Kitui, Kenya, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has launched Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC), the first ever garment factory by a County government in Kenya.
The centre is expected to employ over 600 people and is aimed at increasing Youth skills development and wealth creation for Kitui County.
Ngilu says the factory will reduce the cost of garments and increase revenue for the county.
“Over 90 percent of garment money leaves Kitui to Nairobi, Thika, Kiambu since we lack a uniform making factory here. KICOTEC seeks to cure this situation”. She said.
While boosting the county’s revenue, KICOTEC will see the county also support the other services like provision of clean water, affordable healthcare and education.
She said KICOTEC will also grow the service industry in Kitui and that the fabric, materials and accessories needed for the factory will be sourced from the county, therefore, growing local distributors.
“With an average of 486,000 students in both primary and secondary schools, the county will increase revenue by Sh2billion annually,” she said.
She added that buying local products would mean Kitui will essentially support local businesses to grow especially the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), which accounts a majority of the county’s income.