Prosperity is one of our national goals. We sing in our national anthem “raha tupate na ustawi”. We say “tuungane mikono pamoja kazini” to underline our intention to share our prosperity. Fifty-six years later, we have done better than our neighboring countries but we remain one of the world’s poorest countries and also one of the most unequal. 

Inequality is one of the most fundamental causes of conflict in society. To insulate the society from conflict, we must address both the prosperity of the country and the equity with which this prosperity is shared. We should ; 

1. Work towards an economic revolution. The current economy cannot produce the prosperity needed to meet the needs of the people and particularly the employment needed for the youth. 

2. We need to think big and long term. To begin with, let us have a 50-year plan and then work towards it in phases of five to ten years. 

3. Promote labor-intensive economic activities particularly in manufacturing and promote markets in neighboring countries for these goods. 

4. Promote lending to micro, small and medium businesses through legal and regulatory guidelines to banks to lend to these sectors 

5. Promote an secure Kenyan inventions, generic resources, traditional knowledge and art 

6. Use tax and other regulatory tools to promote savings and investment 

7. Give incentives to people in the diaspora to remit more money into Kenya. 

8. Increase spending on the development of government revenue and aim for a 70:30 ratio of development versus recurrent expenditure. 

9. Have fairness in national spending so that every part of Kenya has a fair chance of having their needs met and opportunities exploited. 

10. Broaden the tax base and lower the tax rate so that people are left with more money in their pockets to invest or otherwise better their lives. Simplify tax computation to enhance compliance. Sharing prosperity also involves sharing responsibility on the cost of running the country 

11. Punish tax evasion and particularly the agents who facilitate it both in the private and the public sector. 

12. Expand investment in agriculture and livestock and direct anti-corruption efforts in the sector to break up the cartels that hold farmers 

 

13. hostage. Most people rely on agriculture and there is no quicker way to lift people out of poverty. 

14. Develop a policy for the implementation of Article 43 of the Constitution on economic and social rights. The national and county governments and all political party manifestos must tell the people how they plan to deliver on economic and social rights. 

15. Develop a local Human Development index that will enable us to determine delivery on Article 43 on social and economic rights and how prosperity is being shared among all Kenyan people. 

16. Start living within our means by controlling our borrowing which is creating an unsustainable debt burden on future generations. Prosperity must also be shared across generations and we should not prosper at the expense of our children. 

17. Eliminate wasteful and duplicitous public spending in the National and County Governments and start pooling facilities used by public servants and repairing and using old equipment like cars and furniture instead of buying new ones. 

18. Eliminate all sitting allowances for public officers on salary 

19. Promote art and sport which are some of the sector young Kenyans have shown enormous potential in. 

20. Work with the private sector to set up a foundation to provide mentorship and training for young entrepreneurs especially those receiving government youth funds. 

21. Promote technical education and employment as a respectable engagement and not as a safety net for persons who fail in academics. 

22. Ensure that in the planning and implementation of big government projects, development in one area does not lead to losing out by another area. Ensure that the areas that are adversely affected are compensated through remedial development policies, programs, and projects. 

23. In promoting development in the counties, the National Government should ensure that it leverages the unique strengths and opportunities of every county. 

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