Kenya Kwanza leadership has ratified agreements with the 47 provincial governments outlining the coalition’s agenda for each of the decentralized units. The coalition also set out its commitment to address the plight of TUSEN living and working in the diaspora.
Vice President William Ruto led the Kenyan Kwanza Brigade in the signing of the 47 charters at the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) on Friday, August 5.
The charters, according to the coalition, are the culmination of economic forums held in the 47 provinces ahead of the launch of the Kenya Kwanza manifesto.
Vice President William Ruto addresses delegates at the CUEA on Friday, August 5 during the signing of the covenants with the provinces.
Addressing delegates at Friday night’s event, Ruto hinted that the covenants signed were an indication that the country has turned into an issue-based politics.
“I am very proud that we have at least changed the conversation in our country. It was about how we can create opportunities in our agriculture and how we can create opportunities in our business.
“We have made this country’s talk about issues affecting Kenya,” Ruto noted.
The charters were merged into a contract with promises to each unit. One of the most important parts of the contract is value addition in agriculture. According to Ruto, his government will make every effort to allow farmers to take maximum advantage of their agricultural activities.
He specifically mentioned tea and coffee cultivation and argued that cartels and middlemen have been a stumbling block to farmers maximizing the benefits of the two cash crops. Furthermore, Ruto stated that the poor prices of tea had forced some people to resort to Rwanda for better prices.
“There are people in Kenya who are adding value to tea in Rwanda because we have a challenge in Kenya. I have made a commitment to the investors who want to work with us and with the farmers,” Ruto promised.
Still on the agricultural side, Kenya’s Kwanza leadership pledged to address the plight of fishermen, particularly in the Lake District. The vice president promised to provide storage facilities and fishing equipment, which has been a challenge for the industry in the country.
In addition, Ruto vowed to oversee imports of fish from China raised by fishermen in Kisumu.
In line with the economic model proposed by Kenya, the DP also promised access to credit facilities for small-scale traders in the country.
Minister of Diaspora
To address the issues facing TUSEN in the diaspora, Ruto pledged to form a special ministry of Diaspora. The Kenyan Kwanza leader noted that the impact of the diaspora community members investing in Kenya should not be overlooked and the government should therefore address the challenges they face.
Ruto further noted that the contract is a statement that his leadership is willing to keep its promises. According to Kenya’s presidential candidate Kwanza, the contract would provide the basis on which his leadership will be assessed at the end of his term – if he is elected president.
Kenya Kwanza’s economic adviser David Ndii confirmed Ruto’s comments, adding that his chances of running for a second term will depend on his performance based on the promises enshrined in the contract. According to Ndii, the coalition deputies will use the contract as a judging scheme to decide whether the DP deserves a second term or not.
“This contract, i.e. the fifth president, will be the first to be told by his party that you are not automatically entitled to a nomination for a second term, his appointment is subject to execution,” Ndii said.
Vice President William Ruto at Kasarani Stadium during the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto launch on Thursday, June 30, 2022