The Usawa Kwa Wote Party Leader Mwangi Wa Iria has announced that he will be supporting the Azimio La Umoja alliance, since they share common ideas in their manifesto.
Speaking at a hotel in Nairobi, Mwangi said that in his discussions with Azimio La Umoja Party Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga, the needs of the people of Murang’a County must be incorporated in the Azimio manifesto.
He stated that the most important project in his manifesto is the improvement of dairy farming in Murang’a and the nation at large, since this would help to reduce poverty.
“This project would be made possible by a program dubbed, ‘one home, one cow program’ that would be funded by the government,” said Wa Iria.
In the trading sector, Wa Iria demanded that the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) must have a funding program, which will help in distributing funds across the SMEs from the government.
According to the governor, the funds would be distributed through SACCOs such as the Wachuuzi Sacco that is actively operating within Murang’a County and would have zero interest in order to be affordable to the small traders.
“All the people doing business in the market will be getting funds from the Sacco, because it will be part of the government. All the markets in Kenya including Muthurwa and Marikiti will benefit from the Sacco too,” added Wa Iria.
He said that the third agenda in the manifesto is going to be food security to small scale farmers in the country.
“An example of the agenda is the household economic model, which offers free seeds to 350,000 homesteads in Murang’a County,” he added.
The outgoing Murang’a County governor further noted that his government offers 15-20kgs of fertilizer and 2kgs of hybrid maize to each homestead so as to empower small scale farmers.
This, he explained, would be the most favorable way of enabling food security in the country, if included in the Usawa Azimio manifesto.
The two-term County boss stated that education will be key in the country through scholarships, where he gave an example of the Nyota Zetu program run by the Murang’a County government, which he claimed has educated more than 5000 students up to the university level.
Wa Iria urged that these scholarships should be added to the Kenyan government in order to increase the levels of education in the country.
“The government should have a kitty, which defines the number of students who are likely not to access secondary education and should be provided with free education,” he said.