William Ruto, a presidential candidate for the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) criticized the nation's small arms facility in Ruiru, Kiambu County claiming it lacks economic justification.
The Deputy President said it would have been better to build garment factories that cost less and employ more people, questioning the sense of investing Ksh. 4 billion in a factory that would only produce 100 jobs.
In April of last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the Ksh. 4 billion factory which can annually produce 12,000 assault rifles in a single shift.
According to the president, this will reduce the cost of purchasing weapons for Kenya's security forces and create a sustainable national security industrial base that will employ young Kenyans.
The country's economic model is "fatally flawed," according to Dr. Ruto, who was speaking on Thursday night at Kasarani Stadium during the release of his party's manifesto. He questioned why no action has been taken by the government to fix it.
The leader of the UDA party lobbied for assistance for MSME claiming that they are an essential component of the economy.
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