NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – Businessman Dr Chris Kirubi doesn’t hide that he is indeed a patriotic Kenyan citizen, one who believes in the future of the country.
He is a strong believer that it was time “to glorify what Kenya is all about because if we don’t make it here, we don’t have another country to go.”
Kirubi says despite positive things going on in the country the negative stories continue to “sell” out there tarnishing Kenya’s image.
“If you destroy Kenya, it’s like destroying a boat that you are sitting in, by you putting a hole on it; the water will come in, and you will be among those who will sink. So this is our boat, the Kenya boat, and I would like us to use the powerful media we have, to make it even more positive,” he urges the media and Kenyans at large.
The industrialist was speaking during Cheche, a breakfast Show on Citizen TV where he stressed on the need to support development projects rather than focus on always seeking unnecessary court injunctions that continue to drag development in the country.
He says there was need to control instances of malicious people going to court to seek court orders to halt some crucial projects.
“I don’t see a problem in putting a deposit down and saying that that is my deposit for stopping that tender because I believe I have facts. But if you know if you don’t have facts and you stop a project like railway, you stop a port being developed, this country will never develop,” he lamented.
Kirubi stressed on the need to have a big chunk of mega projects benefit the locals by ensuring that foreign investors don’t dominate in ownership.
“Let me tell you, this country must be built by Kenyans. And my belief is that every big project must have serious Kenyan companies, partnering with any international company out there,” he says.
Apart from development inclusion Kirubi stresses on the need to also appreciate and praise those Kenyans who have succeeded and not focus on how to pull them down.
“I am sure you brought me here on the show not because I have failed, but because I have something to be admired for. There are heroes in this country, who may never see millions but they do achieve great things, and this is the difference between Kenya and many other countries in the World. We are pushing the government on the old saying, ‘Buy Kenya , build Kenya’.”
Kirubi said it was time to change the perception that anyone who has made it financially has done so through corruption or crooked ways, insisting that he had nothing to hide about his wealth despite numerous allegations in the past. “This is what makes me strong and tough,” he says.
“For me, any money I have, I invest it here. I generate my wealth here. And that is why I openly can live in the best house, wear the best clothes, drive the best car; because I have no guilt conscience. That is why I take interviews with the media and I never hide that I have some little money,” he says.
Above all, his mantra is, there are three kinds of people in the world: those who watch things happening, those who make things happen and those who don’t even know what is happening!
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