Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria says he will launch more “business community chapters” to complement police in securing businesses during anti-IEBC demos.
Speaking in Murang’a, the controversial MP said the communities had maintained law and order in Nairobi during the National Super Alliance (Nasa) protests, hence the need to introduce them in other counties.
“We shall introduce them even in Nasa strongholds to make sure that businesses in those areas are not disrupted,” he said during Jubilee Party’s Mbele Iko Sawa campaigns for the re-election of President Kenyatta.
Nairobi Business Community— an amorphous, motley, loose grouping without a face and proper structures— surfaced during Nasa’s anti-IEBC demos.
The community, mainly made up of youths allied to the Jubilee Party, has been countering their Nasa rivals during protests with a view of ‘protecting businesses’.
The two groups have clashed on several occasions, and police have been responding with teargas.
There are growing doubts if the association is registered and the motive of its members has come into question.
Recently, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa), the apex body of the private business community in Kenya, denounced the group.
Kepsa leaders said they do not recognise the community and none of their members is either registered with or affiliated to it.
Nasa has also dismissed and raised its fears over the group, claiming it is an extension of the outlawed Mungiki sect.
However, , saying its sole purpose was to stand up for the interests of “the majority”.
He said the formation of the group was informed by President Kenyatta’s statement that “security starts with me”, claiming the Head of State meant Kenyans should not sit and watch as opposition supporters destroy property in the name of protests.
That is not what President Kenyatta meant.
The president’s statement, at the height of Al-Shabaab terror on Kenyan soil, sought to get Kenyans involved in the anti-terror campaign by seeking to know their neighbours in the spirit of community policing.
Other leaders who accompanied Mr Kuria during the campaign on Wednesday were Murang’a Women Rep Sabina Chege, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Nominated MP Julius Sankok, and former MPs Danson Mungatana (Garsen) and Ababu Namwamba (Bundalang’i)
The leaders said they had embarked on a vigorous campaign to ensure that over two million voters who did not turn out in the August 8 General Election in central Kenya vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We want to make sure that the difference margin between Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga is so huge that Odinga will be shy to file another petition in Supreme court,” Mr Namwamba told Murang’a town residents.
Gatundu South lawmaker says Nairobi group to launch chapters in Nasa strongholds.