16 November 2012

Kenya: Mbaru Plans to Make Nairobi a 24-Hour Economy

Nairobi — Jimnah Mbaru who is aspiring to be Nairobi Governor is promising to ensure the city becomes a 24-hour economy if elected.

Mbaru said his main agenda is to actualise the Vision 2030 to help Kenyans acquire wealth.

"If Nairobi functions properly, the economy of Kenya will also function because Nairobi is the hub of this country where she holds 60 percent of the economy," said Mbaru.

"There is no reason why Nairobi should be going to sleep at night and wake up in the morning when business can be done all round the clock," he told delegates, mainly primary school teachers in his first public meeting in Nairobi.

He said he intends to double the income of the county within five years so as to make Nairobi a wealthy and vibrant county that attracts more investors.

By making the city a 24-hour economy, Mbaru said employment opportunities will have been created because people will work in shifts.

Mbaru is also keen in ensuring growth in education in the country through late night studies.

"Evening classes will be extended to midnight, thus providing an opportunity for learners unlike currently when classes end early," said the chairman of Dyer and Blair Investment Bank.

Mbaru, who is a former chairman of Nairobi Securities Exchange, said he will also prioritise the housing crisis affecting most city residents.

He said the city faces a housing shortage of 500,000 units which he will seek to solve as a priority.

He is also pledging to create a metropolitan education committee which will mainly focus on improving education in the city.

With a passion for the girl child, Mbaru said he will also work towards fighting for the rights of the disadvantaged girl child.

"I will ensure the free primary education policy of the government is fully achieved because the girl child has suffered for long," he said.

Others interested in the governor's position in Nairobi include Starehe Member of Parliament Margaret Wanjiru, her Embakasi counterpart Ferdinand Waititu, former Nairobi Town Clerk Philip Kisia, Evans Kidero, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's advisor Miguna Miguna among others.

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