Former UK Councillor appeal to Uhuru and Raila to let him lead Kenya
“GIVE ME THE CHANCE TO LEAD KENYA”:Britain based Kenyan politician, Daniel Munyambu who was first elected Councillor by 52 % in a white dominated area of Basildon in 2011 and later last year contested for a House of commons Member of parliament is making an appeal to President Uhuru and the main official opposition leader Raila Odinga to join hands and give him the chance to lead Kenya and turn a new page for the country by applying the skills, experience and leadership he has gained in British system. The 42 years old, who is being headhunted by two political parties in Kenya that sponsored a former president said in an interview, that five decades now, Kenya has been more divided not only along tribal lines but also socially and economically. Social ladder has been non-existent. Inequality has been as a result of the dead duck economic policies that has failed not only in meeting the potential Gross Domestic Product but also has been a disaster in job creation, per capita income and has seen increase in trade deficit. It`s pathetic that wage differential stands at 200 and that we have wages as low as Kshs. 5,000 a month in informal jobs especially house maids. The presence of over 3 million Kenyans in the diaspora is a reflection of calamitous economy as other African countries like Botswana has a negligible citizens in the diaspora as Gross Domestic product per capita in their country is four times higher to that of Kenya.
Economic blunder that has been based on extensive growth has affected every aspect of public life as every year 400,000 youth without skills or higher education joins unemployment club that has accumulated to an alarming 11 million unemployed. While education and national economy are meant to be intertwined, the former has been designed to serve individualist purpose for the privileged few who can afford higher education for speciality and expertise that reflects employers demand leaving millions without hope ever to better their lives. Impotent policies has forced 6 million Kenyans to live in slums across the country from Uhuru Owino , Kibera, Manyatta among others which is against Kenya Constitution that provides for every Kenyan to have adequate housing and also it breach human rights as provided by International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rightsarticle 11(1).
My priority will be to fix the economy, creating jobs, reforming education system, health, security, housing and promoting social cohesion. Corruption will be a thing of the past. I will start by reducing tax payers burden through downsizing the government by 40% and replacing with digital government which will be reliable and available around the clock and it will not only cut the cost but also reduce corruption significantly as the direct contact between tax payer and tax collector will be eliminated. The savings shall be channelled to human resources development, healthcare and infrastructure. Selected long-lasting industrial policies will be employed that will include knowledge economy that will aim at doubling GDP from the current $60B to $120B per year, increase in GDP per capita to $5000, eradicate obsolete poverty, reduce unemployment by 70-80%, improve human development and create conducive financial environment for Foreign Direct Investment. I will aim at improving living standard for Kenyans, reduce inflation rate to a 3% target that will boast consumer`s buying power as well as imports as purchasing power parity will see Kenya shilling growing stronger at an exchange rate of Ksh40 to a USA dollar and become more stronger with time. Consumer goods will be cheaper significantly. To remarkably reduce unemployment both in urban and rural areas,the Towns Act will be passed in parliament that will see new towns built in every constituency with similar facilities that includes hospitals, shopping malls, banks, and regenerating old towns among other services. The funds will come from central government budget allocation, foreign funds and investors. This will create millions of jobs both in short and long term and improving living standard.
Education system will be revolutionized toserve the national economy and I will start by digitising textbooks that will eliminate the burden of parents buying books. A ministry of Human Resources to be established to oversee implementinghuman development policy. Education from primary to secondary school will be free for all and healthy meals to be provided to primary school pupils. Higher education shall be funded through grants and long term loans for all and vocational centres with modern facilities with well-paid trained staffs to be established in every county that will offer training in knowledge economy including training healthcare professionals to serve the needs of the local people. There shall be” get back to school for adult” program for those who didn’t get opportunity for higher education which shall be funded through long term loans and grants. Open University will be launched that will serve millions of Kenyans. The role of healthcare and education will be devolved to county governments. The aim will be to have over 90% of Kenyans graduates at university level which will improve not only chance to improving living standard but also ameliorate human development.
County governments to have power to establish local police force that will work in coordination with the national police to ensure adequate security, which will also include stationing other intelligence agents at local level to work as a team in detecting and acting on crimes. As I deal with cross-border insecurity,among other measures, locally, with the understanding that unemployment is one of the source of insecurity, Iwill equip millions of Kenyans with relevant skills that reflects market demand and providing jobs for them locally as well as abroad especially lobbying to multinational companies to outsource their services to Kenyan youths who will already have received the right training in information technology.
Housing is a national issue that affects not only the 6 million who lives in slums across the country but also middle and low income earners as well as unemployed and the poor both in urban and rural areas. Due to chronic housing deficit, working class pay rent as high as 30% of their disposable income leaving them struggling to make the ends meet. I will initiate an elaborate social housing program that will be devolved to county governments by applying economies of scope, modern technology among other measures to cut the cost. The aim is to target the low income earners and the poor both in rural and urban to provide them with adequate housing . Legal and institutional frame work will be stepped up to eliminate politics in the program. County governments will receive intergovernmental funds ensuring equalization to limit disparities in housing needs. Upgrading slums will be implemented at county level. Every county will identify the housing needs of the local people including those in subsistence farming, the poor and unemployed and facilitate them with adequate housing. Town Act will set the basis for legal and political paradigm for land use in towns to reduce the cost in housing construction. Funds to finance the program will be sourced from established public banks, cooperatives, private investors, government subsidy in imported building materials as well as funds from United Nations Human Settlement Programme Fund. Slum upgrading shall not only provide adequate housing but will be aimed at construction of health facilities, schools, shopping malls and other economic activities to create employment for local people. National Housing bank will be established to provide access to mortgage for both middle and low income earners. Every countywill have its own factory onsite to manufacture cheap building blocks that will offer an alternative to natural stones.
Kenyans in theDiaspora will form 40% of the government that will hold the main ministries especially; economy, transport, health and education and other public appointments.
Am calling upon all Kenyans both at home and in the diaspora to transcend any differences, historical or current and we work as one society, one Kenya to make our country great for all. Am also welcoming all those with similar or different ideas and ideals to work with me as one team. Contact: [email protected]