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A group of religious leaders have urged local and international investors not to leave the country amid political tensions saying Kenya is safe and secure ahead of tomorrow’s fresh presidential election.
Speaking in Nakuru Town yesterday, the leaders from the Pastors Foundation Group led by missionary Steve Stuart said there is no need for any investor to close shop for fear of destruction of property. “I want to urge all investors, who are in Kenya and all those planning to invest here not to be misled by the current political uncertainty. Kenya is peaceful and it will remain so,” said Stuart.
According to Stuart, the country might be experiencing political uncertainty but that should not deter them from investing saying the government has put in place security measures to protect lives and property.
He urged Kenyans to exercise restraint and maintain peace during and after the elections saying that in an environment of peace, the investors will have no reason to leave.
“Only peace will guarantee stability and if we do that, then we have no fears of losing any investor in our country,” he added. The call comes hot on the heels of businesses in the country experiencing rapid sales decline with fears of violence imminent in some parts of the country because of demonstrations and hard line stances taken by top political leaders.
His sentiments were echoed by the group’s chairman Rev John Omollo, who said the nation should not be held captive by a few individuals for their selfish interests.
“Our nation is bigger than any individual, the country should not be held to ransom by people who want to achieve selfish interests,” he said. The group is planning to set up a free medical camp in the county today to enlighten residents on the need to have regular medical checkups.