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VP meets Kenya private sector leaders

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka on Thursday expressed optimism that Parliament would pass the 49 Bills required in the implementation of the new Constitution.

Speaking when he met Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) members, the VP said he was confident that Members of Parliament were willing to ensure the Bills sail through the House.

“There is goodwill in this nation and definitely Parliament, it has a serious date with destiny; I don’t think anybody wants to drop the baton, the baton is back to Parliament and I know they will deliver,” he said.

Mr Musyoka further called on the private sector to partner with the government in the implementation of the Constitution.

He said the implementation process required all actors on board insisting that KEPSA was an important partner that required to be on board.

He said his office would continue holding frequent meetings and develop a platform where the two will hold discussions on the way forward in the partnership. He also urged the private sector to grab opportunities arising as a result of the new Constitution and spread out their business networks to other countries.

The Vice President also encouraged them to invest in the energy sector.

Members of KEPSA raised concerns over high energy costs and asked the government to address the challenge which was a major set back to business. The members further complained about the increase of imported second hand vehicles, noting that not much had been done to regulate the business.

Mr Musyoka said it was important for the Trade, Immigration, Transport and other relevant ministries to address the issue to ensure second hand cars are regulated through stringent policies.

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KEPSA Director Evans Monari said the private sector was ready to work with the government and called for direct public private partnership.

“There is going to be direct public-private partnership, this time the private sector has been invited, let’s embrace this invitation and embrace the moment and ensure the governance of this country does not anymore get into treacherous results like it has happened in the past,” he said.

He also emphasised on the need for the private sector to get involved directly in decisions affecting the development of the country including governance.

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