ODM believes in professionals fueling a strong, diversified economy. The ODM understands that our formal economy must be expanded to absorb the knowledge and skills of those with expertise to offer. The ODM remains the safest bet for the educated class of citizens in Kenya to grow the economy and put many currently jobless graduates on decent jobs to start families on.
The Young and Students
ODM believes in the passion of the young and the curiosity of students stretching the imagination of the country and bringing the future even closer. In this regard, ODM believes in accessible credit for young people starting start-ups and affordable education, empowering education for students.
The ODM partnership with teachers remains strong. We understand that education, in a highly capitalistic society like Kenya remains the only equalizer allowing millions of people to access the opportunities that come with an inter-connected world. Teachers design and define a relevant curriculum that both exposes and empowers young minds to be able to compete with global peers in solving some of the world’s urgent challenges. Our support for teachers is therefore non-negotiable for a middle-income country.
Gender Equity is at the heart of ODM’s relationship with women. ODM believes no society can truly achieve its full potential with women viewed as the ‘insignificant other’. ODM has a history of fighting gender discrimination and currently leads in the number of women nominated in various seats in counties and the national assembly. Within the rank of the party, women occupy critical positions and are trusted with heavy responsibilities which they have performed with utmost professionalism. The ODM supported the “Two-thirds gender rule”, which seeks to deliberately increase the number of women in government and believes that the bill’s intents should have been achieved long ago. Moving forward, ODM will continue to fight against practices and norms that discriminate and disempower women and girls, as well as push for access to affordable sanitary provisions to school-age girls among others.
The ODM believes in care for the disabled, the sick and the old. While disability is not inability, in many communities, certain infirmities can render persons to lifelong isolation and discrimination. ODM pushed for, and achieved, budgetary allocation to the old in a programme which seeks to make human dignity a reality for those who cannot fend for themselves due to old age. For the sick and the poor, ODM remains deeply committed to affordable and accessible healthcare. ODM will combat new and emergent diseases and improve health facilities in the country. ODM believes provision of quality healthcare is a fundamental government duty that cannot be delegated to a single individual to run a charity on.
The ODM promotes businesses that create jobs and employ citizens of our country. In an increasingly interconnected world, ODM is cognizant of the corporate power of transnational entities which mass manufactures and mass imports thus threatening our local capacities to grow our industrial base. ODM views the role of government in promoting businesses as that of creating the right policy and legal environment for people to conduct their businesses without disruptive state interference.
ODM promotes minority rights within the context of constitutional provisions for the protection of minority rights; including cultural, environmental and economic rights. The ODM also identifies with the historical injustices meted on minority groups and continue to push for the full implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation report whose import is to provide legal and policy mechanisms to address both historical and ongoing injustices being meted daily on communities and groups.
Sportsmen and Women
The ODM promotes sports and arts not just as social events but economic and diplomatic endeavours. Sports have pulled thousands out of poverty and placed our country in the comity of world nations. The ODM believes in empowering sportsmen and women with quality facilities and efficient management of entities that oversee talent development in our country. Local sports also function as avenues to culturally integrate and create a cohesive society. ODM is the Party of great sportsmen and women of our country, many who confide in us the teething challenges currently facing the sector. In arts, ODM believes today’s ideas are tomorrow’s realities. Support for sportsmen and women is non-negotiable.
Healthcare Providers and caregivers
ODM stands in solidarity with the doctors, nurses and clinical offers together with every care worker in the health sector of our country. ODM remains a partner in pushing for improved working conditions, fair living wages and better facilities to combat one of our country’s oldest enemies: diseases. Our solidarity also extends to quality training of healthcare givers and prompt employment once they are ready to start offering their much needed expertise and services.