Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has said all Kenyans are shareholders in the national government and are contributing significantly to the success of the country.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a county aggregation and industrial park in Siaya, Kuria outlined the importance various parts of the country are bringing on the country’s development table.
His comments, however, are a sharp contrast to the sentiments of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua who has been fronting the ideology of a government of shareholders.
According to Gachagua, only those who supported Kenya Kwanza in the polls are shareholders in their government and reserve the front-row seats when plum jobs and developments are being shared.
Yesterday, however, although Kuria avoided mentioning names, he stressed the need for all Kenyans to be treated equally, arguing that it is not an election season.
“We want to create 47 mini-economies that work together for our country. For me, all parts of Kenya are useful. By the mere fact that the products that you have that can contribute to our jobs, to our foreign exchange, to our national GDP, everybody in this country is a shareholder,” said Kuria.
It is upon that background that the CS is pushing for investments through industrial parks in all the counties.
He cited Siaya county as an example of one of the counties contributing to Kenya with fish, while other counties with cotton, sunflower, and avocado makes them shareholders.
Governor James Orengo also argued that they are allowed to differ politically but should not weaponise development.
He applauded the CS, saying his actions are testimony that Kenyans are one and the people of Siaya deserve development because they are Kenyans.
Senator Oburu Oginga noted that it is the responsibility of the national executive to bring development to the people without them begging for it.