|Mrs Ngilu after launching he presidential campaign in Nairobi|
Mrs Ngilu's Basic Needs
Delivered at KICC as she launched her Presidential bid
NARC Party delegates, my honorable colleagues, distinguished guests, Dear Kenyans, ladies and gentlemen. It is with great humility and gratitude that I accept the Narc Party nomination to run for the presidency of the Republic of Kenya in the 2013 general elections. This is not only a great privilege to me, but a manifestation of the confidence the NARC Party Membership have in me and my leadership.
Ladies and gentlemen, fifty years ago, Kenya attained her Independence and a new nation was born. The new Kenya galvanized the great hopes, dreams and aspirations of her people.
Today we stand at the cross-roads of history - in between the past and the future; at a point in history when we need to take stock of our past and reflect on our achievements and failures. As we do that we need to ask ourselves some hard questions. I say hard questions.
|A fervent supporter of the Basic Needs Revolution|
Can we say that we are a nation that is proud of its achievements? Can we say that we live in a country in which we all enjoy decent lives?
•A decent life where a family is able to meet their basic needs?
• A decent life where disease is not a signature of death but a life process that can be managed?
• A decent life where our young people are not condemned to “beba beba”, kumi kumi or mob justice because we have failed to provide them with opportunities?
• A decent life where a young person does not see education as worthless engagement because it cannot guarantee him/her a future?
• A decent life where women in Mandera, Samburu or Mwingi do not have to walk for many kilometers to fetch water and firewood?
• A decent life where a pastoralist in the Tana Delta does not have to fight with his agrarian neighbor over pasture?
• A decent life where a farmer in Trans Nzoia in Rift valley is confident that his hard labour to produce will be rewarded by being paid on time?
Why do these questions still worry us 50 years after independence? Note, these are some of the questions that should be of concern to any leader. Instead we have seen a leadership that is concerned more with itself than the people they serve. A leadership that has its priorities upside down.
|Mrs Ngilu addressing a rally in Kibwezi|