NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 20 – Business leaders have urged for peace in the country in order to enjoy sustained growth and development.
The Kenya Private sector Alliance (KEPSA) Chairman Vimal Shah called on political leaders to be proactive and not reactive pointing out that its time to build prosperity for the country.
Shah was speaking on Friday at the Mkenya Daima campaign, in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross, to rally Kenyans to stand as one and focus the country on peace.
The event drew leaders from the business community, religious groups, civil Society and the youth.
“We need to take ownership of the ‘My Kenya’ ‘my country’ ‘my people’ and ‘my family’. This is not the time for political polarisation, mobilisation and counter mobilisation. It is the time to build prosperity within our borders,” Shah added.
On his part entrepreneur Chris Kirubi urged Kenyans not to be divided by politicians and stand together and speak in one voice.
“The journey to unity and tranquility starts with one small step and the meeting today marked this step. “Let us love our country, protect peace, the youth and liberate ourselves by speaking the truth. We need to stand together and speak in one voice,” Kirubi said.
Kirubi urged leaders in the country to focus on growing the economy in a bid to attract investments in the country.
KEPSA Chief Executive Officer Carole Kariuki urged Kenyans to come together and help rebuild Mpeketoni, Baringo and Mandera by channeling funds to Red Cross through various avenues following the recent unfortunate series of events that saw lives lost, properties destroyed and businesses affected.
The funds will be used to buy building materials to help the victims rebuild their lives and businesses. She called on the members present and the general public to give generously.
“It is our principal duty as Kenyans to uphold the spirit demonstrated by our leaders today. In the words of Winston Churchill “Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength!”. Let us rebuild that which we have lost. Let us be our brother’s keeper. Let us be one. Let us be Kenya,” she said.