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Odinga Plans to Restructure Debt, Fund Poor If He Wins Kenya Election

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Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday said he will aggressively pursue debt relief negotiations and a debt management plan. He also plans to strengthen the role of the National Treasury.

Odinga unveiled his 10 commandments, promising to jumpstart the economy within his first 100 days.

Speaking during a colourful evening event at Nyayo Stadium, he also pledged to reduce the cost of living as soon as possible and deliver double-digit growth in the future.

He emphasised a more compassionate Kenya.

In issuing his manifesto, the former Prime Minister also pledged to transfer Sh6,000 a month to needy families in his first 100 days.

And free education from nursery through college, university and skills training.

“This manifesto embodies the hopes and aspirations of our people, and outlines how they would like the business of government to be transacted on their behalf,” Raila said.

The ODM boss will be making a fifth stab at the presidency after unsuccessful bids in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017.

In unveiling his blueprint for the future, the ODM boss outlined priority interventions he said will transform the lives of Kenyans.

Odinga pledged his government will enforce zero tolerance to corruption, scale up universal health care and expand the space for media expression.

The leader of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya political coalition promised free education from nursery all the way to college and university.

As president, Odinga said, he would increase funding to the 47 county governments, ensure food security, provide water to every home and increase jobs.

He said one avenue would be recognition of prior learning certification for qualified artisans. That would give them access to government contracts and more work.

Odinga said he will focus on progammes that will greatly cushion Kenyans from the high cost of living that has made living unbearable to millions of citizens.

The Sh6,000 a month transfer to vulnerable households would be introduced swiftly.

Universal healthcare will become a reality in three months from his election, he said.

“[I will] ensure that every Kenyan shall receive adequate primary healthcare services as per need and this shall be free at the point of delivery – universal healthcare,” Odinga said.

He said all retired civil servants will continue receiving their medical cover at government cost.

On the fight against corruption, Odinga said all Azimio members — appointed and elected — shall sign a specific anti-corruption charter that they shall not engage in any form of graft.

“…fight corruption in all its forms: ‘Don’t want, don’t do, don’t dare’,” he said.

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