President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday said the Jubilee administration has developed the Coast region more than any other regime.
He cited the expansion of the Port of Mombasa with an aim of making Kenya a net exporter of goods.
The President said contrary to allegations made by the opposition, the Jubilee government intends to create jobs for all Kenyans by opening up industrial parks across the country where goods are manufactured and transported to the port for export.
“We want Mombasa to become a central point where all goods manufactured across our country arrive and are exported to destinations in the rest of the world as opposed to Mombasa being purely a port where we just receive goods for our people to consume,” Uhuru said.
He spoke at State House in Mombasa during an interview with journalists. Uhuru said allegations by the opposition that the Naivasha dry port will minimise operations at the Mombasa port are misplaced. He said the opposition is afraid “its dubious businesses at the port will close down”.
He said Jubilee also plans to put up industrial parks at Dongo Kundu, Voi, Konza, Naivasha and Kisumu, where goods for export will be manufactured and transported through the standard gauge railway to the Mombasa port for shipping across the globe.
“The difference between us in Jubilee and our friends, and you know their businesses here, is that we want to build an industrial base in Kenya,” Uhuru said.
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