(Photos) Uhuru launches Sh4bn gun manufacturing factory in Ruiru

This, he says, will aid in national economic and technological advancement.

In Summary

•Uhuru said the initiative will address high cost of weapons acquisition and provide 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.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Interior CS Fred Matiang'i in Ruiru./PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Interior CS Fred Matiang'i in Ruiru./PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has commissioned a gun manufacturing factory in Ruiru.

This, he says, will aid in national economic and technological advancement.

"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," he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the arms factory which is part of the National Security Industries Network is in line with the Manufacturing Pillar of the Big Four Agenda, as well as the Kenya Vision 2030./PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta said the arms factory which is part of the National Security Industries Network is in line with the Manufacturing Pillar of the Big Four Agenda, as well as the Kenya Vision 2030./PSCU

Uhuru was speaking at the National Security Industries, Ruiru where he  commissioned the Sh4 billion gun manufacturing factory.

Kenya has manufactured about 12,000 riffles with 60% of the components being locally manufactured.

"Over the next year, we intend to diversify to include 9 mm pistols and 7.62 assault riffles," Uhuru said.

The president walking with the Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Thursday./PSCU
The president walking with the Interior CS Fred Matiang'i on Thursday./PSCU

He was accompanied by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i  and a few government officials.

Uhuru 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.

The president said the arms factory which is part of the National Security Industries Network./PSCU
The president said the arms factory which is part of the National Security Industries Network./PSCU

"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 arms part./PSCU
The arms part./PSCU

"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.

The new factory was developed at a cost of Sh4 billion/PSCU
The new factory was developed at a cost of Sh4 billion/PSCU