President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, October 18, went on a rant against importers he accused of ruining the local manufacturing sector.
Uhuru who was speaking in Mombasa, during the launch of a Toyota Hilux assembly plant at the Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA), stated that he would be relentless in ensuring local manufacturers run profitable businesses.
In a video shared by the Daily Nation, the head of state lamented that the imported goods were killing the manufacturing industries in Kenya and as such, detrimental to the economy.
"I want to declare that our tax will first go into purchasing locally manufactured goods and they won't change our minds, let me be very clear on that," the president angrily stated.
Uhuru further warned importers against using the court system to fight his agenda.
"Even if you go to court 20 times I will not reverse this decision," he added.
He further claimed that it would be immoral for anyone to surpass a local manufacturer and import a similar product insisting on the buy-Kenya-build-Kenya initiative.
The president also accused the judicial system of working towards benefitting businessmen as local industries closed down leading to job losses.
"And those that lend these businessmen an ear should know that they are hurting the economy and snatching employment from our youth," President Kenyatta concluded.
On March 13, 2019, the president ordered all ministries and other state agencies to buy locally assembled cars as opposed to importing vehicles.
Together with the French President Emmanuel Macron, he commissioned a locally assembly Peugeot 3008, SUV by the Thika-based PGA Group in partnership with the Kenya Vehicle Assemblers.
Below is the video Courtesy of Daily Nation.
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