The Star (Nairobi)

4 July 2014

Kenya: Kepsa Seeks Economy Based National Debate

The private sector wants the opposition to form a shadow cabinet and formulate parallel budget for economic discussions and matters of national interest, instead of stoking negative emotions in the country.

Kenya Private Sector Alliance director Polycarp Igathe said rising tensions over the upcoming national rally scheduled for Monday is causing unnecessary anxiety among Kenyans.

"It was against the national constitution for former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to declare July seventh a national holiday, as this will also destabilise daily schedules. We will hold the opposition to account for any business losses occasioned by events of the Saba Saba rally," said Kepsa.

In a statement read by Vimal Shah, the alliance asked the government to embrace national dialogue to avoid a disruption to peace in the country, expressing their worry about the possible violence and looting of property,and the disruption to peace which may destabilise the working environment. The public rally has been called by the opposition party Cord in Nairobi's Uhuru Park grounds and is expected to be addressed by Odinga.

"If this trend continues, employers may have no option than to start reducing the size of their workforce, if what I witnessed in Mombasa hotels recently is anything to go by," said business man Chris Kirubi.

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