The Kenyan government plans to build a new railway from Nakuru-Kabarnet to Marich in the Pokot Central District, where a large Indian cement manufacturing company plans to erect a Sh6.4 billion ($US83.2m) cement factory, industrialisation permanent secretary professor John Lonyangapuo has announced. The entry of the Cemtech company in West Pokot was an indication of the area’s huge economic potential, he said, adding that the new investor will not only help develop the area, but also create many job opportunities. ”The construction of the railway line is long overdue,” he was quoted saying. “The Government will make deliberate efforts to woo and provide a conducive atmosphere to attract investors.” Pointing out that the factory will serve as a major gateway to opening up the region’s untapped tourism and agricultural potential.
Cemtech group director Rajesh Rawal said the proposed cement plant will manufacture a variety of other products. Limestone deposits in West Pokot will be viable for industrial use for at least 50 years, he explained, adding “We are set to produce 600,000 tones of cement per year in the first phase.”