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Kenya: Opposition launch of manifesto grabs headlines

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Opposition alliance, National Super Alliance (NASA) launch of its manifesto ahead of the August 8 polls grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Wednesday.“Nasa’s plan: Unity, jobs, health for all,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that Nasa has grouped its priorities under five main pledges it plans to work on if it forms the next government.

“The alliance, under presidential candidate Raila Odinga describes itself as “the coalition of the Constitution” in its manifesto launched last evening,” reported the daily.

“Raila pledge on jobs, food, corruption and security,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that Opposition chief Raila Odinga promises to create jobs, eradicate poverty, ensure food security, dismantle cartels and end runaway corruption if elected President on August 8.

“NASA launched its 2017 manifesto yesterday in the Waterfront Grounds, Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi. In what appears to be a response to the country’s severe food shortage, Raila has pledged that under the National Super Alliance government, Kenya shall never ran out of food,” reported the daily.

“Cartels must fall,” screamed the headline of the Standard newspaper which reported that Kenyans will lose the power to directly elect a president under a National Super Alliance (NASA) government in a radical proposal that the Opposition says will enhance national unity.

“According to the alliance’s manifesto, if Raila Odinga is elected President, NASA will sponsor constitutional amendments in its first 100 days in office to provide for a hybrid executive system based on the Bomas draft as a mechanism for enhancing cohesion,” reported the daily.

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