Manifestos rich on promises, vague on delivery strategies

President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Deputy President William Ruto at the launch of the Jubilee Party's manifesto at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi on June 26, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The manifestos of the Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance are not innocent.
  • They are meant to excite supporters and opponents at the same time.
  • Both parties wish to get support for their policies by emphasising what they think the majority of Kenyans want to hear.
  • This is where they go wrong.
  • The parties failed by not producing county specific ideas.

The Jubilee Party and the National Super Alliance have released their policy intentions for the next five years. Each hopes to use its manifesto to guide its government if it wins the presidential elections on August 8, 2017. The two policy documents are not similar. They are different in substance even though the messages centres on building the country. The ideas on which they are developed are different. One has chosen the “development” route. Brick and mortar and social services are strong elements in the Jubilee Party's manifesto. The other has chosen the governance route and specifically “politics”. Building a strong and united Kenya where everyone is included is a strong message in Nasa’s.

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