Kenyan manufacturers slam bus imports from SA

Kenyan manufacturers are up in arms about government’s decision to import BRT buses.

Kenyan manufacturers have slammed government’s plan to import the first batch of high-capacity buses from South Africa, arguing that the move goes against president Uhuru Kenyatta's industrialisation agenda by 2022.

Industry lobby body, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), said the import of 64 Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) in February this year would halt job creation opportunities and slow down investment in the struggling sector.

"As the largest procurement entity in the country, the government ought to direct its spending on locally manufactured goods with a view of supporting the Big Four Agenda," said KAM chief executive, Phyllis Wakiaga,

This follows Kenyan transport secretary, James Macharia, announcing that his ministry had opted to import the first batch of the nearly 1 000 mass transport buses needed to help decongest major city roads after local assemblers and body builders failed to meet the required specifications.

The BRT buses are to be deployed on major highways such as Thika Super Highway (which has already been marked), Waiyaki Way and Mombasa Road.

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