By JOSEPH OJWANG.
The former Youth Enterprise Development Fund chairman Gor Semelang’o plans to ensure the reintroduction of trade licensing as he campaigns to succeed Kiprono Kittony as the President of the giant Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI).
Semelang’o says the Chamber will push for trade licensing as one of the tools for prequalification of tender in the county governments.
He says the Chambers across the country will generate a lot of revenue once trade license is reintroduced.
Speaking to the press in Kisumu after meeting the Chamber delegates in Nyanza region while on a campaign trail, Semelang’o says after the reintroduction, counties will insist on trade license certificate from those applying for tenders.
He reported that delegates are worried about the conditions set for eligibility to vote.
Semelang’o says most delegates are bound to be locked out since majority of them could not afford to marshal resources to get clearance.
He promised to push for the change on eligibility as delegates’ plans to vote in new office in May this year.
Kevin Obungu, a delegate, representing the Chamber in Migori County says they are looking ahead to a visionary leader to steer the Chamber to greater heights.
Obungu says Nyanza region has lagged behind in terms of business and Semelang’o has promised them to prioritize the issue once elected.
Semelang’o is the latest entrant in the race in what appeared to be a two horse race between Laban Onditi and Stephen Mbugua, both senior outgoing officials of KNCCI.