, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – Polycarp Igathe, Senator Mike Sonko’s running mate in the Nairobi gubernatorial contest has called upon the business community to support their bid saying it represents a reform agenda for the city.
Igathe who spoke to Capital FM News after a meeting with business and corporate leaders largely drawn from Nairobi said his alliance with Sonko is focused on delivering a clean and secure city where businesses will thrive.
“What we’re a looking for in Nairobi is geometric progression not arithmetic progression. We’re looking for a real deep change not only of the hardware but also the software,” Igathe said adding that “one cannot change the city by trying to recycle somebody who was here before or ideas that were in the past.”
“Here is a team that has bandwidth, Mike Mbuvi Sonko brings political bandwidth, Polycarp Igathe bring commercial and managerial bandwidth. Who can beat such a team?” Igathe remarked.
Once elected, Igathe said, the Sonko administration will undertake surgical changes aimed at rooting out corruption and incompetence at City Hall while working on restoring the city’s glory.
Igathe pointed out that he and Sonko will work in tandem with the National Government to deliver on the Jubilee Party manifesto.
“We’re going to create a new City Hall and leave the old one in the past. A City Hall that is aligned to the National Government; that has coherence in strategy with what the Central Government wants to achieve,” he said.
The deputy gubernatorial nominee said he was a firm believer in the values that the Jubilee Party represents commending the vision bearers – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto – for creating a vibrant party that stands for progress and economic transformation.
“I am very proud to serve in the party of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto. These two individuals took a massive risk in abandoning their horses to come to a national horse and ride it together. Who am I to stay outside? I want to join the horse.”
Business leaders present during the meeting expressed confidence in the Sonko-Igathe ticket for the Nairobi governorship saying the two have the ability to transform the county’s economy.
Megascope Chief Executive Officer Richard Ngatia who attended the forum told Capital FM News that the business community is confident that the two will offer solutions to problems facing the business sector.
“The business community is definitely very excited to have one of their own at the City Hall. We believe Igathe will with the help of Sonko ensure the challenges faced by both the formal and informal business sectors are fixed,” Ngatia said.
He also expressed optimism in Igathe’s ability to lead reforms in licensing regulations that he said have made it difficult for businesses to thrive.
“Igathe is somebody who will lobby for businesses so that he can make sure we have a conducive environment to do business particularly on the so many licenses that are currently required to operate businesses in this city,” he said arguing that some of the licenses discouraged new businesses from pitching tent in the city.