Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has launched his manifesto detailing his plan for another five-year term if he carries the day in the August polls.
Nyong’o launched his ten point manifesto at Citam church in Kisumu on Thursday, flanked by his Deputy Governor Mathews Owili and hundreds of his supporters and political allies.
The Governor pledged that Kisumu would continue to see positive results in his second term in office.
“We have restored the county on a development trajectory, for five years we have been building back better in the next five years we will be focusing on building for the future,” he said.
During the launch Nyong’o also presented his score card in his quest for votes for a term he says will be the last stub in his political carrier.
The manifesto dubbed ‘wasetimo wadoktimo’ (we have done, we are going back to do) outlined his plan for the next five years.
The Governor pledged revitalize agriculture for food security and agribusiness through revamping rice production as well finalizing the partnership with United Greens (UK) for production in cotton and rice value chains.
Nyong’o promised to ensure a healthy population by increasing health coverage for the population of Kisumu to above 70 per cent.
He further committed to build modern physical infrastructure in rural areas as well as promoting educational skills by building Vocational training centers in each sub-county.
They have been saying that we have only been developing the city and abandoning the rural areasAnyang’ Nyong’o
Opening of the Kisumu lakefront business while initiating maritime activities in the lake was also among Nyong’o plan for the second term.
On the housing front, he promised to provide decent housing in inclusive towns, semi-urban centers and villages.
Nyong’o also promised to promote sports art and culture as well as industrialization by creating more energy sources and information communication technologies.
IT Is true and that is why we now want to move development projects to the rural areas in the second termAnyang’ Nyong’o
To wrap the ten point plan the Governor pledged to promote tourism and deepen the structures of devolved governance, revenue generation and accountability in use of public funds.
During the launch, Nyong’o refuted claims by his opponents that he only did developed the city and abandoned the informal settlements.
He however acknowledged that the development projects started in the town center and he will now focus much in the rural areas if he is re-elected.
“They have been saying that we have only been developing the city and abandoning the rural areas,” he said.
He went ahead to state, “It is true and that is why we now want to move development projects to the rural areas in the second term.”
With only 18 days to the polls the race for the county’s top seat continues to intensify as his main rival Jack Ranguma is hitting the ground to reclaim the seat he lost in 2017.
Ranguma is contesting on an MDG party ticket.