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Kenyatta Talks Tough On Insecurity

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The President specifically put on notice the criminals harassing wananchi in Bungoma, saying their time is up.

“Nobody will be allowed to threaten the existing peace in the country,” the Head of State said.

President Kenyatta made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by Senate Majority Leader, Prof. Kithure Kindiki, during a luncheon hosted by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) in honour of immediate former President Mwai Kibaki at a Nairobi hotel.

Kenya has in recent years borne the brunt of deadly terrorist attacks in the Capital Nairobi and north eastern parts of the country.

On economic development, the President said his Government is committed to fostering private sector-led growth as a key pillar of the country’s economic growth and development.

“Our vision to create one million jobs a year and ensure double digit economic growth will not be possible without partnership with the private sector. We will seek to work closely with you to achieve our aims and objectives,” President Kenyatta said.

The President said his Government will maintain the dialogue mechanisms that have been established between the Government and KEPSA to ensure that the proceedings of the discussions are put into action.

“We look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you in the weeks and months ahead,” President Kenyatta said.

With regard to taking the country forward, President Kenyatta said his Government is revamping its foreign policy to ensure that the country’s goods and services are strategically marketed, saying the export-led economy must be supported.

He added that his Government will focus on a one-stop shop and reduce the cost of doing business in the country.

The President, once again, pointed out that KEPSA is a key partner in the country because the organization provides an avenue for cooperation between the Government and industry.

On devolution, President Kenyatta said his Government will engage the private sector to strengthen the devolution process and transform counties into wealth creation centres to curb rural-urban migration.

“The private sector is the engine of the country’s economic growth. It also creates the necessary tax base from which the Government raises revenue to implement development programs across the country,” the President said.

In this regard, the President assured the private sector that his Government will take over from where former President Kibaki had reached and continue to consolidate an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.

He emphasized that the private sector will be directly involved in the running of the Government, citing the recent nomination of Cabinet Secretaries in which some were drawn from the private sector.

The President, at the same time, observed that as participants in business, KEPSA provides a big employment opportunity to Kenyans and by doing so it helps in tackling the serious problem of unemployment.

Other speakers during the function included immediate former President Kibaki, incoming KEPSA Chairman Vimal Shah, outgoing KEPSA Chairman Eng. Patrick Obath and Danish Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Geert Aagaard among others.

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