Raila vows to boost Kenya-Somalia bilateral ties if elected


Raila Odinga pledged to strengthen bilateral relations between Kenya and Somalia in an effort to boost Kenya’s economy.

Speaking on Tuesday afternoon during his meeting with the Eastleigh Business Association in Nairobi, Azimio presidential candidate la Umoja One Kenya reiterated his commitment to tackling the high taxes faced by businesses.

The Azimio leader said streamlining the Kenya Bureau of Statistics and the Kenya Revenue Authority would help create an enabling environment for Kenyan business communities to function.

Odinga, who was accompanied by other leaders aligned with the Azimio coalition, said his administration will ensure that Nairobi becomes the business hub for East Africa.

The accompanying leaders, led by Host MP Yussuf Hassan, Suna MP Junet Mohamed, Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, Nairobi MP Esther Passaris and Wajir MP Fatuma Gedi told the association that Raila had proven to be an outstanding leader in boosting the Kenyan economy.

Earlier, Raila announced a series of measures aimed at rationalizing the informal sector if elected president in the upcoming elections.

During a press conference held Tuesday at his residence in Karen, Raila said his administration would adopt a policy of recognition of prior learning (RPL) which aims to eliminate intermediaries and brokers who take advantage of the vulnerabilities of millions of workers in the sector. .

Raila noted that a majority of those working in the informal sector are often duped into accepting meager payments despite their unmatched skills due to a lack of proper academic credentials.

“I strongly support the implementation of recognition of the Prior Learning Policy in Kenya (RPL). We have too many undocumented skilled Kenyans flocking to industrial areas for lower paying jobs due to a lack of recognized certificates,” he said.

The presidential candidate urged stakeholders to implement the policy to formalize the sector.

“It is high time the country did something about this sector which is the biggest employer in the country and a source of income for many. We will forge a partnership to ensure that this sector is formalized,” assured Raila.

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