Poverty & Cost of Living6.
Infrastructure & Land8.
One Indivisible Nation
The only route to a prosperous nation isthrough an environment that enables everywilling and industrious Kenyan to becomea producer of goods or services. To achievethis, CORD will remove barriers toeconomic productivity and prosperity. Thiswill in addition help to instil investor anddevelopment-partner confidence.The CORD government will lay thefoundation for Kenya to move within twodecades from being a poor and dependentnation to being a productive and self-sustaining economy, paving the way to jobsand dignified lives for all.
Take at least one major industry toeach county and establish a 24-houreconomy in major urban centres.
Restructure the Youth EmpowermentFund to give young peopleentrepreneurial skills and providethem with start-up grants, and also togive loans at reduced rates forbusiness expansion.
Open branches of Kenya IndustrialEstates all over the country to supportand develop new business concerns.
Set up well-equipped centres in eachconstituency to offer training inmodern entrepreneurial andtechnological skills.
Give incentives to banks and otherinstitutions so that they financeindustries that create jobs.
Enhance the use of ICT for increasedproductivity and efficiency and tomake Kenya into an informationsociety.
Promote local and foreign investmentthrough tax and other incentives.
Invest at least 2.5 per cent of annualGDP in research and development.
Fast-track Special Economic Zones inmajor urban centres
Crop production is mainly rain-fed, withonly two per cent of crop-land underirrigation, making the sub-sectorsusceptible to inclement weather andvariable yields from year to year. Thelivestock sub-sector contributes about 10per cent of GDP and accounts for morethan 30 per cent of the farm-gate value of agricultural commodities. The fisheriessub-sector contributes about 0.5 per cent of GDP and supports 80,000 Kenyans directlyThe CORD government will transform theagriculture, livestock and fisheries sectorsto ensure adequate food for everyone. Thiswill also assure farmers, livestock-keepersand fisher-folk of decent incomes. It willenhance equity and provide productiveemployment while the countryindustrialises, develops the service sectorand diversifies job opportunities.
Subsidise farm inputs to ensureincreased yield.
Invest in rural infrastructure tofacilitate access to markets.
Reintroduce free extension services indifferent branches of the sector.
Strengthen co-operatives and integraterural production with the rest of theeconomy via infrastructuredevelopment and better markets.
Introduce crop and livestock insuranceschemes.
Promote value-addition in agriculturethrough the use of taxation and othermeasures.
Devolve decision-making to countygovernments on funding, research,agro-processing and value addition.
Promote greater agricultural researchand develop crop varieties that canwithstand climate change.
Promote inland fishing areas,particularly around lakes Victoria,Turkana and Naivasha, throughinvestment in hygienic landing bays,modern storage and processingfacilities, and efficient transport andcommunications infrastructure.
Invest in innovative irrigatedagriculture for improved yields.
Encourage investment in post-harvestprocessing and preservation andstorage technologies, to maximisereturns to rural producers and ensure astable food supply and affordability toconsumers.
Reintroduce mini-weather stations inschools to assist in local monitoring of weather trends and patterns
Insecurity prevents people from freelyundertaking nation-building activities. Italso discourages foreign and localinvestors. Parliament has enacted relevantstatutes and several pertinent bills arepending. The CORD government willensure optimal functioning of organisationsconcerned with national defence, internalhuman security and state security, as wellas regional and institutional peace-keepingand security operations.The CORD government will be very toughon crime and terrorism and even tougher ontheir causes. Many crimes are related topoverty. Some people turn to petty crime tosurvive. Poor policing does not help. Landissues make the problem worse. Cattle-rustling, muggings and extortion bycriminal gangs are all common. Our newConstitution provides a framework formajor security-sector reformsImprove and extend the national securitystructure to ensure security for all, and witha human rights face.
Develop a strategy to strengthenresponse to terrorism and militiagroups, as well as to new challengessuch as cyber security.
Expand the use of CCTV.
Fast-track police reforms and giveofficers the necessary training andequipment to provide security, givingparliament and the courts an oversightrole to ensure police powers are notabused.
Strengthen community policing forsafety, security and sustainabledevelopment locally.
Improve border policing by deployingdefence personnel.
Create a Directorate of CriminalInvestigation as a semi-autonomousagency delinked from national policecommand
CORD sees governance as the exercise of authority by individuals and institutions forthe common good of society. Governanceis the will of the people delegated toindividuals and institutions that exerciseauthority in the context of the socialcontract between the people and those inauthority.CORD believes that good governance andgender equality are critical to achievingpeaceful co-existence and sustainabledevelopment.
Protect, implement and defend theConstitution in spirit and letter.