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Kenya: Launch of Jubilee manifesto, latest opinion poll, grabs headlines

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The Launch of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee ruling party and latest opinion poll, showing opposition leader Raila Odinga trailing President Kenyatta, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Monday.“Uhuru: My 10-Point Pledge to Kenya,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that new jobs, free secondary school education, expanded health care and social welfare system top the list of Jubilee’s promises for Kenya.

“In a manifesto unveiled yesterday, the Uhuru Kenyatta administration targeted key voter constituencies with promises to create over 6.5 million new jobs in five years, expansion of free maternity care, and doubling the fertiliser subsidy initiative at less than Sh1,500 to reduce the cost to farmers,” reported the daily.

“Uhuru pledges more jobs, cash for schools,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Monday evening stepped up their bid for re-election by citing their achievements as they accused the Opposition of “copying” them.

“During a session preceding the official launch of the Jubilee manifesto, the two leaders argued that they had achieved a lot within a short period,” reported the daily.

“Uhuru still ahead of Raila in poll,” screamed the headline of the Star newspaper which reported that if the election were held today, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta would still defeat NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, a Star survey indicates.

“In the opinion poll, Uhuru is ahead with 48 percent while the opposition chief trails him at 39 percent,” reported the daily.

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