In Summary
  • Unless something drastic happens, Kenya could be holding elections well past the endpoint for Vision 2030.
  • Kepsa members will carry on with business even in the face of the most severe boycotts.

Organisations that speak with a big voice and carry a small stick, such as the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, cannot remain silent when the country is stuck in an endless election cycle.

Unless something drastic happens, Kenya could be holding elections well past the endpoint for Vision 2030, thus jeopardising all efforts to turn it into a middle-income economy with a good standard of life and predictable politics.

Job applications from the millions of unemployed masses seeking opportunities in the private sector are going to thin down to a trickle as their hopes callous into despair.

The lucky few in employment will be worried sick not knowing if they will be still wanted the following day or not.

Boycotts called to arbitrarily punish companies for not suffering foolish election demands about servers and fattening opponents are a backhanded compliment on the centrality of business in Kenya’s politics.

Finally, the congenital haters of business have come round to acknowledging that they cannot seize, consolidate or exercise power in Kenya without the say-so of Kepsa board members such as Muhoho Kenyatta and chairman Vimal Shah.

Milk, mobile phone airtime and cooking fat are not to be trifled with in an election season.

The boycott targeting Mr Kenyatta’s Brookside Dairies for his kinship with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Shah’s Bidco Industries and Bobby Collymore’s Safaricom for their chumminess with the government will not set the 203 members against one another.

They will bunch together to resist boycotts as they speak for the 500,000 businesses across the country.

The private sector is the engine of good ideas, having authored the peace that prevailed in the country before, during and after the 2013 General Election.

Such was the brilliance of Kepsa’s peace campaign that donors such as the Danish Development Agency (Danida) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) told the privateers not to spend a coin of their legitimate profits on the initiative as they would underwrite it.

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