NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 22 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka took his presidential campaign to Kamunkunji Constituency on Sunday and declared his priority in ensuring the creation of a 24-hour working economy.
Addressing wananchi outside the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AICPA), Bahati Cathedral, Musyoka who was accompanied by MPs Hassan Yusuf (Kamukunji), Rev. Daniel Muoki (Mwala) and former MP Dick Wathika said if elected he will unite the country and ensure social economic prosperity.
“The improvement of our country’s economy, is going to be my priority if given the opportunity to lead after the next election,” he said.
He said that the government under his leadership would put in place policies geared towards economic reconstruction and employment creation among other areas.
Musyoka said President Kibaki has presided through a period in which the country’s economy has undergone major transformations citing the construction of the Thika highway and promised Kenyans to ensure the country’s economy is improved further under his watch.
He said he will ensure security and improvement of infrastructure saying these were the key to improvement of the country’s economy.
“Our country should have peace with itself if we are to attract both local and foreign investments. Nobody wants to invest in an insecure country,” said Musyoka.
To achieve a 24-hour economy, the Vice President said his administration, if given the opportunity, will ensure employees work in shifts, others in weekends, some lunch while others work at night.
He said that it was through creation of more employment opportunities and the fight against poverty and corruption that areas like Eastleigh can match with those areas like Muthaiga and Karen which are perceived from the colonial times to be owned by well to do individuals.
Earlier while addressing faithful at the AICPA, the VP once again appealed to Christians to fight against negative ethnicity.
Musyoka said the greatest challenge facing Kenya is tribalism, saying churches should continue praying for peace and stability.
The Vice President asked the church to take a strict position against tribalism, noting that it is time Kenyans elect leaders committed to peace and stability irrespective of tribe.
“I need your prayers and I want you to judge me accordingly as we approach the next General Election. What I am saying is that if your heart tells you this is the person to lead this country then decide. Don’t be driven by tribal affiliations,’’ he said.
“I am sure there will be no fear among us if all of us regard one another as brothers and sisters especially now that we are approaching the next election,’’ added Musyoka.
The Vice President said Kenyans should elect a leader irrespective of tribe and even religious backgrounds.
“We need to love and embrace each other by electing a leader irrespective of tribe or even religious prejudice,” said Musyoka.
He also interacted freely with locals and business people including sharing cup of tea with the locals of Bahati.
Wathika appealed to Kenyans to support Musyoka saying he had enough experience to take over from President Kibaki when he retires from office later in the year.
He described the VP as the senior most leader in the G7 alliance, saying he was fit to be the alliance’s flag bearer come the next General Election.
Muoki emphasized on the need for Kenyans to elect to elect leaders who are committed to peace and stability irrespective of tribal affiliations.
Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan said Kenyans should elect development conscious leaders who can steer the country to the next level when President Kibaki retires.