Kenya’s private sector lobby groups have warned that the rising threats of electoral chaos and violence have becomes the biggest threat to the economy.
The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) said in a statement today that the hardline stands taken by the two political formations Jubilee and National Super Alliance (NASA) were shaking the hopes of pulling Kenyans out of poverty.
“Our super-heated political rhetoric and hardline positioning by politicians, accompanied by threats of chaos and implied violence, are now a serious threat to the continued economic wellbeing of this country and, by extension, to our hopes of lifting our people out of poverty,” the lobby said in a statement signed CEO Carol Kariuki.
Kepsa expressed ‘concern’ over the alleged arson attack in Gikomba and the looting of Tumaini Supermarket branch in Kisumu.
“These incidents remain highly regrettable. As an alliance of private sector players, we are taken aback by these incidents. An attack on a small scale private sector player is an attack on a major player and deserves our condemnation in the strongest terms possible,” said Kepsa.
The Retail Trade Association of Kenya (RETRAK) said it is concerned at the increasing frequency and threats that continue to face formal and informal retail sector players; effectively undermining the National Economic development ideals.
“At RETRAK we condemn such incidents that impact negatively and occasion unnecessary losses to our membership and non-members. We call upon the security machinery to consider beefing up security for the players in the retail sector during this electoral season. We also call upon the political players across the divide to urge their supporters to maintain law and order at all times,” said RETRAK in a statement signed by its chairman Wahome Muchiri.
Kepsa appealed to citizens to work with the police to bring the culprits in the two incidences to book.
Kepsa has also challenge the political players to come out and strongly condemn the acts of arson and sabotage.
“In our view, an electoral process does not amount to a law and order vacation. As key stakeholders in Kenya’s present and future, we will continue to speak out; we will not be found to have remained silent during a momentous time for our country,” said Kepsa.