NASA postpones manifesto launch to late June

The Pentagon was scheduled to release its road map for Kenya today

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NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga with Musalia Mudavadi during their Rally at Uhuru Park on April 27, 2017. They unveiled Raila Odinga as their Presidential Candidate and Kalonzo Musyoka as his deputy. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The National Super Alliance (NASA) on the night of Sunday, June 18, pushed back the launch of its manifesto from today to June 27.

The Coalition’s campaign head Musalia Mudavadi said it was in respect to the crucial last 10 days of Ramadhan, when Muslims are deeply engaged in the most intensive prayers of the holy month.

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NASA pentagon leaders Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Isaac Ruto, Kalonzo Musyoka, and Moses Wetangula in Mombasa on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. PHOTO: TWITTER

The Raila Odinga-led outfit had announced earlier that it would launch its manifesto this evening at an invite-only ceremony that was going to be aired live on major television stations starting 7pm.

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The ceremony was largely expected to last about three-and-a-half hours at Ngong Racecourse and according to Nasa’s chief executive Norman Magaya, the manifesto will guide radical reforms in all key sectors, and will revolutionalise the management of public affairs, while also giving special attention to basic needs.

The opposition alliance which hopes to send the Jubilee government packing, has anchored its blueprint on seven policy pillars, coupled with region-specific manifestos.

At the top of the coalition’s agendas is national reconciliation and healing; resolving historical injustices; realising equality for women, youths, persons with disabilities and disadvantaged communities; and strengthening devolution.

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It also involves transforming the government into a servant of the people; realising social and economic rights; eradicating poverty and employment; and dealing decisively with corruption.

“We will ensure a purposeful leadership, strong vibrant economy, agriculture and food security, good accessible healthcare, accessible world-class education and social protection for women, youth, and persons with disability,” ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi said recently.

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Raila has also promised during one of his campaign stops as he sells his candidacy for August, that he is looking at bringing down the cost of living within 90 days after being elected president.

According to the Opposition head, the manifesto is a “contract worth the signature of every Kenyan”.

The postponement comes amid accusations by the Jubilee brigade that the Opposition lacks a manifesto which explains why their campaign is not issue based.