Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said he initiated the slum upgrade project while serving in Government and pledged to expand it if he wins power.
Mr Odinga at the same time accused the Jubilee Government of looting the National Youth Service.
Speaking in Kibra Constituency in Nairobi on Tuesday, Raila promised low-cost housing to newly-employed youths, arguing the plan would be backed by economic growth.
In what he termed ‘economic rent’, Raila promised to continue with the slum upgrade project if the National Super Alliance (NASA) wins the August 8 election.
“I am the one who initiated the slum upgrading project but it has stalled under the Jubilee administration. When we take over power, we will continue constructing more low-cost houses,” Raila told a rally at Woodley Estate.
He accused Jubilee of overseeing the theft of NYS funds and doing little to create job opportunities for the 12 million jobless youths.
He also accused President Kenyatta’s administration of presiding over a dwindling economy, forcing multinational organisations to relocate, leading to massive job losses.
“Instead of creating jobs for the youths, they looted the money through the NYS scandal. Many industries have now relocated to either India, Egypt or South Africa or have shut down. Our youths are now jobless,” said Raila.
He at the same time warned Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i against interfering with electoral preparations.
Raila also chided Uhuru over the loan waivers he has been declaring in various parts of the country, saying the President had no powers to waive loans of farmers.
“He has no powers to waive loans of any kind without the approval of the Cabinet and Parliament,” said Raila.
Raila also maintained that they had already picked five people per polling station to guard against stealing of votes.
He explained that two of the five people will find out the exact number of voters in every polling station and those who will not have turned up to vote, will be hunted down and brought to the polling station to cast their votes.
His running mate and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka said a NASA administration would ensure that the elderly pwill be paid a Sh3,500 monthly stipend.
Kalonzo cautioned the elderly against giving out their identity cards.
“When NASA forms government next month, we will start paying the elderly a decent stipend every month,” he said.
Kalonzo told National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chairman Francis ole Kaparo to stop threatening Kenyans with switching off social media, saying that it is an integral part of Kenyans’ right to information.
“Kaparo should develop a culture of tolerance and not play with free media,” said Kalonzo.