How President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to save Kenya's economy

The head-of-state is banking on four key pillars to power his agenda for five years

President Uhuru Kenyatta has kicked off plans to create 1.3 million manufacturing jobs by 2022 and achieve a 100 per cent health coverage for every Kenyan.

In his inauguration speech last year, the President outlined four key pillars, dubbed the 'Big Four Agenda,' that would drive his economic agenda in his last term. The sectors are job creation through manufacturing, food security, affordable healthcare and housing.

Uhuru has already met several delegations expected to power his agenda for five years as he seeks to secure his legacy.

And as the country keenly waits for Uhuru to name his full cabinet, here is how his government plans to implement the Big Four Agenda:

1. Food security

2. Health care

The Jubilee government  is seeking to increase the number of people with health coverage from 16.53 million to 25.74 million, a figure that will hit 51.57 million — Kenya’s projected population by 2022. To achieve this, it seeks to:

3. Manufacturing

On textile:

In the leather industry:

  • President Kenyatta targets the production of 20 million shoes by 2022, while increasing export revenue in the industry to Sh50 billion in the next five years.

In agro-processing:

Additionally, Sh100 billion will be pumped in new investments in iron and steel, attract five business process outsourcing (BPO) in telephone, laptop and television assembly plants that it says will attract 10,000 jobs.

4. Housing

Uhuru's government plans to build 500,000 affordable homes in all major cities by 2022. To enable this, it plans to:

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