Stop Politicizing Naivasha Special Economic Zone, President Kenyatta Tells Politicians

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has told politicians not to politicize the Naivasha Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which has the potential to create decent jobs for thousands of Kenyan youths.

The President said it was unfortunate that some leaders have resorted to engaging in politics of deceit to gain political mileage at the expense of the welfare of the people of Kenya.

"Let's shun politics of deceit. Let's avoid divisive politics. Kenyans deserve politics of development, not lies, insults and threats," President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta spoke after presiding over the ground-breaking ceremony to construct six factories at the Naivasha Special Economic Zone.

He emphasized that the decision to set up the special economic zone, the Inland Container Depot (ICD) and extend the Standard Gauge Railway to Naivasha was informed by the need to attract investors who previously would not venture into places that lacked infrastructure and adequate electricity.

"We did that to attract investors who will create jobs for Kenyans. Unfortunately, some people have the guts to stand before Kenyans and tell lies about these projects," the President said.

On the ground-breaking ceremony for the six factories owned by the Turkish Industry Holdings at the Special Economic Zone in Naivasha, the President said their construction will usher in a new era of enhanced contribution to the country's industrialization agenda.

Among the products that will be produced by the six factories include ceramic and granite tiles, sanitary towels, toilet paper and towel napkins, and iron and aluminium products.

"By this ground-breaking ceremony for six factories driven by new innovation and technology, we are now on the cusp of a true industrial take-off. A single aggregate investment of Kshs 90 billion is set to usher in a new era of accelerated economic development, characterized by greater visibility of the magical tag, Made-in-Kenya," he said.

The President added that once the construction of the factories at the Naivasha SEZ is completed, Kenya will dramatically increase her industrial export profile by taking to international markets high-quality and competitively priced products.

President Kenyatta said the factories will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs and provide dignity, pride and a better future for millions of Kenyans.


He thanked the Turkish Industry Holdings for making Kenya its investment destination of choice.

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