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Monday, 01 May 2017 15:27 EATjonyando@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to remain united as the country heads to the August general elections. “As we enter the election season, we must remember that violence and discord has always been at the expense of the worker. They have led to layoffs, lack of investment, and suffering,” said the President at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, where he led Labour Day celebrations.
Saying some rich Asian countries that had economies smaller than Kenya fifty years ago, the president asked Kenyans to hold on to the peace and stability that the country enjoys. “We have built a good foundation to transform our country, and in the last four years we have laid the necessary foundations for a rapid upward rise,” he said.
Deputy President William Ruto said as the country goes for elections, Kenyans need to be reminded that power is not about sharing positions among the elite but implementing policies aimed at creating wealth to be shared among wananchi. “We must be reminded that power is not the sharing of the elite it is for the empowerment of every citizen of the great republic of Kenya and it’s not for sharing positions that will change, it is the creation of jobs,” he said.
COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli commended President Kenyatta and his Deputy for ensuring free, fair and transparent nominations of their Jubilee Party saying peaceful and transparent nominations are a precursor of peaceful general elections. Mr Atwoli wished President Kenyatta success in the coming election.
During the event, the president increased the minimum wage by 18 percent and issued a directive to increase the non-taxable bonuses and overtime to Sh100,000 to cushion low-income earners.
He directed the cabinet secretary for Industrialisation to urgently convene a meeting with employers “to explore measures to cushion them from costs associated with non-labour factors.”