DP Rigathi Gachagua holds meeting with billionaires and politicians from the Mt. Kenya region to chart economic path.
In a meeting with billionaires and politicians from the Mount Kenya region on Saturday, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua addressed the economics of the nation, paying special attention to the tea and coffee sectors of the agriculture sector, which employ the majority of people in Central Kenya.
The Deputy President met the different stakeholders at a high-end resort in Nyeri where the different parties discussed putting in place strategies to revive the agriculture sector which the Deputy President has been at the forefront of resuscitating.
Some of the leaders at the meeting included; Governors Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Joshua Irungu (Laikipia), Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a).
EALA MPs Kanini Kega and Maina Karobia, Kenya’s nominee ambassador to India Economist Peter Munyiri, and former Nyeri Town MP Wambugu Ngunjiri also attended the meeting.
Others present were the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor Kiama Gitah, New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) Board Chairperson David Maina, and former Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) Peter Kanyago among other leaders.
Gachagua promised at the meeting to root out the agricultural cartels that have prevented farmers from receiving their produce’s actual value.
“The Business community plays a critical role in shaping any nation’s economy; they create the much-needed jobs for our country,” Gachagua stated.
Gachagua further assured Kenyans that despite the high taxation, the government is working to ensure that taxes collected from Kenyans are put to good use.
“We have an international obligation and we must own up to our debt irrespective of which administration accrued them. That is why we are tightening the revenue collection process,” he stated.
On his part, former Nyeri Town MP Wambugu commended DP Gachagua for initiating the meeting to chart a way forward for the region.
“When we come together as a region we also do so to add value within, and without. Internally we challenge each other to be better. Externally we leverage our strengths and make Kenya better,” he remarked.
He also emphasized that the plan to unite the region spearheaded by Gachagua and President William Ruto will put the community on solid political footing and ensure President Ruto gets a second term.