On 16th August, KENASVIT, the StreetNet affiliate in Kenya, organised a peaceful march and rally outside the Treasury, the Prime Minister's residence and the National Parliament to call for the speedy enactment of the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) Bill. In the afternoon, KENASVIT officials were able to deliver a memorandum to the Hon. Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka .
|MP's assistant reads memorandum|
The MSE Bill was first drafted in 2000 but has been stalled continuously. The Bill would provide a much needed legal framework for the informal traders of Kenya, and will also set up a micro-credit fund. KENASVIT has over 400,000 members in 13 towns in Kenya. It is planning a series of peaceful marches throughout the country over the coming month.
|Machakos informal traders protest at high levies|
and the enactment of the MSE Bill August 23
As a consequence of the march, the government and private sector held a multi -stakeholders workshop on 18th August at Marble Arch Hotel on the MSE Bill and MSE Fund. Twelve (12) government Ministries and Departments were represented.
|KENASVIT banner will tour the towns of Kenya!|
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