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Complete Jubilee Manifesto

Monday June 26 2017


Kenya has immense potential for growth, modernisation and prosperity.

Growth that leaves no one behind; modernisation that secures our future for generations to come; and a prosperity that we can all share and enjoy.

Alongside you all, Jubilee has been hard at work across the country and laid the foundations for a vibrant and modern Kenya that provide us all with the platform to achieve our true potential.

This work continues.

Employment creation is at the heart of the next Jubilee administration’s priorities.


We commit to creating at least 6.5 million jobs over five years to ensure that our people, particularly our youth, can secure and maintain good jobs that enable them to enjoy a decent life.

We will concentrate investments in the sectors that are growth oriented and job creating.

We are building a 21st Century hi-tech industrial revolution in Kenya.

Our plan is to continue to develop our nation’s transport, ICT and energy infrastructure so that Kenya attracts global industry and with it a huge expansion in sustainable, high quality, hi-tech jobs for everyone, young and old.

The Jubilee government has already delivered improved security, economic stability and jobs.

We have expanded access to affordable health care and modernised public services.

But we now need to redouble our efforts to build upon the foundations of success.

The task is not yet complete. The work must continue and should not be derailed.

I seek to continue to serve as President of our great country because I have the vision, experience, skills and trust to deliver the stability, continuity and responsible governance that our country needs at this critical moment in our development journey.
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, for us all and for our nation, a reality that each one of us can experience and use to fulfil our extraordinary potential.

Our commitment to the people of Kenya is to continue to work with all Kenyans to build on these strong foundations; to create more and better jobs; to raise the living standards of every Kenyan; reduce inequality and to lift even more Kenyans out of poverty.

Together, we will ensure sustainable development and shared prosperity for all Kenyans in a prosperous, caring Kenya.

Together we have made giant strides in the last four years. We have put Kenya on the path of social and economic take-off.

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

It has been an honour and a privilege to lead this great nation for the last 4 years. I believe my Government’s record is worthy of support and I ask you for your vote on August 8th 2017.

His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in Chief of the Defence Forces


1. Create 1.3 Million jobs every year and work with county governments to establish at least one industry in every county.

2. Establish a government sponsored apprenticeship programme of up to 12 months for all university and TVET graduates.

3. 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.

4. Expand the free primary school programme to now include free day public secondary schools in Kenya.

5. 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 houses faster and reduce the cost of construction by at least 50%.

6. Expand free maternity care to include government funded NHIF cover for every expectant mother for one year.

7. Ensure every citizen is connected to reliable and affordable electricity (on or off-grid) by 2020.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.


A Healthy Nation is a Wealthy Nation


  • Achieved significant reduction in maternal and child deaths. Provided funds to counties for free maternal delivery services in public health facilities.
  • Reduced malaria related deaths and illness, especially amongst children.
  • Made significant progress towards providing universal health care.
  • Completely transformed the health sector by bringing specialised treatment closer to Kenyans across the country.
  • A fourfold increase in dialysis sessions.


We will build a healthy nation and a productive workforce because the Kenyan people deserve to know they can be treated when at their most vulnerable and because the economic status of a country is closely associated with the health of its people.

We seek to reduce the cost of healthcare and will ensure that every citizen has access to the best possible health care at the most affordable price.

We seek to make mothers healthier and stronger. We will provide dignified support to the elderly and the disabled and will customise healthcare service delivery to the realities of culture and geography.


In the next five years we will:

  • Achieve free, quality primary healthcare for all Kenyans.
  • Expand the “Linda Mama” programme to give 12 months free maternal cover to all
  • Expand NHIF cover to all Kenyans above 70 years of age
  • Continue the drive towards universal health care.
  • Increase the number of health facilities at the community level
  • Continue to scale up the Managed Equipment Programme
  • Establish regional cold chains for drugs and vaccines
  • Establish a specialised cancer hospital in Kenya
  • Provide internet enabled communication in all hospitals
  • Make health and medical tourism a vibrant socio-economic sub-sector in Kenya


Investing in our Children, Building our Future


Every county given Ksh25 million to expand the existing secondary school infrastructure.
We increased enrolment in national schools from just 4,600 in 2013 to 24,795 in 2016.
16,000 new teachers in four years – the highest number in that time frame since independence.
We have invested heavily in the expansion and revitalisation of technical training institutes.
Overhauled the curriculum and education system, improved its quality and relevance and restored the integrity of the system.
Introduced the digital learning programme. 992,073 digital devices distributed, class 1 and 2 content ready and available online and over 95,000 teachers trained.
Increased funding for the free education programme. All primary school children receive free education and every secondary school student benefits from Ksh12,870 subsidy.
Every student that met the university entry qualification was offered a place at a university, the first time in Kenya’s history that this has been possible.


Kenya’s education has recently been ranked the best in Africa. We are proud of this achievement and will build on this strength to nurture a globally competitive workforce to power industrialisation, drive economic growth and encourage job creation. This will ensure that Kenya has a strong talent pool that is attractive to investors and which can be exported across the region and beyond.


In the next five years we will:

  • Work towards achieving a 100% transition from primary to secondary school by providing free education in all public primary and public day secondary schools.
  • Double the funds available under the Higher Education Loans Board to provide loans and bursaries for TVET and university students.
  • Improve the quality and quantity of the middle level workforce by aligning the curriculum with the needs of industry.
  • Establish formal linkages between the private sector, academia and government.
  • Establish centres of excellence to tap into the talent pool of our young people.


A home for every Kenyan at a price they can afford

    Upgraded social infrastructure in 90 informal settlements across the country to improve access, sanitation and security which has benefitted more than half a million people.
  • Completed 822 housing units in Soweto Zone A of Kibera with 245 market stalls to serve the settlement and give opportunities to small businesses.
  • Developed 250 housing units for Civil Servants Tenant Purchase in Kisumu.
  • Constructed markets in major towns in Kenya to stimulate local economic growth.
  • Upgraded key infrastructure within major urban areas. These efforts have improved sanitation and living standards and overall living standards.


We envision a Kenya where every Mwananchi and their family can affordably live in a decent home.

We intend to open up the housing market to ensure that more and more Kenyans can own their own home.

We will employ innovative construction techniques and creative financial models to make this a reality.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Facilitate mass housing production of at least 500,000 low cost affordable homes in 5 years across the country by working in partnership with financial institutions, private developers, manufacturers of building materials and cooperatives.
  • Establish a National Social Housing Development Fund and create alternative financing strategies to finance low cost housing and the associated social and physical infrastructure.
  • Carry out an audit of 6,000 buildings per year to ensure their safety and security.
  • Digitise all land registries to facilitate easier and cheaper land transactions. In addition, we will facilitate faster acquisition of free public land for developing houses.
  • Maintain momentum in upgrading slums by providing clean water and sanitation, access roads, street lights, schools and health centres as well as income generating activities. This will help improve the lives of 4 million people living and working in slums
  • Dramatically scale up ongoing partnerships between the government and the private sector to expand the pool of trained artisans, plumbers, masons, carpenters, electricians, roofers and painters.


Water must be a right, not a privilege


  • Between 2013 - 2016 the number of people connected to safe piped water increased from 21.2 million to 24.8 million.
  • Expanded sanitation infrastructure in urban areas from 672,997 (20.6%) urban households connected to the sewerage system in 2013 to nearly 900,000 in 2016.
  • Major progress in improving food security by expanding the acreage under irrigation from 395,000 acres in 2013 to 500,000 acres in 2016.
  • Enhanced water security through construction of water harvesting and storage infrastructure across the country.


Water is the lifeblood of our environment, agriculture and industry, including as a source of hydro power which provides more than 30% of the electricity we use.

Demand for clean water and sanitation is increasing sharply as more people migrate to urban areas.

We will work together to harvest, conserve and protect available water resources for this and future generations.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Complete the 57 large-scale dams currently under construction.
  • Massively increase water harvesting and storage capacity by protecting water towers and completing the exploration and assessment of newly found underground water resources.
  • End the water supply deficit in Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta Counties by completing the Mwache Dam and Mzima 2 Pipeline Project.
  • Ensure piped water in every household in Nairobi and neighbouring counties including informal settlements by 2020.
  • Complete ongoing water projects in urban and rural areas and increase the number of people connected to safe piped water from 3.6 million to 9 million by 2020.
  • Increase the proportion of people with easy access to potable water from 60% to 80% by 2020 with a focus on informal settlements and arid areas.
  • Increase access to sanitation and sewerage for an additional 500,000 households in towns such as Meru, Molo, Garissa and Wajir and other fast-growing towns across the country.
  • Strictly enforce the protection of wetlands and water towers.
  • Operationalise the Water Sector Trust Fund to supply grants to counties to assist in financing of water services particularly to marginalised areas, rural areas considered not commercially viable and underserved urban areas.


Working for real equality in our society


  • Increased the number of women in leadership and decision-making positions. 25.5% of the Cabinet and 36.6% of Principal Secretaries are now women. 12 of the 16 elected women representatives in the 11th Parliament are Jubilee party nominees.
  • Enacted the Marriage Act 2014 and the Matrimonial Property Act which gives women equal rights in marriage and an equal share of property acquired during a marriage.
  • Dramatically expanded funding for incubating women enterprises. Between 2008-2013 the Women Enterprise Fund (WEF) disbursed Ksh2.9 billion to 19,803 groups benefiting 651,875 individuals.
  • Developed a National Policy for the prevention of and response to Gender Based Violence (GBV) which gives guidelines on the implementation of GBV prevention activities.
  • Reduced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevalence from 27% before 2013 to 21% in 2016 through broad based awareness campaigns against FGM.


Women make up more than 50% of the Kenyan population. As mothers, they play a vital role in transmitting social and cultural values, shaping attitudes and behaviour and nurturing healthy families.

Women provide most of the labour in rural areas, much of it unpaid.

To transform Kenya, we must harness the full potential of our women and girls.

We will accelerate the empowerment of women, ensuring that their rights and liberties are protected and providing the skills and resources to participate at all levels in the social, political and economic spheres.

In the next 5 years we will:

  • Fully implement the “not more than two thirds” gender rule to ensure that at least 33% percent of all government and parastatal appointments are women.
  • Raise the profile of women in management and leadership by increasing to 30% the number of women appointed as Board chairs and CEOs in public institutions.
  • Women have demonstrated that they are a highly bankable and reliable borrower with a repayment rate of 92%. We will provide lending directly to women-led and owned SACCOs.
  • Extend the “Linda Mama” programmes to a total of one year to cover both ante-natal and post-natal care and reduce maternal and child mortality rates.
  • Promote the study of Science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM) by girls in our schools by ensuring that women constitute at least 30% of the STEM teacher trainees.
  • Align the property and succession laws with the Constitution to guarantee women equal rights and close the gaps in the law to ensure protection for widows.


Harnessing and Supporting Our Nation’s Future


  • Expanded the youth empowerment programme by providing low interests loans to youth owned enterprises to enable them to grow their businesses.
  • Increased the number of young people recruited through the National Youth Service (NYS) from 4,000 in 2013 to 37,005 in 2016.
  • Ksh42.8 billion has been awarded to youth, women and people with disabilities through the 30% procurement Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) benefitting close to 40,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the supply chain.
  • Trained over 12,000 young people for Micro, Small and Medium enterprises in entrepreneurship and management in the past four years compared to none in 2012/13.


Young people are the cornerstone of Kenya’s future. We have a large pool of talented and entrepreneurial youth who seek opportunities, not handouts.

Young people that seek to utilise their talents. Our transformation programme aims to harness this creative energy by providing skills and opportunity to young people to take our country to the next level.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Establish a Youth Development Council to coordinate all youth activities and facilitate the training, skills building and mentoring to link young people with emerging internships and job opportunities.
  • Ensure every young person seeking employment is identified by carrying out a continuous Ward, Constituency and County level registration process through the Ajira Platform.
  • Ensure more opportunities for employment for youth employment by transforming the National Youth Service to implement commercial projects in Kenya and abroad.
  • Expand the participation of young people in national development and guarantee that 30% of all appointments, projects and budgets specifically target them.
  • Linking training and skills building to jobs, we will attach every youth registered through the Ajira Platform to a specific public or infrastructure project.
  • Encourage organisations to recruit interns by expanding the tax incentive framework.
  • Prepare highly talented young people to work in the Public Service by introducing a Young Professionals Management Programme.
  • Establish the Biashara Bank to provide coordination in the delivery of affordable financing and support for business development.


Celebrating our sporting heroes, our culture and our arts


  • Upgraded and rehabilitated Kisumu Moi Stadium, Mombasa Municipal Stadium and Uasin Gishu Kipchoge Keino Stadium.
  • Established a Ksh100 million National Sports Fund.
  • Set up Kenya’s first international sports academy.
  • Established a film school which took its first intake in June 2016.
  • Successfully bid to host international sporting events and set to host the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world youth championships in July 2017.
  • Rehabilitated the Kenya Cultural Centre.


Sports and the creative arts are strong unifying factors.

They bring everyone together, strengthening our bond as a nation and help us maintain our cultural heritage.

Kenya will be a country where we proactively use sports, music, dance, and other arts in schools to nurture talent and forge our national identity.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Continue to provide and improve sports facilities by finalising the construction of three major new stadia in Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret along with the Kenya Academy of Sports.
  • Upgrade regional stadia in Kiambu, Makueni, Elgeyo Marakwet, Marsabit, Nyeri and Chuka.
  • Encourage and support national football clubs, invest in setting up youth teams and provide the sporting facilities required to nurture and develop young talent.
  • Protect athletes from doping by sustaining anti-doping education and sensitisation campaigns. through the proposed National Sports, Culture and Arts Fund.
  • Implement the Finance Act of 2015 incentivising and growing the local film industry, as well as a rebate system aimed at directing more international film-makers to Kenya.
  • The Government will complete the Ultra-Modern National Library at Upper Hill in Nairobi and fully operationalise the Kenya Film School.


Corruption is a crime – it must be seen and treated as such


  • Digitised most public services delivery systems to make them more efficient and accessible to the public.
  • Constituted a Multi-Agency anti-corruption team resulting in an unprecedented number of 360 cases now being before the courts.
  • Invested in training and institutional reforms in the judiciary to support the fight against corruption.
  • Recovered or reserved for recovery over Ksh3bn of proceeds of economic crimes, the highest amount ever in the fight against corruption in Kenya.
  • Legislated to address the legal loopholes that hamper the fight against graft.
  • Transformed, updated and invested in the Judiciary.
  • Enacted the National Legal Aid Act 2016 to improve access to justice.

Our Vision is a Kenya committed to a fair, just, secure and orderly management of public affairs in a society that upholds the rule of law.

Every Kenyan must feel confident that the legal and justice systems will support and protect them equally before the law.

We will investigate, prosecute and punish perpetrators of corruption at all levels of society using the full force of the law.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Develop the Huduma network, expand the automation of public service delivery systems, digitise payments for all public services and enhance use of technology in law enforcement.
  • Support and enhance investment in the capacity of the judiciary to expedite the hearing and disposal of economic crime cases.
  • Increase the penalty to include jail time for economic crimes and work with the judiciary to ensure all economic crime cases are resolved within 6 months.
  • Immediately deploy an enhanced protection and reward framework for whistleblowers.
  • Publish annual details of all the procurement awards for major government projects.
  • Review our taxation, duty and customs frameworks to ensure a predictable, fair and transparent formula based system.
  • Roll out a service charter framework for the delivery of public services.
  • Implement mandatory and continuous values and ethics training for our public service.


Ensure efficient services for the people of Kenya, delivered with integrity


  • Devolved 60,000 public service staff functions to the county governments.
  • Launched Mwongozo which addresses the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the Boards of our state corporations.
  • Made service delivery more efficient through 45 Huduma Centres covering 41 counties.
  • Increased housing and hardship allowances and enhanced Medical Insurance Scheme for civil servants including Group Life and last expenses.

It is the duty of Government to oversee the most effective Public Service institutions possible and to ensure that the ethos of these institutions is just that – Public Service. Public Servants must go about their work motivated by, and understanding of, their obligation to serve the people of Kenya.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Establish a public servant culture where government services are underpinned by respect, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Reduce and eliminate wastage in the utilisation of public resources to generate Ksh1 trillion in savings over five years.
  • We will establish a General Services Agency (GSA) which will manage and support the basic administrative functioning of government, procure all supplies and services, communications, transportation and office space.
  • Put effective implementation and delivery of key programmes and commitments at the heart of public sector training, reward and recognition.
  • We will Institute Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and establish clearly understood timelines and delivery targets for each and every investment undertaken and establish penalties for missed KPIs.
  • Accelerate and finalise the implementation of the State Corporations reform programme as part of the drive to provide better services to all Kenyans.
  • Ensure all public servants earn similar and suitable wages for respective jobs through the harmonisation of remuneration and benefits in the entire public service at both the national and county level.
  • Build an efficient and highly skilled human capital in the public service by enhancing existing skills and competencies through structured training at the School of Government and other institutions.


Our unity is our strength


  • Increased active members registered with National Social Security Fund (NSSF) from 1.2 million in 2013 to 2.3 million which has improved social security for Kenyans.
  • Expanded the social safety net by increasing the number of beneficiaries from 227,969 Orphans and Vulnerable Children, older persons and persons with severe disabilities in 2013 to over 700,000 in 2017.
  • Expanded the bursary fund targeting orphaned and vulnerable children in high schools from 118 in 2013 to 37,043 beneficiaries provided in 2017 through an allocation of Ksh1.3mn per constituency. This has increased enrolment, retention, and graduation rate in secondary schools.
  • Expanded democracy and promoted citizen participation in the rule of law through the 320 Peace Committees which work with Nyumba Kumi and the Councils of Elders.
  • Closed a painful chapter in our history through the President’s apology to the country for historical injustices and the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons.
  • Rejected exclusion and recognised the Makonde as Kenya citizens. Given the Nubian people 288 acres of land in Kibra which they have been seeking for more than 50 years.
  • Overseen the operationalisation of the Equalisation Fund which has disbursed Ksh6bn to the 14 most disadvantaged counties.
  • Legislated against hate speech.
  • Ensured that for the first time in the history of our nation, boda boda riders, cooks, watchmen and Kenyans from all walks of life have sought and obtained elective positions.

We envision a Kenya where every person and every community is proud to be Kenyan and actively contributes to strengthen our national fabric.

Our Constitution declares that we are “proud of our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity and are determined to live in peace and unity as one indivisible sovereign nation”.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • 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.
  • Ensure balanced development across all counties to broaden opportunities for all by establishing at least one industry in every county.
  • Enhance the capacity of our education institutions to promote and nurture nationhood and integration through the education curriculum and the revitalisation of our national schools.
  • Review and reform the mandate of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to make it more effective in promoting national cohesion.
  • Register all births and issue IDs to all eligible bona fide Kenyans.
  • Use ICT to enable Mwananchi to give feedback, register complaints and make suggestions on issues that affect their life.
  • Promote Kiswahili as the main language of communication.


Protecting You, Your Property and Our Country


  • Increased the number of police officers and enhanced the effectiveness of our police force.
  • Established and operationalised a Command and Control Centre with 3,080 cameras installed in Nairobi, Mombasa and their environs.
  • Developed and launched a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Strategy.
  • Continued to work with our partners to eradicate the ever-present international threats of terrorism, piracy, money laundering and drug/child trafficking.
  • Worked with regional and international partners to help stabilise Somalia and successfully degrade the capacity of Al Shabaab and the threat it poses to Kenyans and the region.
  • Improved the mobility of police and administration officers through the acquisition of over 3,000 assorted motor vehicles and more than 5,000 motorbikes for Chiefs.
  • Increased the number of operational police stations from 237 in 2013 to 441 in 2017.
  • Created a Security Force to defend the nation’s borders, particularly with Somalia.

The first duty of the administration is to keep Kenyans and their property safe and protected from internal and external threats.

We will deepen the reforms in the security sector and improve collaboration in the management of crime and security information to strengthen our capability to detect, deter and disrupt threats to our people and our sovereignty.

In the next 5 years we will:

  • Expand the Integrated Command and Control Centre (IC3) to cover other cities and towns.
  • Enhance community participation in security by strengthening the Nyumba Kumi initiative.
  • Strengthen the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) by acquiring more specialised vehicles.
  • Provide modern equipment and trained officers to expand our border protection capacity.
  • Expand the capacity of the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU).
  • Modernise the National Police Service (NPS) Air-wing to improve aerial surveillance.
  • Construct 20,000 houses annually for Police Officers and Prison Warders and establish a level 5 National Police Service hospital.
  • Equip the newly completed Forensic Laboratory to enhance science related criminal investigations.

Bringing governance closer to the people


  • Completed the historic duty of transferring all the devolved functions to the county Governments, bringing services closer to the people.
  • Enabled the creation of county governments by transferring officers who were performing now devolved services to their respective counties.
  • Further supported the counties and enabled them to undertake their devolved functions immediately the functions were transferred.
  • Increased the ratio of shareable revenues allocated to the counties from 15% to 34%.
  • Worked with the county governments to rehabilitate health facilities and provide specialised medical equipment.
  • Established a joint programme with the county governments in pastoralist areas for livestock insurance against various risks. This is a first in both Kenyan and African history.
  • Established a benefit-sharing framework that ensures local communities benefit from natural resources in their locality.

Devolution is a great journey whose destination is the freedom and prosperity of all Kenyans. Because of devolution, every part of Kenya will be at the centre of Kenya and the people of Kenya will be at the very heart of decision-making.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Embark on a deliberate effort to harness the potential of each of our counties to distribute economic growth and develop industry and jobs across the country.
  • Work with county governments to strengthen public service delivery at the county level.
  • Set aside 1% of research and development funds to document lessons and best practices from the counties to inform management, capacity building, budgeting and planning.
  • Build a stronger framework for intergovernmental cooperation by strengthening the Intergovernmental Technical Relations Committee to resolve any challenges that emerge.
  • Together with the county governments, review all the existing legal instruments to address any gaps that hinder service delivery to the people of Kenya.
  • Strengthen devolution by implementing a structured system of conditional grants to enable county governments to raise their own revenues and drive investment.


A rising tide to lift all boats


  • Kenya’s economic growth over the last four years has been resilient and robust, reaching a high of 5.8% in 2016 and exceeding the African average of 1.5%.
  • Total employment increased by 5.9% annually creating an estimated 800,000 jobs every year.
  • Increased revenue collection and maintained a Tax Effort of about 19% of GDP, the highest in EAC.
  • Kenya was ranked as the second most attractive Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination on the Africa Attractiveness Index (2017), amongst 46 African economies. FDI in Kenya increased from US$259mn in 2012 to US$1.437bn in 2015 and reached US$1.9bn in 2016.
  • The shilling has remained stable against major world currencies and interest rates have stabilised following the capping of interest rates and continued tight monetary policy.
  • Annual remittances from Kenyans in diaspora have remained strong at around US1.55bn playing a vital role in supporting the construction boom and the real estate sector and the establishment of MSEs.
  • For two years in a row Kenya has been ranked as the 3rd most improved country globally in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business survey, making Kenya an attractive investment destination. As a result, about 200 international companies have established offices in Kenya at least 20 of which have been established as regional headquarters.
  • A total of Ksh25bn has been transferred to MSMEs through Youth, Uwezo and Women enterprise funds providing support to close to 15 million people who have been enabled to set up businesses and provide for their families as a result.


We recognise that a secure and prosperous nation is built on solid foundations of sustainable employment and broadening opportunities in which people can provide for themselves and their families and be assured of a brighter future. A growing economy must work for all Kenyan citizens.

We will continue to build a middle-income society for the benefit of all. We will work towards high, rapid and inclusive economic growth, to create wealth and reduce inequalities and thus improve the lives of all citizens.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Reduce and eliminate wastage in the utilisation of public resources to generate Ksh1tn in savings over five years, that will be applied to enhance our productive capacity and pay down our national debt. We will establish a General Services Agency (GSA) which will manage and support the basic administrative functioning of government, procure all supplies and services, communications, transportation and office space.
  • Reduce the cost of living for Mwananchi by stabilising the cost of food, energy and transport. In the short term, we will ensure that no Kenyan will die from famine and the effects of the recent drought are mitigated by working with the private sector to import and distribute additional grain.
  • In the medium term, we will increase food availability and cost by improving storage to reduce post-harvest losses, increasing agricultural productivity through irrigation of at least 1 million acres, subsidising seeds and fertilisers and expanding the Strategic Food Reserve programme.
  • This combined with the efforts that the Jubilee administration has made to reduce the cost of education and health care and the massive expansion and improvement of transport and energy infrastructure as well as the proposed massive low-cost housing programme will make high cost of living for all Kenyans a thing of the past.
  • Increase our revenue generation to achieve a Tax Effort of 27% of GDP from the current 19% of GDP by putting a strong focus on improved technology and intelligence led tax practices that support national priorities.
  • To achieve the desired growth and job creation goals, we will increase the level of savings from 18.3% to 25.3% by 2022. We will boost national savings by creating a National Sovereign Wealth Fund which will mandate that at least 5% of revenues from the extractive industries are saved for this generation and generations to come. In addition, we shall roll out M-Akiba, the online people investments platform.
  • Stimulate domestic demand by increasing the tax bands by another 10% and increasing relief by another 10% which will increase the lowest taxable income from Ksh11,135 per month to Ksh13,486 and thereby increase the take home income of most low income earners.
  • Work together with county governments to rationalise the public-sector wage bill whilst strengthening the capacity of Government to make and execute public policy.
  • Review the existing Public-Private Partnerships Framework to secure faster approval and implementation of projects.
  • Strengthen support for devolution by implementing a structured system of Conditional Grants to enable county governments to enhance their capacity to raise their own revenues, drive investment to national priority areas and strengthen their organisational capabilities.


Laying the foundations of our national success


  • Massively increased the paved road network, completing a record breaking 1,950 km of new roads. A further 7,000 kilometres are already under construction.
  • Prioritised our road development programme, both to decongest traffic in our cities and towns and to cater for increased traffic. All the by-passes and link roads in Nairobi are complete. The outer-ring road and Ngong road are being expanded. The Changamwe-MIA-Dongo Kundu road, helping decongest Mombasa, is almost complete.
  • Rehabilitated and reopened the Mtongwe Ferry services to address congestion at the Likoni channel crossing. All these efforts are geared towards shortening journey times, minimising fuel wastage, cutting air pollution, reducing traffic jams and increasing our economic productivity. We are moving thousands of trucks and lorries out of the city centres, improving the environment, increasing safety and reducing travel time.
  • Upgraded our airports and airstrip infrastructure to support expanded passenger capacity for local and regional flights and to spread growth across all counties. We prioritised the expansion of Kisumu Airport as a hub to support and service trade in the Great Lakes; likewise, Isiolo Airport to support the LAPPSET corridor; and we expanded and upgraded both Lamu and Malindi airports to support the tourism industry.
  • After more than a century without modern rail, we have in three years constructed a state of the art railway that will have significant positive spillover impact for our economy. The Nairobi-Mombasa Madaraka Express (SGR) which is undoubtedly the largest infrastructure project undertaken since independence and will dramatically cut the travel time from Nairobi to Mombasa from over 12 hours to just 4. It will bring down the cost of transporting people, goods, and services and open up businesses, economic and industrial zones along the route.
    We are already beginning to reap the dividends from these many investments. The journey from Moyale to Nairobi has been reduced from 3 days (72 hours) to 7 hours and the number of buses on this route has increased from 1 to 30 buses a day.
  • Constructed a second container terminal at the port of Mombasa that has put it on a par with the best in Africa, increased the container throughput and enabled the port to handle even larger vessels. The upgrades in infrastructure and security at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have seen Kenya receive Category 1 status from the Federal Aviation Authority of the US government which allows for direct flights between our two countries.
  • Increased power generation and added 657 MW to the grid. We have given priority to clean energy, (geothermal, wind power, solar and hydro), which now accounts for over 75% of the installed capacity compared to the world average of only 24%. Not only are we providing a reliable form of energy, we are providing a responsible and environmentally friendly energy.
    In four years, we have connected more Kenyans to the grid than were connected in the 50 years since independence to 2013. Through the last mile programme an additional 3.65 million households have been connected increasing the total number of Kenyans with access to electricity from 12.8 million in 2013 to 33 million in 2017.
  • We have installed street lights in all 47 counties headquarter towns as well as 36 other major towns including Marsabit, Lamu, Bondo and Garissa.
  • Between 1963 and 2013 only 8,200 public primary schools had been connected to electricity. In the last four years, we have connected an additional 15,137 public primary schools representing 97% of all public primary schools in Kenya.
  • Kenyans are now enjoying affordable, reliable power, a reduction in business costs and increased security in towns and cities. Street lighting is making it possible for 24 hour economies to emerge in places like Mtwapa, Emali and Wajir.


Our vision to transform Kenya into a middle-income economy has thus far been hampered by inadequate and inefficient transport and energy infrastructure.

It was difficult for farmers to get their produce to market and constrained the growth of both industry and regional trade.

Large sections of the country have remained under-developed primarily because of poor transport and energy infrastructure.

We will not allow these impediments to get in our way and we will maintain the ambitious infrastructure programme to propel our transformation Such is our ambition that we have connected more electricity in four years than many countries have achieved in a generation.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Implement an integrated transport infrastructure system by linking production centres in the Northern Corridor, the Central Corridor and the LAPSSET Corridor with cost-effective transport, logistics, energy and utility systems to ease trade and reduce production costs. Together, these corridors cover more than twenty counties and will open up more than 75% of the country’s land mass.
  • Construct a rail link from Lamu to Miritini, a road from Lamu to Isiolo and complete the development of the remaining 29 berths in Lamu port.
  • Construct the Mombasa-Nairobi six lane highway toll road which together with the SGR will transform the 450 kilometers between the two cities into one large and vibrant economic zone.
  • Construct the second phase of the SGR from Nairobi to Naivasha, ensuring that at least 40% of the contract value is allocated to Kenyan companies.
  • Install street lights in all urban centres to facilitate the 24-hour economy and ensure that by 2020 all Kenyans will be connected to electricity either from the national grid or an off-grid source.
  • Complete the development of new power plants currently under construction including the 310 MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Plant (the largest wind power plant in Africa), and the two units in Olkaria that will add another 210 MW to the grid.
  • Implement the 50% lower tariff for firms who run night shifts between 10pm and 6am to stimulate the 24-hour economy and reduce energy costs for heavy users.


Building an economy and industries that take Kenya to the next level


  • Developed the Industrial Transformation Programme, a comprehensive policy framework to guide Kenya on its journey to industrialisation.
  • Increased Export Processing Zones (EPZ) from 47 in 10 counties in 2013 to 59 in 20 counties which support 572,000 direct and indirect jobs. Enacted laws that have attracted new investors, creating linkages and opportunities for local suppliers and enhanced economic activities across the country.
  • Built the Kenya Leather Park in Machakos for over 7,000 Small and Medium Enterprises, set up the Leather Cluster Common Manufacturing Facility in Kariokor and the Athi River Textile City Industrial Sheds which will create employment opportunities for 22,000 Kenyan Women and Youth in the textile and apparel sector.
  • Revived and transformed industries which can support economic growth and job creation including the transformation of the Kenya Cooperative Creameries Ltd , Pan paper (renamed RAI paper), Mumias sugar, the coffee sector and the blue economy (fisheries and the shipping line) which, if fully exploited, have the potential to generate revenues of about Ksh500 billion a year up from the current Ksh178.8bn.
  • Re-established the automobile industry to support job creation and make new vehicles more affordable to Kenyans. We have ensured linkages were also established with leather, textiles, tyres and other parts industries and business to widen the circle of job and business creation.
  • Volkswagen, Toyota and Peugeot have started, or will soon start local production and Toyota’s highly adaptable and low-cost Mobius is already being produced for the local market. The industry will provide avenues for technology and skills transfer supported by a new automotive centre of excellence in Thika.
  • We have positioned Kenya to unlock its mineral wealth by enacting the Mining Act 2016, a first in 75 years, and by establishing a supportive institutional framework for exploration and extraction. Annual royalty revenues from mining activities have increased from Ksh21mn in 2013 to Ksh1.35bn in 2017.


Our vision is to develop Kenya into a modern industrial hub. We will deliver projects that achieve quick and measurable results in bringing in revenues and employment growth.

These will build transformation momentum and grow local and international investor confidence in Kenya.

These sectors include agro-processing, fisheries, textiles and apparel, leather, construction materials and services, oil and gas and mining services, IT, tourism, wholesale and retail and small and medium enterprises.

The development of iron and steel industries is the backbone of the economic activity of any manufacturing country.

Direct and indirect consumption of steel in Kenya is projected to increase dramatically as the country continues the development of large scale construction programmes such as LAPSSET, our rail and road projects, housing, industrial parks and the development of the special economic zones - all which utilise steel in various forms.

Kenya has a well-educated labour force; robust financial services; highly developed ICT capabilities; and advanced infrastructure.

We have access to vast agricultural resources and are home to some of the most innovative entrepreneurs globally.

These are the right ingredients to support fast industrialisation and opportunities to create more jobs at every level.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Double the amount of our processed agricultural exports creating an additional 110,000 jobs and earning $600mn.
  • Improve Kenya’s global ranking (92nd) on Doing Business Indicators to within the top 50 and further lower the cost of doing business for both domestic and foreign investors.
  • Create and fully implement a robust Small and Medium enterprises (SMEs) development and support programme which will formalise the large number of informal businesses and support their growth from micro to small to medium to large enterprises. This would catalyse the creation of at least 1 million jobs and contribute to tax revenues.
  • Ensure that by 2022, at least 1 million entrepreneurs in the jua kali sector, which contributes close to 25% of our GDP will have become established as formal enterprises. The sector employs 11 million Kenyans, 50% of the country’s workforce.
  • Establish land banks for special economic zones, each of between 3,000 to 5,000 acres to create sufficient clustering and economic impact in the areas selected.
  • Expand our share of the USD84bn US textile market through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) from the current 0.4% to 10%. This will revive our cotton sector, generate an additional KSh 14-20bn and create over 100,000 jobs.
  • Promote ‘Buy Kenya’ and ‘Build Kenya’. We will steer government spend towards goods made in Kenya. Uniforms and shoes for the disciplined forces will be made in Kenya. We will expand NYS production works to include a modern steel mill which will support the proposed housing construction programme.
  • Strictly enforce the 40% local content for all government projects and reserve 30% of those projects for SME’s with proven capability to produce locally made goods and services.
  • Double the volume of processed agricultural exports to boost agriculture, create an additional 110,000 jobs and earn an additional Ksh60bn. We will promote and export “Made in Kenya” branded tea, coffee and leather. We will take advantage of the strategic location of the Port of Mombasa to set up a “food hub” to process and export consumer goods to serve the growing regional market.
  • Establish a Kenya Ex-Im Bank and a Kenya Industrial and Commercial Development Bank to provide long-term credit funded by long-term bonds.


Developing and protecting Kenya’s greatest national asset


  • Significantly expanded land ownership by issuing 3 million title deeds in the four years since 2013 as compared to 5.6 million title deeds issued in the 50 years between 1963-2013.
  • Automated land registration transaction and online-searches through the e-Citizen portal for Nairobi registry. Land records in 13 out of 57 land registries have been digitised.
  • Launched the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS), a digitised land data bank that has enhanced efficiency in serving the public. We have initiated the digitisation of 13 land registries that in turn has seen the automation of land registration transactions.
  • We have increased access to farm inputs such as seeds and machinery and provided 521,047MT of subsidised fertiliser to farmers thereby reducing the cost of production, enhancing the incomes of our farmers and crucially, improving national food security.
  • Provided insurance cover for livestock in Arid and Semi-Arid areas (ASAL) and insurance cover for crops to selected Counties, the first time this has been supported by government. Livestock insurance has been implemented in 6 counties, Turkana,Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera and Tana River with premiums worth KSh220mn.
  • Secured access to local and international markets for horticulture, livestock and fish produce. Constructed 18 fish market, 39 horticultural markets, 18 livestock sale yards. Secured, EU certification for farmed fish and Kenyan fish can now access the EU
  • Expanded acreage under irrigation from 354,775 acres in 2013 to 483,670 acres in 2017 including a 4,000 acre pilot project in Galana Kulalu, a Food Security Project which has 2,000 acres cropped with maize. This will greatly improve food security in the country.
  • We have stimulated agribusiness and agro-industrial development, revived and re-invested in growth enabling industries. These include the Mumias Sugar Company, the Pan Paper Mills (now Rai Paper Mills) and RIVATEX. We are further investing in the coffee sector and are modernizing KCC to make it a strategic milk processor.

The agriculture sector is one of the most critical in our economy. It contributes approximately 27% to the GDP, about 40% of government revenue and more than 60% of the total export revenue.

In addition, about 80% of the population relies on agriculture, directly or indirectly, for employment and livelihood.

The success of our transformation agenda, therefore, hinges on the success of the agricultural sector.

We shall support the modernisation of agriculture with a focus on small-holder farmers and we will make farming an attractive business and career for young people by promoting agriculture and agribusiness.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Complete the 57-large-scale dam construction programme, support small-holder agricultural drip irrigation and work with the private sector to enhance commercial agricultural production on at least 1.2 million acres.
  • 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; support the expansion and capacity of local fertiliser manufacture.
  • Establish centres of excellence through public-private-partnership arrangements as a one stop shop for mechanisation services for smallholder farmers, revive extension services and use ICT to educate farmers and link them to markets.
  • Work with county governments to establish at least one agricultural produce market that provides a central outlet for agricultural produce where farmers can sell directly rather than through middle men.
  • We will enhance the one-county-one-product initiative to facilitate better post-harvest management of food through food storage facilities, cold rooms and transport and distribution networks across the county.
  • Establish a Food Acquisition Programme to create demand and stabilise market prices for products from small-scale farmers who will be encouraged to form cooperatives in maize, wheat and potatoes. Under this programme, the government will buy 50% of its food requirements from small holder farmers.
  • Provide incentives for the integration of youth into agribusiness value chains, including market guarantees and incubation training and scholarships for youth in agribusiness.
  • Transform the strategic grain reserve (SGR) into a strategic food reserve (SFR) to include other food stuffs such as sorghum, millet, beans, peas, milk powder and canned beef.
  • We will formulate a land value index which shall be used for determining the cost of land in different parts of the country and to promote the use of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) framework to resolve land disputes on inheritance.
  • Maintain the use of green energy in which Kenya is a world leader.
  • Achieve 10% tree cover, improving on the current 7% cover, through growing safe trees and engaging public institutions to grow and value trees.
  • Improve disaster risk reduction and response through strengthened early warning systems.
  • Work to establish at least two proper waste management systems per county.
  • Attract investors to establish waste to energy infrastructure for Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru and Kisumu Counties.
  • Strictly enforce the protection of wetlands from any form of development.
  • Enforce the ban on use of polythene bags.


Promoting our fishing and coastal communities


  • Expanded fish production by restocking Lake Naivasha, Lake Jipe and the Tana River; supported fish farming and provided 922 fish cages to fish farmers around Lake Victoria,
  • Enhanced our capacity to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by foreign boats, with 4 new patrol vessels that enable us to better protect our marine resources. IUU in our waters costs the country an estimated Ksh10bn annually.
  • Diversified economic activity through the piloting of seaweed farming projects with support being offered to over 20,000 farmers in Kibuyuni, Mkwiro (Wasini Island), Funzi and Gazi.


Our Blue Economy (economic activity associated with our waters, lakes and oceans) is under developed, yet it provides a massive opportunity to grow and diversify the economy and generate jobs.

The Blue Economy contributes an estimated Ksh178.8bn to GDP annually. It has the potential to generate annual revenue approaching Ksh500bn. Raising our fish production and encouraging more Kenyans to eat fish will improve overall nutrition and diversify our food sources.

90% of Kenya’s international trade is seaborne for which we pay foreign shipping lines and agents more than Ksh304.7bn annually.

An opportunity exists to retain a portion of these earnings and create employment. We will implement an integrated maritime strategy and work towards promoting and developing the Blue Economy.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Enforce the Insurance Act which makes it unlawful for any person to place insurance offshore without prior written approval of the Commissioner of Insurance.
  • Revive the Kenya National Shipping Line and develop the maritime transport sector including shipping, shipbuilding and repair, marine engineering, marine insurance, logistical support and finance which has potential to create at least 50,000 quality jobs.
  • Transform Bandari College into a Maritime Centre of Excellence.
  • Build fishing ports in Shimoni, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu expected to create 12,000 jobs and add Ksh20bn to GDP.
  • Raise fish production from 180,000 MT to 304,000 MT per year through the regulated landing of fish.
  • Raise Kenya’s per capita consumption of fish from the current 4.6 kg/ person/year to the African average of 10 kg/person/year. We will reap the healthy benefits of a fish diet.
  • Enhance the role of our artisan fishermen by organising Beach Management Units (BMUs) into viable commercial entities with both capacity building and fleet modernisation potential.
  • Diversify the tourist package to include cruise, sport fishing, game safaris, marina, dolphin and whale watching and world class malls to create job opportunities and incomes.


Promoting Kenya’s place and role in the world


  • From the shadow of ICC in 2013 which severely constrained Kenya’s ability to operate freely on the global stage, we have emerged as an influential regional and global player.
  • The entire world has visited Kenya. We have hosted more than 50 heads of State including Pope Francis and President Obama. These events have raised the stature and reputation of our country and expanded jobs in the service sector.
  • Kenya has become the host of choice for high level international meetings, conferences and summits such as the Global Economic Summit, World Trade Organisation - MC10 Conference, UNCTAD 14 conference and TICAD. This is the highest number of conferences and summits since Independence.
  • We have become a key player in peacekeeping and conflict resolution and have supported operations in Somalia under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and facilitated the signing of peace agreements in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
  • Worked with regional and international partners to stabilise Somalia. As a result, we have degraded the capacity of Al Shebaa to attack our country and enabled Somali refugees to return voluntarily to their country reducing pressure on the Dadaab camp ecosystem.
  • Enfranchised the Kenyan diaspora in East and Southern Africa regions to vote in the upcoming elections.
  • Increased our external trade volumes from Ksh1.915bn in 2013 to Ksh2.158bn in 2017.
  • Established the one-area network which has reduced communication costs within the East African Community (EAC) making it easier for Kenyan to trade across international borders


No country stands alone. To fully achieve our desired social, economic transformation and political stability Kenya must work firstly with our neighbours within the EAC, with the rest of Africa and with the rest of the world.

We will remain an active member of regional and multilateral organisations and support regional and continental integration, with an emphasis on intra-African trade as a cornerstone of our socio-economic strategy

In the next 5 years we will:

  • Incrementally and equitably extend diaspora voting to all Kenyans around the globe.
  • Leverage our expanded global footprint to grow our markets for both produce and tourism.
  • Continue to support peacekeeping efforts. We need our region to be peaceful for Kenya to become truly stable and prosperous.
  • Promote regional integration starting with the East African Community. We will progressively work towards the development of an East African Political Federation


Together we are expanding Kenya’s digital frontier


  • Nairobi is now ranked as one of the world’s top 10 innovative cities. In the last 4 years, we have proactively harnessed this creative energy to open up innovation and employment .
  • Established a strong ICT backbone and provided an additional 1,700 kilometers of fibre network bringing the total to 6,000 kilometres covering all 47 counties. This has accelerated ICT development in rural areas and brought digital services to the doorsteps of all Kenyans.
  • Implemented the Digital Literacy Programme, preparing our children for the 21st century workforce and making Kenya a knowledge based economy.
  • Introduced Constituency Digital Innovation Hubs that will support entrepreneurs and facilitate access to Wi-Fi in all constituencies. This in turn will expand exposure to digital literacy and accelerate the uptake of online opportunities.
  • Embarked on the development of the Konza Techno-City, a world class technology hub for consultancy and infrastructure development which will promote job creation and, economic development and drive a knowledge based economy with new start-ups through to multinational corporations.
  • Provided a supportive regulatory environment allowing mobile banking to operate side by side with traditional banks. This has raised the level of financial inclusion to 89%. M-Pesa has 25.8 million users, which represents a penetration of 93.0% of total customer base

A strong ICT market is a critical component of competitiveness in a global market and often enables other industrial sectors.

Not only are technologies such as business ICT services or mobile communication important for reducing costs but they also provide efficiency of operations that allows Kenyan industry including SMEs to leapfrog and keep up with the rest of the world.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Complete the implementation of Enterprise Kenya to support and build the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in the country, enabling sectors to use local innovations, support the development of an ongoing talent-pool and workforce, promote co-innovation, research and development and support the development of national incubation hubs and accelerators.
  • Build on the local talents of our young people to encourage the local manufacturing and assembly of digital devices.
  • Build on the Ajira Digital Programme to empower and support our youth to take advantage of online job opportunities. This will create over 1 million online jobs in the next 5 years.
  • Build on the ingenuity of the Konza Techno-city to establish a Media city, Konza phase II and an e-commerce hub.


I Love Kenya!


  • Domestic tourism has improved with a significant increase in the number of night occupancies by Kenyans from 2.8 million in 2013 to 3.15 million in 2015.
  • Tourism contributes approximately 11% of Kenya’s GDP.
  • Business and conference tourism has increased with the number of international delegations increasing from 40,000 to 77,000 between 2013 and 2015.
  • The successful promotion of alternative income sources for communities living around game parks and wildlife reserves to ensure conservation of natural habitats and expand the system of direct benefits to residents.
  • Enhanced the capacity of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) by introducing an air unit, intelligence and technology based wildlife protection, provision of body armour for wardens and competitive benefits for KWS staff.


Home to 60 national parks and reserves, a broad offering of cultural and historic attractions and over 500km of glorious sunny coastline, Kenya has the potential to become one of the most preferred global tourist destinations in the world. Tapping into this potential would represent a boost in jobs and income.


In the next 5 years we will:

  • Diversify our tourism products to include low cost and high value packages. Increase the number of foreign tourists from 1.1 million to 2 million by 2020, and the number of domestic overnight visitors from 1.4 million to 6.0 million. But these numbers could be much higher with the other transformative actions that have been taken to improve safety and infrastructure.
  • Enhance the tourism circuits, in collaboration with the counties, to ensure that every part of the country optimally benefits from the locally available tourist attraction potential.
  • Promote local tourism to complement foreign source markets.
  • Encourage and support county-based events such as cultural weeks to foster national understanding and integration.
  • Continue investing in infrastructure to facilitate tourism.
  • Work with international partners to increase direct, low-cost flights to Kenya.
  • Make health and medical tourism a vibrant socio-economic sub-sector in Kenya.