The County Government of Kitui has today received leather sewing machines from a local supplier.
The machines were received by Governor Charity Ngilu, in the company of the County Executive Committee Member and Chief Officer for Trade, cooperatives and Investments Esther Kilonzi and Dr Richard Muthoka at Manyenyoni, where the leather factory was constructed using the interlocking bricks,which are locally made in Kitui.
The machines received are for ;Polishing, Trimming, Grinding, Embossing, Sole attaching, Riveting, Cementing, Toe puff attaching, Skiving, Back part lasting, Round body post bed sewing and Direct drive roller sewing machines.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ngilu said that the way to grow the economy is by creating employment by industrializing Kitui and making it the industrial hub since citing the county’s strategic location and accessibility from Nairobi and Mombasa.
The first batch of fifty youths will be trained in the Kenya leather industry, on making leather shoes, belts, handbags and Security officers shoes among other leather products.
In her speech, she pointed out her administration’s push in actualizing youth Empowerment, by creating job opportunities, and ending the perennial rural-urban migration of our youth, in search of jobs in the urban centres.
She further added that this is a drive to end the dependency on importing leather products from China and other countries.