VP says peaceful transition to herald economic growth
- VPPS 01st Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT +0300
Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has said a successful General Election will set the stage for economic and social transformation.
Speaking to Kenyans at the Hammersmith Town Hall, West London, Kalonzo said a peaceful transition would ensure that gains in economic growth, infrastructure development, investment in agriculture, tourism and manufacturing would be accelerated.
He told Kenyans who work and live in London that he was confident of being elected president and pledged to continue President Kibaki’s legacy.
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The VP promised to create jobs, fight poverty, boost food security, and economic growth if elected.
He declared that he would contest the presidency on a platform of national unity and peace.
“Politics of exclusion belong to the past,” said the VP.
Kalonzo pledged to champion for full implementation of the new Constitution and ensure all Kenyans are accorded equal opportunities.
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“You will eat from your sweat and rise as high as your dreams and aspirations will take you so long as you work to attain it. No one will be allowed to curtail or frustrate your efforts,” he said.
To realise accelerated economic growth the VP said more growth centres would be developed across the country and an aggressive programme for attracting direct foreign investments implemented.
The manufacturing sector would be expanded, external markets sought, and developed to realise a 24-hour economy. Kalonzo said exploitation of natural resources especially oil, gas, coal and minerals would improve economic growth.
“Our resources would be used for the welfare of Kenyans and not to enrich a few individuals. We are going to have the “oil blessing” rather than the “oil curse”, he said.
He warned that economic saboteurs would be prosecuted.
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Assistant Ministers Peter Munya, Wavinya Ndeti, and Gonzi Rai accompany the VP, who is in London for the 14th Paralympics Games.
The Diaspora meeting was organised by Wiper Democratic Party co-ordinator for UK and Europe, Frank Karanja.
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