With Richard Ngatia almost assured of clinching the much coveted Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry presidency, the spotlight is now on the deputy’s slot. Those opposing Ngatia are James Mureu and new entrant Abdulatiff Shariff.
Already, those eyeing the deputy slot are angling to be associated with Ngatia Team Nguvu.
Last week, a confident Ngatia shared his manifesto ahead of polls set for May.
The contestant together with influential politicians and different officials of the chamber organised a grand event where he allowed representatives of different sectors from different counties to share concerns they have experienced over time and that they would want address should he beats his opponent Mureu who is the vice chair of KNCCI.
In attendance was the cabinet secretary in the ministry of Devolution Eugene Wamalwa who said KNCCI supports the private sector and urged Ngatia to prioritise reforms to support the sector should he win.
Kiprono Kittony, the current KNCCI president, has served for two terms since 2012. The 2019 election will be the third nationwide election, other elections having been held in 2012 and 2016.
Already, Gor Semelang’o has declared he will vie for the position of the vice president.
Semelang’o, a former Youth Fund boss, said he had acquiesced to the requests of members not to vie for the traders’ lobby top job. Gor, has come out in support of Ngatia.
Others seeking to contest for the first vice-president’s position include Charles Wako, Julius Opiyo and Fatma El Maawy. It is not known who Ngatia wants to be his deputy.
Wako who is the chairman East African Safari Air Express has received backing from KNCCI branches just like Gor.
This will be the third nationwide election following 2012 and 2016. Those contesting for positions of regional directors are Rodgers Mulemi (Western), Paul Ouma (Nyanza), Thinguri Waruathe (Central), Samuel Kanyi and Jacob Godana (Upper Eastern).
Others are Patrick Musee (Lower Eastern), Deche Kashero (Coast) and Charles Mose (North Rift Valley).
Those contesting for national office positions must have been chamber members for at least five years.