Speaking on Wednesday after an extensive tour of the Kwale International Sugar Company Limited, Kenyatta and Ruto said the Jubilee Government will work with all stakeholders to ensure that factories in the Coast region and across the country operate efficiently and profitable for the benefit of all Kenyans.
“That is why we want Kenyans to maintain peace and work together in building the nation,” the president-elect said.
Kenyatta said that he is will strengthen the agriculture-based factories in the Coast, including sugar and cashew nut factories, in order to improve the region’s economy and create jobs for the youth.
“We support the revival of the Kwale International Sugar Company Limited and many others in Coast because they will play a crucial role in our efforts to rejuvenate the region’s economy,” the president-elect said.
Kenyatta was impressed that the sugar company has now employed over 1,200 locals and projected to increase the number to 3,000 once the factory becomes fully operational next year.
“I am encouraged that the company has plans of establishing an out grower program where small-scale sugarcane farmers can grow and sell their cane to the company,” he noted.
He urged more investors to venture into adding value to the country’s agricultural products, pointing out that this will generate more income and more employment opportunities that will in turn bolster the country’s economy.
On his part, Deputy President-elect Ruto reiterated that the Jubilee Government will serve all Kenyans without discrimination.
“Under the Jubilee Government all Kenyans will be treated equally. No Kenyan will be discriminated on the basis of tribe, religion or political affiliation,” he said.
Ruto emphasised that the administration will improve the agricultural sector and use value addition to create employment for the country’s youth.
The two leaders were accompanied by Coast Provincial Commissioner Samuel Kilele and outgoing Environment Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere.