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President Uhuru launches Sh4 billion firearms factory in Kiambu County

Kenya has opened a firearms factory in Ruiru, Kiambu County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that the ammunition plant will produce small arms, with plans to expand to mid-range firearm production within the next five years.
According to Kenyatta, the plant has already shipped 12,000 assault rifles.
The President stated that Kenya entered the arms manufacturing trade to reduce import costs and that the desire to locally produce ammunition tailored to Kenyan security operations necessitated the project.
Kenyatta also stated that he believes Kenya will become a regional and international supplier of small and medium-sized firearms.
The President revealed that intends to increase another ammunition plant in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, are in the works.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that the international supply chain can be fragile and susceptible to disruptions,” he explained, rationalizing Kenya’s new venture.
Kenyatta stated that 60% of the components used in the production of the 12,000 assault rifles were locally produced.
According to the President, the Ruiru project was originally estimated to cost Sh15 billion, but consultations and additional research led the Government to spend nearly a third of that amount.