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By Victor Abuso
Posted on Thursday, 9 June 2022 12:53, updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 11:56
After Kenya’s polls body announced the official four candidates vying for presidency in the August polls, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga unveiled his 10-point plan for Kenya, a plan that his rival, Deputy President William Ruto, has criticised.
Just a day after he was cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Raila launched his manifesto, detailing his plans should he win the election. “We have consulted the people of Kenya, they want to see change,” he said while unveiling his agenda.
Ruto however downplayed his rival’s manifesto, saying the former prime minister’s vision will negatively affect the second-hand clothing business.
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“Trickle down is dangerous. They branded business people’s merchandise counterfeit and destroyed them. Now clothing enterprises are dealers in dead-people’s wares to be banned. BOTTOM UP, using TVET will assist these enterprises grow from sewing, cottage to textile and leather industry,” Ruto said on Twitter, ahead of his manifesto launch on 30 June.
Trickle down is dangerous. They branded business people’s merchandise counterfeit & destroyed them. Now clothing enterprises are dealers in dead-people’s wares to be banned. BOTTOM UP,using TVET will assist these enterprises grow from sewing,cottage to textile & leather industry.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) June 7, 2022

1.’One County, One Product’
2. ‘Kazi Kwa Wote’
3. ‘Fukuza Njaa’
4. ‘Inua Jamii, Pesa kwa jamii’
5. ‘Azimio La Kina Mama’
6. Hashtag Inawezekana
7. ‘Baba care’
8. ‘Waste not a single child’
9. ‘Maji Kwa Kila Boma’
10. ‘Administrative Continuity’
Elias Mutuma, a political analyst based in Nairobi, says while Raila’s manifesto is appealing, it will be hard to live up to. “The challenge is, will the promises be implemented?”
From a shortlist of 17 names, the IEBC announced that only four candidates “met the requisite constitutional and statutory requirements”.
Press Release: Registration of Presidential Candidateshttps://t.co/ktBIYCWOG3#GE2022 pic.twitter.com/8ib7SpbT7B
— IEBC (@IEBCKenya) June 6, 2022

The other two candidates that made the list are lawyer David Mwaure and Professor George Wajackoyah, a former spy who once went into exile in Britain.
Before the official list was announced, more than 50 aspirants – the highest number ever recorded in Kenya’s electoral history – had expressed interest in succeeding President Kenyatta. No independent aspirant made it to the final list.
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To be accepted as a candidate, certain constitutional requirements had to be fulfilled:
The August poll will have the smallest number of candidates running for presidency ever since the onset of multiparty democracy in Kenya in the 1990s and in comparison to 2017 when eight candidates were on the ballot.
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Although there may be four official names on the ballot, this year’s contest is really a two-horse race between Ruto, who fell out with Kenyatta in 2019, and Raila, who now has the support of the outgoing president. Kenyatta has been openly rooting for Raila to become his successor.
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