New Pokot plant will boost region’s economy, says PM

New Pokot plant will boost region’s economy, says PM
Published: 26 November 2009

The establishment of a cement factory in Pokot will help bring down cement prices and curb shortages of the commodity in the country, Prime minister Raila Odinga has said, adding that it will also help end cattle rustling by creating jobs for youth and women, and improve the economy of the district.

“There is a high demand for cement due to rapid growth of the construction and building sector and the establishment of another cement plant will help bring down cement prices and curb a shortage of cement in the country,” he said.

The Prime minister was speaking in Sigor Constituency after he announced that the government had granted a mining license for the establishment of the Sh7 billion cement plant at Sebit village in Pokot Central district to an Indian investor, Sanghi-Cemtech.

He said the company, which intends to produce 1.2 million tonnes of cement annually beginning next year, had fulfilled all conditions given by the State and the local community, to set up a cement plant in the semi-arid district.