NASA’s Comprehensive Manifesto

28 Jun

The National Super Alliance launched its election manifesto Tuesday evening, drawing wide reactions from citizens and political commentators.

Applauded for its simplicity and touch with current realities in the country, the manifesto has been billed as the most realistic plan made for Kenya since the NARC one in 2002, which unfortunately never saw the light of day.

The National Super Alliance presented a range of proposals ranging from national unity to foreign policy. Probably the most eye-catching is the proposed universal health service fund that would effectively cover all Kenyans and replace the current NHIF.

The plan envisions to eliminate the current economic burden of healthcare on citizens and make it affordable to the majority. “The Universal Health Service Fund (UHSF) is NASA’s cure for medical bills. The operations portion of the Government’s health budget will be channeled into this Fund, rather than being disbursed to hospitals. The public will contribute a minimal amount, which will entitle them to free services in all designated health facilities. Health facilities will bill the Fund for every patient that they treat, just as they do for patients with NHIF cards and private health insurance.” the manifesto reads.

The event held at The Waterfront Grounds in Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi, was partly co-hosted by Nairobi Women Representative candidate Esther Passaris and ODM Nairobi senate hopeful Edwin Sifuna. The event saw a large attendance of NASA leaders and candidates countrywide.

“We need to get our priorities right. Our first duty and priority
is to feed ourselves. To be able-bodied and not be able to feed
one-self is to be stripped off one’s dignity.”

NASA plans to eliminate hunger and create employment in the country.

NASA has also proposed a free secondary education plan complete with government-funded student uniforms and stationery in addition to the currently available free primary education. “We have calculated and this will cost the government around kshs.60Billion” Said Musalia Mudavadi presenting part of the manifesto.

Fair enumerations for teachers, doctors, nurses, the police and other civil servants was also mentioned as the smiling KNUT chairman William Sossion looked on. His presence escalated immediate suggestions that he might be given a nomination to parliament through one of NASA’s political parties.

Eliminating hunger, increasing the food basket and helping farmers are also among the plans. “There is nothing to be
proud in feeding Europe with fresh vegetables, and adorning the
developed world’s tables with flowers, but still ranking among the bottom twenty of the most food insecure countries in the world”, reads the document in part.
“We need to get our priorities right. Our first duty and priority
is to feed ourselves. To be able-bodied and not be able to feed
one-self is to be stripped off one’s dignity.”

Security and the issue of withdrawal of Kenyan forces from Somalia was also addressed. Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula who is also among the coalition principals said NASA is committed to improving security in the country and enhance the dignity of both the citizens and the security services by providing better working conditions for the police force.

Implementing devolution to the letter and spirit of the constitution is also among the highlights. NASA is adamant it will be able to increase the budgetary allocation to the counties as well as establish smooth working relations between the two levels of governments. Bomet governor and “pentagon” member Isaac Rutto articulately repeated the now famous “Pesa mashinani” line.

ODM party leader and NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga vowed his government will bring national unity among Kenyans. He said his government will be for all Kenyans regardless of tribe or creed. In fact, NASA’s manifesto promises to officially recognize they many tribes that were denied official recognition by previous governments. These tribes include the Waswahili, the Ilchamus, the Elwana, Munyoyaya, Waata, Boni, Dushnak, Sakuye and Segeju. “This is a legacy of colonial bureaucracy” and NASA promises to change it.

The vice presidential candidate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka on his part said his government will give confidence to entrepreneurs retaliating the need to build a nation that competes with best among the world in the service industry. “The tourism industry is dead” he lamented promising to revive it once they come to office. Kalonzo also said NASA will support business-friendly initiatives. “Our government will do all it can to reach out to Kenyans in the diaspora”

Musalia Mudavadi emphasised the need to build a nation with livable cities, and
vibrant rural communities. “Promise what you can deliver and deliver what you promise” he said adding NASA is promising only what it can deliver.

The launch had an air of serious organization and was precise (although as has become a norm with Kenyan events the dj disappointed with unnecessary scratches in between presenters). This is in contrast to the ruling coalition’s own similar event that was held a day before with exaggerated pomp albeit lesser credibility as fresh allegations emerged of how the party had bought its 2013 general election manifesto from a popular city broker.

Whether NASA’s pragmatic approach will sway more voters to its growing base remains to be seen but the coalition may have just outdone the Jubilee Party, one more time.


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