CS Matiang’I is considered one of the most powerful men in Kenya, and it’s beyond most people’s comprehension how such a person would undergo any form of harassment from anyone.
However, while addressing the president among other guests, the interior CS opened up on a topic unknown to most.
Dr. Matiang’I was speaking at the National Security Industries, Ruiru where the president commissioned a Sh4 billion gun manufacturing factory.
He started by congratulating the president for his vision and determination in seeing to it that the country has its own facility as far as the manufacturing of small arms is concerned.
He went on to say that this would go a long way in curing the problem of go-betweens.
Using an analogy of Covid, he said that before the Corona virus kills Kenyans, we are more likely to from a disease called middlemanism.
Using the term middlemanism which he coined to refer to go-betweens, he then opened up on the tribulations he undergoes in Harambee House.
He expressed his gratitude for having the facility, adding that a factory that manufactures these items will save them from middlemen who are always loitering around in Harambee House, disturbing them about arms, and trying to get them to buy there products.
He said that since there was now a local producer, they would be saved from the tiring middlemen.
President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioning the gun manufacturing factory in Ruiru, said that it will aid in national economic and technological advancement.
“Covid-19 has taught us that international supply chains are vulnerable to disruption. We add another arrow to our security quiver. This sets stage for the progressive domestic manufacture of security equipment used by our nation,”
President Uhuru Kenyatta said the arms factory which is part of the National Security Industries Network is in line with the Manufacturing Pillar of the Big Four Agenda, as well as the Kenya Vision 2030.
Kenya has manufactured about 12,000 riffles with 60% of the components being locally manufactured.
“Over the next year, we intend to diversify to include 9 mm pistols and 7.62 assault rifles,” Uhuru said.