Let’s buy lo­cally as­sem­bled cars to pro­mote econ­omy

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Volk­swa­gen (VW) is the lat­est au­tomaker to add to the num­ber of lo­cally as­sem­bled ve­hi­cles. Other car mod­els such as Toy­ota, Isuzu, Mit­subishi, Land Rover and Nis­san are just among the many that are as­sem­bled lo­cally in the in­dus­tri­ous Thika town. The re-en­try of VW in the in­dus­try came af­ter the govern­ment signed a deal with VW Vivo South Africa. It clearly por­trays Kenya as what it is; a com­pet­i­tive in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion. Kenyans should ap­pre­ci­ate the ven­ture by buy­ing lo­cally as­sem­bled cars. This ob­vi­ously con­trib­utes to our econ­omy. The na­tional and county gov­ern­ments should take the lead by en­sur­ing their fleet man­age­ment pol­icy favours a big­ger per­cent­age of lo­cally as­sem­bled ve­hi­cles. The buy­ing of lo­cally as­sem­bled ve­hi­cles by the govern­ment will in­spire the ci­ti­zens to do the same. More job op­por­tu­ni­ties will be cre­ated in the assem­bly plants, thus curb­ing the un­em­ploy­ment prob­lem.

BRIAN MUTORO Via email

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