Mutua calls for economic forum to discuss Kenya’s financial future


Mutua calls for economic forum to discuss Kenya's financial future
File image of Machakos Goevrnor Dr. Alfred Mutua. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Mutua expressed concerns over the newly-released 2019/2020 budget saying that it does little to cater for Kenyans' jobs and poverty alleviation.
  • "The taxation of the very poor and the huge financing gaps with no clear indication of how jobs will be created, poverty rolled back and economic revival achieved, means that we need to step in and play our roles to support what Uhuru Kenyatta’s Government is doing."
  • He condemned politicians who have already delved into campaigns, saying that Kenyans are not interested in political rallies, but instead they should focus on providing good livelihoods for the electorate.

Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua is calling for the formation of a national forum to discuss the country’s economic future.

Speaking on Sunday, Mutua expressed concerns over the newly-released 2019/2020 budget saying it does little to cater for Kenyans’ jobs and poverty alleviation.

“The recent budget estimates presented by CS Henry Rotich, are an indication that as a country, we need to start thinking seriously of our financial future,” said Mutua.

“The taxation of the very poor and the huge financing gaps with no clear indication of how jobs will be created, poverty rolled back and economic revival achieved, means that we need to step in and play our roles to support what Uhuru Kenyatta’s Government is doing.”

He called on national and county governments, economic experts, scholars, business people and others to form a National Economic Forum which will come up with ideas to propel the country’s economy.

“I suggest, for example, an idea that will spur consumer spending and manufacturing: If all businesses in Kenya chose to employ an additional one employee, this would quickly generate 1-2 million jobs instantly.

“The business person may initially see a reduction of 10,000-15,000 shillings from his or her monthly profits but that money will not only empower a young person but will grow the economy,” said the Governor.

Mutua also condemned politicians who have already delved into campaigns, saying that Kenyans are not interested in political rallies, but instead they should focus on providing good livelihoods for the electorate.

“Instead of we leaders just jumping up and down all over the country in political and social meetings, we should instead sit down and discuss the economy,” said Mutua.

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