The Kirinyaga County ANC gubernatorial candidate Peter Kariuki Ireri addressing Kagio town residents when he launched his campaigns this afternoon
The entry of Peter Kariuki Ireri into the Kirinyaga gubernatorial race has caused jitters in the local politics creating a crowded play ground .
The ANC candidate yesterday launched his bid with color and pomp and later inspected Kagio and Kagumo markets to get firsthand information of the problems traders at the facilities experience.
The American trained Economist found out that Kagio market was not only congested but lacked basic hygienic facilities.
He was conducted on a tour of the facility where he came across roofless sections where the traders carry out their business under deplorable conditions.
The candidate was also shown a ramshackle toilet which the traders in their hundreds use while an access road to the facility is also impassable due to its muddy nature.
Peter Kariuki Ireri,the Kirinyaga County ANC gubernatorial candidate interacting freely with fruit vendors at Kagio town this afternoon when he made an intensive inspection of the market with a view to finding out what the traders required to.
At Kagumo market kit was a replica of what he had witnessed at Kagio with congestion being the main feature.
Ireri later told the media he will criss cross the entire county to inspect other markets next week after which he will be announcing the urgent remedial measures to save the traders from the prevailing dehumanizing environment.
“If indeed we are serious to see Small and Medium Enterprises flourishing , then the first step is to create the necessary favorable and conducive environment for such business short of which we are only cheating ourselves, “he said.
Added the contender” we must as matter of priority expand the existing markets and also provide basic hygienic facilities for our traders and their customers ,”.
Continued Ireri,” In fact my administration will also ensure there was orderly manner in which goods and commodities sold at these markets were categorised in sections such that a customer does not struggle looking for what he or she wanted to buy,”
Kirinyaga County ANC Gubernatorial candidate Peter Kariuki Ireri listening attentively to a potato vendor at Kagio town market when he made an intensive inspection of the facility before launching his campaign this afternoon.
He said that way business would not only flourish but boom as it will attract many customers and create a 24 hour economy which traders yearn for .
Ireri said after being through with the markets he will later turn on the collapsed health care facilities which required an emergency turn around.
After fixing the markets and the health care ,he added he will then address the water problem and ECD matters systematically .
“ Am not coming to look for employment but to offer the much desired servant leadership with the massive expertise I have acquired in America and which for many years our people have failed to get,”he said.
He is seeking to unseat governor Anne Waiguru while he will also battle it out with Wangui Ngirici, Joseph Ndathi and Charles Kibiru among other contenders .