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Insecurity is hurting our economy

10 April 2013, 16:25 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

Statistics places our ‘former peers’ like Malaysia and Singapore miles away in terms of their economic growth and technological achievements.

Way back in the late 70s and late 80s, the two countries were rumoured to have been our frequent guests: learning the ropes from our then emerging economic giant.

What went wrong for our nation? When the rain did started beating us as a country?

Well, economic experts have since unanimously blamed vices like corruption, public coffers, looting and ‘run away’ impunity for our retarded and degrading economic growth.

However, of late, the resurgent wave of insecurity has dealt our country’s economic growth a severe blow it might take years, sweat and ‘blood’ to recover!

Undoubtedly, our nation largely depends on tourism and exports to finance its ever ambitious budget.

The former has since been thwarted by the ‘domineering’ presence of the Al Shabab and the out-lowed ‘gangs’ like Mombasa Republican Council.

Despite the many efforts by the government security machinery, the duet has increasingly become a thorn in the flesh of the country’s tourism sector.

The insecure coastal region is no longer the preferred tourism destination for hundreds and thousands of tourists.

Moreover, no investor is willing to risk putting his hard cash in an insecure place.

As such, I would love to appeal to the new government to do anything necessary to stem and curb such sources of insecurity.

Furthermore, as a people, we should be willing to smoke out suspected and known members of such entities bringing chaos and instability to our country.

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