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.
READ MORE From ‘Made in Kenya’ to hustle economics: what is the 2022 voter buying?
“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.
READ MORE Kenya election 2022: A record 47 independents vie for the presidency
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.
READ MORE Is Kenya’s ‘deep state’ a reality or scarecrow in its democracy?
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.
Understand Africa’s tomorrow… today
We believe that Africa is poorly represented, and badly under-estimated. Beyond the vast opportunity manifest in African markets, we highlight people who make a difference; leaders turning the tide, youth driving change, and an indefatigable business community. That is what we believe will change the continent, and that is what we report on. With hard-hitting investigations, innovative analysis and deep dives into countries and sectors, The Africa Report delivers the insight you need.
Give yourself a headstart:
Get full access to The Africa Report on all your devices.
The victory of South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma’s supporters in the governing African National Congress (ANC) in his home province … of KwaZulu-Natal could hardly have come as a surprise to President Cyril Ramaphosa. But it is a blow to his campaign to be re-elected at the party’s national conference in December.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda next month to try to tamp down escalating … tensions between the two countries, The Africa Report has learned. On the agenda: the M23 rebellion, elections, and mining contracts.
Kenya’s presidential and parliamentary elections have angered some voters after the country’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) linked … 241 candidates to corruption, barely two weeks to the 9 August polls.
Macron’s trip voyage to Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau comes as France faces a crisis of legitimacy in the region. The former colonial power … was forced to withdraw from Mali earlier this year after anti-French protests took place, weakening its influence in West Africa.
By Victor Abuso