Water and Irrigation Minister Charity Ngilu launched her presidential bid on Sunday and pledged to focus on women and the youth empowerment if elected Kenya's fourth President in next year's General Elections.
Launching her bid on the Narc party at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, the Kitui Central MP said she was confident of succeeding President Kibaki in her second attempt for the country's top job.
Ngilu said that the youth and women have adversely been affected by the economic policies that do not favour them.
"The potential of the two groups in nation building has been overlooked in the last 49 years of independence due to poor leadership. Dear Kenyans we really must go back to the basics, our women will no longer be hustlers and sufferers," she promised.
Ngilu also unveiled her manifesto, detailing five priority areas she aims to address should she be elected president.
"The key issues I intend to address are illiteracy; poverty; healthcare; food and water and the empowerment of women - issues that have lagged behind since independence," she said.
Read more at All Africa, published 2 September 2012.