Race for lobbyâ€™s top seat hots up as Ngatia, two others jostle
SEE ALSO :Private sector upbeat over Rotich BudgetNgatia, running as Team Nguvu, has pledged to engage the public to build the capacity of SMEs, which are the biggest employers, especially among the youth and women. “I am glad that many of the county officials elected in the ongoing county elections of the Chamber are members of our team, Team Nguvu,” said Ngatia, adding that many members are happy with his track record in Nairobi as well as his manifesto. And Mureu’s manifesto has six pillars, including an endeavour to streamline revenue collection and distribution at the Chamber. He is credited with making the Mombasa branch vibrant. “I want to continue the legacy left by Mr Kittony at the Chamber and I am bullish because most of the Rift Valley counties, including Baringo, West Pokot, Bomet and Kericho are behind me,” said Mureu. He defends his record as Kiprono Kittony’s national vice-chairman: “I’m the one who has brought back sanity to the chamber and I have talked about every economic and business situation in the country. If that makes me controversial so be it,” he says, adding that his manifesto is clear on the roadmap he wants to take the chamber.
SEE ALSO :Trade body lauds move to pay debtsMr Shariff has pledged to make Qatar a distribution centre for Kenya’s agricultural produce for the Middle East market. Shariff, whose company Tunasco is in agriculture, construction, energy and healthcare, said Qatar is a consumer country. “They have high purchasing power to buy our vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee, horticultural produce, meat and spices,” he said. If elected, Shariff said he will leverage on Qatar Airways’ regular flights to Kenya to move Kenyan products to the Middle East. Qatar Airways operates three daily flights to Nairobi, besides a four-times weekly service to Mombasa. He said he would also work with counties by linking them with countries that would buy their produce through a country-county partnership. His company Tunasco has business contacts in European Union, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Oman. Meanwhile, Semelang’o said he was still consulting widely on who to support for the presidency. “I think it will be good to go through the system, and let me support another candidate for president,” he said.
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