Amani National Congress (ANC) Party Leader, Musalia Mudavadi has said that women must be mainstreamed into policy formulation and implementation at all levels of the government for the prosperity of the country.
Mudavadi say women are critical in business decision making given the level of input they give to the nation right from the grassroots level.
“The first step that we must push at all times is that women be part of formulation and implementation of policies at all levels, this is critical so that their concerns can be mainstreamed from the beginning to the end,” said Mudavadi.
“This must be a serious position that we shall all take and I can assure you that will be my road to make sure we are working with women at all levels in making critical decisions,” he added.
Mudavadi, who spoke in a virtual meeting themed ‘Future of Women in Business’ also attended by women business leaders, insisted on the need to redefine existing business policies to benefit all groups of people.
“We need to redefine our policies. We should not have policies that end up becoming an obstruction rather than act as regulations – especially the Implementation part of Government policies should be streamlined, not just having good polices that lie on paper,” he said.
He said the biggest mistake that the country has made for the longest time and especially among policy makers is the art of loading down to the people and little listening for feedback.
“Going forward my priority is fix the economy and I do not intend to deviate from that because where we sit now, we must find solutions and hope for Kenyans,” said Mr. Mudavadi.
He said that businesses must be allowed to grow so that savings can be made because no country can grow without savings and is also a form of cushioning.
He noted that Government expenditure programs are a hindrance to businesses while pending bills are a thorn in the flesh and have a spiral effect when people are not paid since the knockdown effect is immense.
As much as taxation is necessary, Mudavadi said it should neither be punitive nor an obstacle for doing business.
He also called for the need to review the country’s tax policy to make it more friendly which will lead to more compliance from the taxpayers
“Good taxation is one that is simple, fair and well spread out so that the burden is not too heavy on any single individual. Now we are seeing a situation where one get the feeling that the taxman has eaten the eggs from the goose and is now going for the goose itself. This is a dangerous trend,” he stated.
Public Service Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Beatrice Elachi, who attended the virtual meeting, echoed similar sentiments saying that regulations must be moderate to support businesses.
“We are within a pandemic and we do not know when it will ever end and we therefore require regulations that will support the business environment,” she said.