Kenya’s Government Vows to Heavily Invest in Agriculture and Energy Development

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Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party has promised to increase investment in agriculture and energy development if their leader, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, is re-elected on October 26th.

The Party has already set up State-funded initiatives aimed at reducing the cost of electricity generation and has offered farmers subsidized fertiliser in a bid to ensure food security.

The ruling Jubilee coalition states that the cost of electricity generation has reduced following their commissioning of cheaper sources of power. The State has mainly invested in geothermal energy, displacing Kenya’s otherwise expensive sources of electricity.

The government also states that fertilizer usage among smallholder farmers has increased as indicated by higher fertilizer import volumes, which jumped from average of 395,000 metric tonnes in 2012 to 680, 000 metric tonnes in 2014.

At the time, the government partnered with the Toyota Tsusho Company to construct a fertilizer processing plant in order to ensure long term development within the industry.

The Jubilee Party manifesto has since outlined ambitious targets including the provision of free day secondary education for which the government has allocated Ksh25 billion ($241 million).

Citing these developments, Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to turn out in large numbers to exercise their democratic and Constitutional right to vote on October 26th.

“Your vote will be your contribution to the dream of our forefathers for a peaceful and prosperous Kenya. True Kenyan heroes will cast their votes on 26th this month. This is the only way we can make Kenya great and guarantee a great future for our children,” said the President.

Speaking in the capital of Nairobi during the country’s annual ‘Mashujaa Day’ (Hero’s Day) celebrations, the President announced that the government will soon set up a Heroes Council, which will be responsible for identifying and coming up with solutions to issues of welfare and support to Kenya’s heroes and heroines.

Kenyatta is set to face off against a number of rivals who he beat in an August 8th election that was later nullified. His biggest rival, politician Raila Odinga, withdrew from the race citing irregularities in the electoral process.

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