Why the Sh5Billion Rivatex That Uhuru Opened Two Months Ago is on the Brink of Collapse

Two months after the Eldoret-based cotton mill has roared back to life three years after the Treasury and the Indian government equitably injected Sh6 billion into the plant-the mill is in turmoil.

The money was used to buy modern machinery.

The once giant factory collapsed two decades ago due to mismanagement and corruption. It was then a fully state-owned company. It was acquired by Moi University four years ago.

It has since emerged that it might take time before the newly revamped Rivatex Textile Plant in Eldoret achieves the anticipated production capacity in the wake of key challenges facing the industry.

The Moi University-owned factory has been hit by acute shortage of raw materials and lack of skilled manpower to operate the state-of-art machinery that was imported from India early this year.

Managing director Thomas Kipkurgat said the textile company was facing a shortage of skilled manpower to operate the Sh5 billion modern machines installed this year.

Kipkurgat was speaking during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the company and Rift Valley Technical Training Institute at the company’s offices.

According to the MoU, the Rivatex will dispatch the first batch of workers to the institute to be trained on skills development that will enable them learn how to operate the machines.

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