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Investors urge President to find lasting solution to insecurity

18 June 2014, 15:13 Jane Zack

Bungoma - Over 50 Kenyan businessmen have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to enter into structured dialogue with the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in a bid to save the economy of the country.

They said the ‘bad language’ used by some leaders in public forums had scared off potential investors and thus putting the country’s economy on the brink of collapse.

Led by Vice chairman Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, Laban Onditi Rao, the businessmen said dialogue was the only way out of the challenges currently facing the country.

Speaking at the Busia Immigration offices Tuesday afternoon on their way to Kampala for an international conference, the businessmen appealed Raila to cancel his countrywide rallies.

“It is shocking to note that a foreign investor who had arrived in the country to roll out his KES 2.5 billion investment projects flew back after coming face to face with uncertainties facing the country,” he told the Chamber of Commerce deputy boss.

He said rising cases of insecurity in the country with sporadic bombs and grenade attacks in every corner portrays lack of structural development for security in the country.

Meanwhile, Salvation Army Church has also called for dialogue between President Uhuru and Raila saying tension had been heightened after the government’s indication that it would not succumb to dialogue of any sort.

The Divisional Commander of Mt. Elgon Division, Major Henry Changalwa said ‘loose tongues’ can destroy the nation.

“We lost many lives during the 2007 post-election violence and the church cannot watch as leaders engage in public outbursts which are threatening the country’s peace,” he said.

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