1st woman enters this year’s presidential race
By Justus Karanja
A Kenyan, Amb. Esther Waringa (pictured) is the first woman to launch her presidential campaigns in this year’s General Election.
Amb Waringa, who will run as an independent, launched her campaigns at a Nairobi hotel where she outlined her vision for the country.
In her speech, she saluted founding father, President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, 2nd President Daniel Arap Moi, 3rd President Mwai Kibaki and current President, Uhuru Kenyatta for their exemplary leadership and monumental developmental achievements realised by their successive administrations in infrastructure, health, education, agriculture among others.
Amb. Waringa said she has what it takes to be the country’s 5th President.
She noted that a woman is a mother, caregiver, symbol of peace, an agent of change, pivot of productivity and growth and has a special place in the “heart of the God”.
She outlined her vision as seeing Kenyans enjoy public services, lasting peace and sustainable development.
The aspirant stated her mission is to facilitate effective and efficient public services through strengthening of all institutions of Government and creating conducive environment for public servants to deliver their mandate.
Amb. Waringa said her slogan is “TOGETHER WE CAN / PAMOJA TUNAWEZA and the symbol a Crown mounted on a dove signifying a Government of lasting peace.
Her manifesto encompasses economic growth to double digit.
She will achieve this by employing stringent measures to stop double taxation and reduce the Rate of Value Added Tax from 16% to at least 10%.
She vowed to interrogate external borrowing to ease hefty Government repayments by growing the economy to realise sustainable internal revenue and employing measures that will facilitate prudent management of taxes and national foreign income.
She said her government will prioritise completion and expansion of ongoing government programmes across the country including; Roads ,rail ,electrification, airports, Marine ports, water supply and waste management infrastructure development, affordable housing, expansion and equipment of hospitals, schools, and indeed the Four big Agenda and Vision 2030 flagship project.