It’s time to fix economy, says top pick Mudavadi
Prime Cabinet Secretary nominee Musalia Mudavadi sats the incoming Kenya Kwanza administration is putting in place a raft of remedial measures aimed at reviving the ailing economy in the shortest time possible.
Mudavadi, who is also the Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader says the new regime is ready to partner with like-minded individuals, corporates and investors to ensure the right trajectory is taken.
Speaking during the Hindu celebrations to mark Brahmotsava Mahotsavam festival at Sri Kalyana Venkatesewa Temple in Spring Valley, Nairobi at the weekend, Mudavadi called upon the Asian community and the Government of India to be partners in realisation of the dream.
“We have an economy to re-build and you are key players in our economy. There are challenges we are facing and the President has said we are not sitting pretty at this point in time. It will, therefore, call for our efforts to pull together so that we can start moving forward more aggressively, create the jobs that are needed and put food on the table for the many Kenyans that are needy. Politics are behind us and it is now time to pull together and get the country united,” he said.
The former Deputy Prime Minister called upon well-wishers and the international community to support the government’s efforts on tackling drought that has hit over 23 counties. He said the humanitarian situation in many regions is getting out of hand.
“It is only this week that President William Ruto appealed to international and local players, saying we are facing a serious crisis of drought in about 23 counties. People are facing severe hardships, lack of water, food, animal feed and, by extension, the consequences of illness that follow, owing to lack of medicine. So, the effort that we are witnessing today where you are stepping forward to feed and support very many needy Kenyans is most welcome. And on behalf of the Government of Kenya, I would want to take this opportunity to say that we would be happy to engage more robustly beyond this so that, through your networks and your efforts, you can help in complementing even further what the government is trying to do. Let’s mitigate the negative effects of the current drought”, he added.
The celebrations were used by temple devotees to donate food, medicine and other essential needs to various children homes and to raise funds for school-going children through payment of fees.
The devotees also supported school-feeding programmes in several institutions across the country.
“I have come to associate myself with the good effort and humanitarian work that you have been involved in for many years. I want to stand here as a Kenyan and say that your work has touched many souls for many years and what you are doing is really helping and complementing the efforts of the government of this country,” observed the former Finance Minister.
He encouraged the Asian community to continue participating in Kenya’s democratic process and thanked the Indian government for its continuous support to Kenya. “The Ruto administration is looking forward to further cement the cordial relationship between Kenya and India for the mutual benefit of all citizens”, he said.
“I want to thank you all for participating in the democratic process of this country because we are seeing greater participation by Kenyans of Asian origin. Moving forward, I want to encourage you to continue with the same spirit for us to pull together and move forward. We will commit ourselves to strengthen our relationship with India,” he stated.
. The Indian government has provided good opportunities for us, with credit lines running to over 100 million US dollars to boost agriculture and health sectors”, he said.
and as a form of expressing our appreciation, I want to say that let us work together to access that support through the initiative earmarked to expand our relationship and economies jointly and together as partners.