Renowned Mombasa-based politician and businessman Suleiman Shahbal tore into the government for doing enough to encourage employers in the country.

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Speaking at the KICC on Friday to members of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce, Shahbal claimed that he had not received any encouragement from the government in spite of employing scores of people.

"And today, I am proud to say that I am employing hundreds of Kenyans across Kenya. And there are hundreds of other Kenyans who are willing to do the same. But what I can tell you is that everything that I have done here, I have received zero, absolutely zero encouragement from the government, " the businessman said. (1:46-2:12)

He went on to claim that the government was also not encouraging the Kenyan diaspora in spite of the billions of shillings they send back to the country.

The former Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant further called on the government to establish a ministry that would manage the affairs of Kenyans working overseas as he called out the government for not taking seriously the Kenyan diaspora.

The BBI has been moving around the country taking views from Kenyans before it compiles a comprehensive report of their findings to be handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.