North Rift Governors

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, his Nandi counterpart Stephen Sang and Alex Tolgos Of Elgeyo Marakwet are united for a common goal.

The North Rift governors have agreed to jointly support construction of a Sh200 billion industrial park that will be built in Uasin Gishu and is set to create more than 500,000 jobs.

Though the project was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta early this year, North Rift Economic Bloc chairman Jackson Mandago, said the region has raw materials and ready market for products that will be manufactured at the industrial park.

“It will be the single largest industrial park in the country. We foresee major benefits that will open up the entire region for other investment opportunities in sectors like tourism,” Mandago said.

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The governors said they have goodwill from the national government and support for the project.  Sang said the investments would open up key sectors for expansion.

“We have agreed to partner as counties under Noreb to ensure the industrial park succeeds and benefits the more than 10 million people in our region,” he said.

Tolgos said the project will address unemployment problems. “The project will create jobs for our people, both directly and indirectly. We have adequate raw materials, especially from agriculture.” he said.

In August, the governors in the North Rift have planned to activate the North Rift Economic Bloc and implement key joint projects valued at more than Sh300 billion.

Mandago said the bloc will fight poverty and economically empower more than 15 million people with joint projects are in agriculture, water, energy and infrastructure.

The counties produce 30 per cent of the flowers exported from Kenya.

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