President Uhuru Kenyatta  photo at Ruiru

President Uhuru Kenyatta commissions a gun manufacturing factory in Ruiru, Kiambu county.

The president added that the firm will help in national economic and technological advancement.

"COVID-19 has taught us that international supply chains are unsafe. We add another arrow to our security tremble. This sets the stage for the progressive domestic manufacture of security equipment used by our nation," he said.

The head of state said the arms factory which is part of the National Security Industries Network is in line with the Manufacturing Pillar of the Big Four Agenda, as well as the Kenya Vision 2030.

Uhuru was addressing officials at the National Security Industries, Ruiru where he commissioned the Sh4 billion gun manufacturing factory.

Kenya has manufactured nearly 12,000 riffles with 60% of the components being locally manufactured.

"Over the next year, we intend to diversify to include 9 mm pistols and 7.62 assault rifles," Uhuru said.

He was accompanied by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and a few government officials.

"By venturing into this, we seek self-reliance and strengthening of local capabilities and offering decent jobs for our youths," he said.

"The journey will not be an easy one. It needs an investment of money, training and building equipment," he said.

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