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KAM calls for caution in Constitution implementation

By - | October 18th 2012

By John Oyuke

Industrialists want the new Constitution implemented prudently to avoid disruption of the economy.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) said there is a real possibility that failure to keep the spirit of the Constitution as it was promulgated, could lead to massive disruption of the nation’s economic output and thus people’s income.

The representative of the manufacturing value-add industries also expressed concern about the unavailability of adequate resources for implementing some of the provisions of the Constitution.

KAM Chief Executive, Betty Maina said one of the greatest fears the business community has is that the Government may decide to increase taxes to fund implementation of some aspects of the Constitution.

“The domino effect is that it will just increase the cost of doing business, which on its own comes with a set of ills,” she said.


Maina, who was speaking at a forum with Kenya Private Sector Alliance in Nairobi, asked Kenyans to keep spirit of the Constitution alive.

 “We have a beautiful document in the form of our Constitution, the implementation is where we are not up to speed. Though we do appreciate some of the effort being put in the implementation,” she said.

She also said costs of implementation must be undertaken with due caution. “The required resources and capacity for counties to carry out functions assigned under the Constitution must also remain a top priority,” Maina added.

Key among these functions, she said, will be public financial management and capable service delivery that delivers the promise of the Constitution.

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