We recognize that the right to assemble, picket and peacefully demonstrate is firmly entrenched in the Constitution of Kenya and the role these activities play in advocating for change.

We recognize that picketing is an important tool for people to voice their concerns and grievances, and we believe in the fundamental right to peaceful assembly and peaceful protests.

Demonstrations where property and lives are lost, such as what we witnessed on Monday 20th 2023, do not have any winner and we all stand to lose.

Such actions undermine the future of the country, cause economic damage and cause apprehension and fear.

Such actions also undermine the future generation due to disruptions in learning institutions.

As we navigate through challenging times, both locally and globally, it is important for all sectors to focus on growing the economy and improving livelihoods for all Kenyans.

Kenya is well-positioned to benefit from the global economic recovery, and the threats and interruption of law and order are a risk to sustained economic development.

KEPSA members are particularly distressed by the unjustified attack on economic drivers such as media, telecommunication and banking institutions that have been cited for consumer boycotts.

Private sector players such as KCB Bank, Safaricom and the Star, directly and indirectly, employ thousands of politically neutral Kenyans from all walks of life, who must remain shielded from political distress.

By a considerable measure, these organisations are also a barometer of our economic stability, and an attack on them is an affront to our national economic aspirations.

Consequently, KEPSA as the apex body of the private sector bringing together the listed below associations and many companies including those targeted for recent boycotts, wishes to politely implore the political leaders to not include businesses in any disputes.

The business community remains committed to partnering with all sectors to increase jobs and revenue for the country.

Businesses operate within the confines of the law, are regulated by respected industry regulators and create jobs and revenues.

We urge all parties to avoid any actions that may undermine the peace and stability of our country.