Kiambu County businesses signed the Mkenya Daima Peace Pledge on Friday 17th March, 2017 during an event held in Limuru.
MKenya Daima is a peace campaign project meant to foster peaceful coexistence and peace for economic growth and prosperity for the country. The draws lessons from Kenyans-for-Kenya initiative and business involvement in the 2008 national accord negotiation. It is spearheaded by KEPSA and the steering team is made up of business leaders, civil society, religious leaders, NCIC, Vision 2030 and the media.
While speaking at the event, Mkenya Daima Steering Committee Chair, Mr. Polycarp Igathe said that it is very important for all stakeholders to reflect on the lessons learnt and experiences during the past general elections. “To maintain investors and business confidence, the political community must assure a peaceful election and smooth transition of power. Signing the peace pledge is one way of showing commitment to this,” added Mr. Igathe.
Kiambu County Governor, H.E William Kabogo also signed the pledge and reiterated his support for business growth in Kiambu.
KAM Members have been facing challenges while distributing and delivering goods to Embu and Murang’a Counties. Among the challenges cited include double taxation, demand for fees backdated to the year 2013, impounding and arrest of drivers.
As part of lobbying and advocacy strategy to address these issues, KAM Chapter & County Affairs Manager, Mr. Elijah Ambasa accompanied by Central Chapter Officer, Mr. Kenneth Ndung’u engaged County Executive Committee Member of Finance and Chief Officer Finance in Murang’a and Embu Counties respectively.
The Chapter sought intervention in these cases, as there seems to be a breakdown between the county executive and field officers in implementation of business regulations. In both counties, it was agreed that the officials will be the focal points and will work with KAM to solve the issues.
Murang’a County expressed interest to partner with KAM in improving the investment climate in the County. The County also requested KAM to work with them in drafting the County Investment Policy that would help them attract investors.
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