In a Tuesday night interview hosted by Wahiga Mwaura , Caroline Karugu Deputy chief agent Azimio OKA coalition and Kwame Owino CEO IEA played guest in articulate engagement at citizen tv New night.
The duo were put on the spotlight to give an extensive overview from debt to corruption to the Azimio manifesto promise of a wonderland.
One aspect that had created a heated debate on-line was the Mitumba issue, it became a key subject of discussion Caroline expounding on what Odinga highlighted on a Monday evening with Kwame giving economist bipartisan point of view.
On his part the Assistant chief Agent asserted that Odinga's take on the mitumba docket was misread by the public. That whatever has been pinpointed out in their manifesto would be a transitional process whereby the phasing out of Mitumba would be done in stages and not as an immediate action.
The mitumba traders will have to be involved in the whole process, consultations between the traders, private sector and government will characterise the agreements that would have to be reached thereafter.
Besides that Caroline also argued that it was about time as a nation we relook at our textile industries , that was lucrative years ago but now it's a limping industry, it means something went wrong but the solutions are evidently visible in their manifesto
She also reassured the Mitumba traders of their safety, arguing that with the revamping of our textile industries they'll all be assimilated in the value chain of a textile industry. From producers, assemblers, to the tailors, the traders and so forth.
On the other hand kwame argued that a section of people that reacted to the mitumba idea responded from an ignorant point of view and it was because the idea was fronted by a person that doesn't suits their political ideology.
However he claimed that this wouldn't be a good idea to implement radically as is supposed to be a gradual procedure, that how big the market is at the moment is another value chain of its own.
He trickled down saying forcing people to put on Kenyan brands because you want to revive the textile industries is uncalled for, that it would be now exploiting the electorate freedom of choice.
That you'll be able to do that, uplift the limping textile industry but at the same time let people go on with their businesses.
Here's the detail link for the interview
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