Build affordable vehicles for Kenyans, president tells local assemblers


Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has called upon local vehicle assemblers in the country to innovate ways of producing quality vehicles that are affordable for Kenyans.

The president wants local assemblers to produce high-quality vehicles that Kenyans can afford to discourage the importation of used cars which are being sold at lower prices than those assembled within the country.

Uhuru calls for cheaper local cars

Speaking at State House in Mombasa on Wednesday where he met members of the Kenya Manufacturers Association, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the automotive industry needs to come up with new solutions that benefit the Kenyan people and the industry itself.

“We have to think outside the box. I encourage you to come up with real solutions in the motor vehicle industry that will benefit Kenyans,” the president said.

“We all acknowledge that the importation of used vehicles has led to the slump of the vehicle manufacturing sector in the country,” he added.

Simba Corporation Group Executive Chairman Adil Popat, Isuzu East Africa MD Rita Kavashe, D.T. Dobie Executive Chairman Zarak Khan and Martyn Broadfield of Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers were all present and proposed methods for improving the automotive sector.

Among the proposals was a request for duty-free imports on machinery, the implementation of a National Automotive Council and government incentives.

Featured image: “Secretary Kerry and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Walk Across the Courtyard at the State House in Nairobi” flickr photo by U.S. Department of State shared as a United States Government Work (PD)

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.