President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned a gun manufacturing factory in Ruiru which he said will aid the country’s technological advancement and economic growth.
“Covid-19 has taught us that international supply chains are vulnerable to disruption. We add another arrow to our security quiver. This sets stage for the progressive domestic manufacture of security equipment used by our nation,” said Uhuru while commissioning the plant at the National Security Industries, Ruiru.
“Over the next year, we intend to diversify to include 9 mm pistols and 7.62 assault rifles,” he added.
The head of State who was also accompanied by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and a few government officials, said the initiative will address the high cost of weapons acquisition and provide the security sector independence and allow Kenya to produce high quality weapons.
“By venturing into this, we seek self-reliance and strengthening of local capabilities and offering decent jobs for our youths,” he said.
Uhuru said Kenya stands to advance human capital and fuel the modernisation for iron manufacturing.
“The journey will not be an easy one. It needs investment of money, training and building equipment,” he said.
The Small Arms Factory project is aimed at enhancing the country’s self-reliance through local production of security equipment.