Nyamira County Women representative Ms Alice Chae at a past event. PHOTO/FILE
Monday, May 12, 2014
The Jubilee government should not ignore Western countries in favour of the East, Nyamira County Women representative Alice Chae has said.
Reacting to the multi-billion shilling deals that the government entered with China recently, Ms Chae said the Jubilee leadership was treading on dangerous grounds by ignoring Kenya’s old development partners after establishing trading links with countries from the East.
“I am not against our country partnering with the Eastern countries for development. What I detest is a situation where our President is ignoring Kenya’s old development partners in the West in preference to the Eastern blocks,” she said.
She said Kenya will suffer in the long run if it ignores Western development partners.
“Since independence we have been trading with foreign countries that equally support us in developing our countries. What the government is required to do is to expand its partnership without ignoring our old development partners,” she added.
She said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government should not cut international relationships with Western trade partners, who she said had assisted Kenya develop for the past 50 years.
“I am not against the country getting new development partners but as it does so it must not ignore our old international trade partners who have made Kenya what it is,” Ms Chae said at Rianchiri PAG church in Nyamira County