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Senator told to stop intimidating investor

29 October 2015, 12:58 Philomenah Chebet

West Pokot - West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin has asked area Senator, John Lonyangapuo to stop intimidating an Indian investor in the County who is planning to set up a KES 12 billion Cement Factory in the region.

Prof Lonyapuo last weekend issued a three month ultimatum to Cemtech Sanghi Group Company to start building the factory whose foundation stone was laid at Sebit four years ago, or surrender the project to another investor.

Speaking to News24, Kachapin said the investor should be given more time because the company is on the on the right track.

“I want us leaders to hold our horses. I am appealing to Senator Lonyangapuo and other leaders from the county to strive to create an enabling investment in our region; we shouldn’t scare investors by our utterances,” explained the county boss.

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The Governor said his government is in constant touch with the investor and he has assured him that the much awaited cement factory building will not be another white elephant project.

“We are in constant communication with the investor and I am convinced that their plans are solid, and it is only a matter of time before the factory is up and running,” said Kachapin.

Senator Lonyangapuo toured the cement factory site on Sunday and expressed concerns over the delay of the multi-million project that that was started in 2011.

“We are now giving him until January 1, 2016 to start the work or he tells us he has no capacity to do the work; we look for another investor,” Lonyangapuo said.

The plan to construct the stalled cement factory was launched in 2011 by the then Prime Minister, Raila Odinga amid fanfare. It was expected to create over 3 000 jobs for locals and spur the region’s economy and other projects like infrastructure, health, water and education.

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