Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has pledged cheap food and loans to couples as part of his manifesto if elected.
The governor pledged a loan of between Sh500,000 and a million to newly married couples when he launched his ‘goodies’ to Kenyans.
“The loans will be pegged at an interest rate of 0.2% and will be disbursed as project/accounts/equipment funds,” the Maendeleo Chap chap party leader said at a Nairobi hotel.
“I want us to introduce economics of broadening the base by paying our employees twice a month to increase circulation. That way, people can manage their money.”
Mutua joins deputy president William Ruto, baringo Senator Gideon Moi and ODM leader Raila Odinga who have declared interests in the coming 2022 presidential race.
Others are party leaders Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper).
“In one year after my election, I will provide grants to counties to upgrade health facilities, for uniformity countrywide. This is because health is a devolved function,” he said.
He promised to harmonize County and National Government taxes to stop double taxation and reduce income tax from 30% to 20% and also reduce business taxes to 25%. This is meant to broaden the tax base.
“I toured counties and instead of talking like other politicians, I cared and listened and took extensive notes of the voices of Wananchi,” he said.
“I am a product of the wanyonge in our country. I know what it means to sleep hungry and to toil with little rewards. I have seen and felt the frustrations of Kenyans and it is clear it is time we had leadership whose policies favoured the sauti ya vijana na wanyonge.”
Mutua promised to reduce the duties paid on petrol and cars.
“A one million shillings car in Europe or America is sold in Kenya at Sh3 million shillings, Sh500,000 being the cost of shipping and profit and Sh 1.5 million as taxes. Cars are not only for the rich but can be made affordable for all of us,” Mutua said.
Mutua promised cash crops reforms on coffee, tea, sugar, macadamia, and avocado and revive the growing of cotton, miraa, sunflowers, groundnuts, cashew nuts, rice, wheat, flowers among others.
“Special emphasis will be placed on the production of beef, lamb, camel and goat meat for export,” he said.