rural areas to facilitate transport of fresh produce to markets, he pledged.
Mr Mudavadi asked Kenyans to trust him with the top job, saying that he had devotedly served the nation at the ministries of Agriculture, Transport and Communication, Supplies and Marketing, Finance and as vice-president.
The aspirant asked his colleagues to respect and stop mudslinging one another in campaigns.
Preach tribal politics
“UDF party does not believe in mudslinging and hate politics. We sell our policies to people if they accept to vote for us we will appreciate,” he said.
Ikolomani MP Boni Khalwale and nominated MP George Nyamweya, who accompanied the DPM, accused Mudavadi’s competitors of preaching tribal politics and trading insults at rallies.
Dr Khalwale asked the government to increase teachers’ salaries to avert a strike.
“There are no enough teachers in this country yet we need the Kenyan child to get quality education,” he said.
He challenged the government to dialogue with the teachers’ unions to ensure that learning was not paralysed by the threatened boycott.