Tone down ‘dirty’ wars, Kepsa tells politicians

Business Daily Kenya:  Fred Aminga and Munira Mandano  @PeopleDailyKe The private sector has urged politicians to tone down heated rhetori...

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Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, Director General Julius Muia (left), Mkenya Daima secretary Carole Kariku (centre) and Chair Vimal Shah during a press conference where they called on Kenyans to hold peaceful elections. PHOTO: HELLEN MUTURI

Fred Aminga and Munira Mandano @PeopleDailyKe

The private sector has urged politicians to tone down heated rhetoric and refrain from use of derogatory language into the homestretch of the August 8 General Election amid indications of a resilient economy.

The call, which is expected to ease economic shocks witnessed every election cycle, will enable the country settle quickly after the polls.

“We must not always have a situation whereby the economy slows down every four to five years due to the elections. Life must go on,” said Bidco Africa Chairman Vimal Shah, who chairs Mkenya Daima initiative by Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) that seeks to inspire Kenyans towards peaceful elections.

“We encourage all institutions, agencies and political candidates to ensure they play their role as mandated in the constitution and ensure that Kenya, which has shown maturity as a young democracy, is able to conduct peaceful and credible elections,” he said.

Vimal said indications are that Kenya still inspires greater appetite from investors who consider the country their favourable destination for investment and leisure in East Africa and Africa.

Traditionally, the election cycle has always affected the economy causing shocks, but according to Director of Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, Julius Muia, this has changed since the 2013 elections.

“We are not seeing an economic dip as witnessed in 2013 elections, which means the economy is weaning itself from politics. There is more micro-economic stability now compared to 2013,” he said, adding that this could partly be a result of distributed growth following devolution.

Speaking yesterday in Kwale during the 15th Annual Tourism Symposium, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the government will not allow elections to interfere with safety of tourists.

“The high season has started and already we have international tourists coming for the wildebeest migration at Maasai Mara National Reserve, therefore, we want them to feel secure during their holiday,” said Balala.

Balala said neighbouring countries have increased numbers of tourists to 10 million unlike Kenya where the industry has been unstable for the past years. He asked tourism stakeholders to cooperate and deepen marketing of value added products in the sector.

Balala said starting next month two new ferries bought for the Likoni crossing channel to enhance transportation between Mombasa and Kwale counties are expected in the country.

“One is arriving in July and the other in October this year. President Uhuru Kenyatta will also launch cable cars next month but we insist that we will need to have a bridge on that channel and there is no short cut about it as the plans are underway,” he said.

KEPSA also wants the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to continuously and regularly update Kenyans and political actors on key decisions made in preparation for the elections.

The association also asked Judiciary to be ready to handle and manage disputes in a clear, transparent and timely manner and the Communications Authority to be vigilant and take action against those causing incitement.

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