The United Democratic Forum will abolish the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams and halve the price of bread if it wins the next elections.This is one of the key pledges outlined in the party’s draft manifesto ahead of a March 2013 election.
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi hopes to be the presidential torchbearer for the party.
According to the document, every child will get 14 years of basic education as stipulated in the Constitution.
Currently, basic education is up to Standard Eight. Among other proposals in the manifesto obtained by the Nation is to cut down parastatals from the current 150 by half “to release Sh600 billion for reallocation to priority sectors.”
UDF plans to reduce the cost of bread from Sh43 to Sh25 by removing the 60 per cent tax charged on imported wheat.
Kenya produces a paltry 200,000 tonnes of wheat against a national annual consumption of 900,000 tonnes. The deficit is imported.
Industrialisation assistant minister Ndiritu Muriithi, who is an official of UDF, promised to put three million acres under sunflower to stop importation of palm oil that costs Sh40 billion every year.
“The two million jobs that have been repatriated to other countries must be brought back immediately,” UDF says. The party is the first to roll out a campaign manifesto ahead of next year’s General Election.
Mr Muriithi said a UDF government would also scale up Central Artificial Insemination Services in Kabete from 800,000 to four million inseminations per year.
“We aim to raise productivity from five litres per cow per day to 20 litres within 10 years,” he said.
A UDF government would also reverse the privatisation of KPLC. More than Sh2 billion would be allocated to software development and a further Sh60 billion, or 1.5 per cent of GDP, would go to research and development.
Source: Daily Nation