Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives Peter Munya has today presided over the launch of Mars Wrigley Confectionery, a new manufacturing plant in Mavoko, Athi River Machakos County. The event was attended by Machakos County Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua and U.S Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter.
Duncan Mcculloch, Regional Managing Director- Middle East, and Africa for Wrigley said that the company is seeking to expand its portfolio despite having been in existence in Kenya for 50 years. The regional managing Director underscored the benefits the firm will have on the locals.
“Wrigley partners with the Ministry of Health to offer free dental treatment for children,” said Duncan Mcculloch
He added that the company is partnering with over 80,000 entrepreneurs (hawkers) to sell their wares hence creating jobs for traders.
In his part, Machakos Governor criticized the European Union for accepting money from corruption to be banked in their countries.
“The European Union needs to stop talking about corruption and act on it. Why do you allow corrupt proceeds to be saved in your countries? Give us a list of shame. You have it… release it!” Mutua said.
He added “Kenyans are tired of begging for Money. Kenya is a land of opportunity. We need investors who will create genuine business opportunities for the youth.”
The U.S Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter in his part said that he is ready to work with people from counties who are ready to invest. He cautioned against debts that kills economies.
” The US believes in meaningful investment NOT CRIPPLING DEBT as it provides over 100 billion shillings in various investments for Kenya,” Kyle added.
The new plant is expected to offer new employment opportunities to young people.
The Factory will serve Kenya, North Africa, and West Africa among other markets as it seeks to expand its portfolio.
By Otwori Derrick.