Activists worried that NASA swearing in could affect economy

Raila Odinga accompanied by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Kilif Governor Amson Kingi after he inaugurated the Coast People’s Assembly at Sun ’N’ Sand Beach Resort in Kilifi County. PHOTO: GRACE MITHAMO.

Mombasa,KENYA: Human rights activists and business stakeholders at the coast are arguing that the proposed swearing in of the NASA leader Raila Odinga and the ongoing political crisis in the country could affect the country’s economy.

Alex Nziwi Mwaruwa an officer at Human rights Agenda Organization-HURIA in Mombasa, says the current situation could shy away investors who are still interested in investing in the country.

Mwarua added that the political environment in Kenya has not yet stabilized since the last general election.

“Since the general election, nothing is moving on in the country, because every political side is adamant that they won the election, and this has made investors afraid of investing in Kenya,” said Mwaruwa.

He says the move by the opposition side to swear in Raila Odinga as their president on 30th January can cause more chaos, distraction and instability in the country since president Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in constitutionally.

“We are really pushing for a national dialogue so as to solve this political crisis in the county, we need to soldier on as a country,” added Mwaruwa.

Their sentiments have been echoed by members of the Mombasa business community who say their businesses are heavily reliant on peace, security and political environment in the country.

Janet Mirobi, a hotel industry investor in Mombasa says during December holidays a large number of hotels were booked by local tourists.

Speaking exclusively to Baraka FM, Mirobi added that Mombasa can only get more international tourists if only the country invests more in peace, security and political stability.

She also dismissed a move by opposition leader Raila Odinga to be sworn in as a people’s president on January 30th terming it as a baseless move that had the potential to hinder the country’s economy.