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Game-changer to Western economy? Uhuru to launch gold, granite factories

President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently in the United Kingdom, where he is expected to co-host the global education summit. Soon after jetting back in the country after his three-day state visit of the UK, President Kenyatta will be heading to Western Kenya for a two-day visit.

Just like his tour of Nyanza region, the President will also be launching several projects that have either being concluded or ongoing, in a bid to cement his legacy less than 12 months to the end of his 10-year reign.

Much emphasis will be put on the two multi-million projects that the President will be launching- the construction of Gold Refinery in Ikolomani, Kakamega County, and Granite Processing and Value Addition Plant in Ebuyangu, Vihiga County.

On Tuesday, July 27, Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes toured both sites of the projects ahead of President Kenyatta’s visit. CS Munyes was accompanied by governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), and Wilberforce Otichilo (Vihiga).

CS John Munyes and Governor Wycliffe Oparanya when they visited the site where the Gold Refinery will be constructed in Ikolomani, Kakamega County.
CS John Munyes and Governor Wilberforce Otichilo when the toured the site where the Granite Processing and Value Addition Plant will be constructed in Ebuyangu, Vihiga County. PHOTO/ COURTESY.

According to CS Munyes, the national government will implement the projects in collaboration with private investors who have already been identified.

“We are currently finishing up the paperwork in the deal with the Italian investor ahead of the head of state’s tour,” said Munyes.

The two projects have been touted as game-changers to the economic growth of the region.

President Kenyatta will also be launching water and roads projects. Close sources to State House say that he will be issuing two universities with full charters.

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