How to read manifestos

Presidential candidates cleared by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will soon be launching their manifestos. Detailing their plans for the nation if they clinch the top seat come August 9. 

The Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate Raila Odinga has already launched his 10-point manifesto.

The remaining three; Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto, Roots Party’s George Wajackoyah. And Agano Party’s David Waihiga are also expected to launch theirs.

The three key concerns

But if perusing through the plump pages of the manifestos. Might not be your cup of tea, Economist Kwame Owino has broken down a 3-point strategy.

To use while reading a manifesto. He has advised Kenyans to look at the following:

1. Will they raise your taxes?

Kwame noted that one should look out. For what the candidate has entailed in dealing with taxation issues. 

2. Are they going to do something about corruption?

With corruption being a big problem in the country. He advised Kenyans to look out. For the promised strategies to deal with the graft menace.

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3. Health and Education plans

“What will they do with to the two services. That only the government can provide. Health and Education. Because most of us want to go to school. And do better tomorrow,” Kwame posed.

Citizen TVs News Night show

Speaking on Citizen TV’s News Night show. On Tuesday, Kwame noted that those are the major subject matters. That one should be keen on. 

He also urged Kenyans to take time. And read through the manifestos. To know what the individual candidate has in store for the nation. And avoid buying into the idea that they are all the same.

“Kenyans do not be cynical and believe the idea. That all these manifestos are the same. It is in our interest to take time and understand. What the differences and the promises are. So that we can align ourselves to one or the other,” he said.