NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday said he will make national cohesion and healing the primary agenda for his government, saying the country cannot achieve economic growth without peace and stability.
The president-elect pointed out that elections are now over and Kenyans need to work together to build the nation and avoid fuelling tension that could disrupt the existing peace and stability.
He called upon other leaders to work together towards delivering services to the public, saying his electoral victory was a win for all Kenyans.
Speaking at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre during a meeting with members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the president-elect further assured that his government will not waver in its quest to improve the lives of Kenyans.
He emphasised that his administration will focus on creating a conducive business environment that will lower the cost of production and reduce the cost of living.
The president-elect expressed his government’s commitment to partner with the private sector to create jobs for the country’s youth.
Saying his government will embrace an open-door policy, Kenyatta said he will encourage dialogue with the private sector in his endeavour to ensure production of affordable goods and provision of services for the benefit of Kenyans.
“We need to dialogue on ways to reduce the public wage bill by reducing the cost of living and producing affordable goods that will enable Kenyans lead decent lives,” the president-elect said.
Expressing the need to demystify government, president-elect Kenyatta proposed the deployment of a member of KEPSA to be based at his office to act as a liaison person between the government and the private sector.
“We intend to work closely with the private sector to make the nation competitive,” the president-elect said.
He also encouraged the input of the private sector in the formation of the new government structure that will work effectively to deliver the Jubilee Government’s promises to Kenyans.
On his part, Deputy President-elect William Ruto reaffirmed the Jubilee government’s desire to engage with the private sector to reduce poverty, grow the economy by double digits and create jobs as envisioned in the country’s development blueprint Vision 2030.
The deputy president-elect disclosed that the Jubilee government will work towards lowering the cost of farm inputs so as to produce enough for the country’s consumption and surplus for export.
He thanked the private sector for participating effectively in the national agenda, particularly in peace and security initiatives during the just concluded General Election.
Speaking during the meeting, members of KEPSA led by their chairman Patrick Obath and vice-chairman Vial Shah commended the Jubilee manifesto for addressing the aspirations of Kenyans and the business community.
In their presentations, KEPSA members discussed and recommended various ways the Jubilee government should adopt to accelerate the country’s development and economic growth.
They welcomed the assurance that the Jubilee government will create an enabling environment for rapid growth and expansion of the private sector.