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KDF set to build ships for Tanzania, Uganda

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts in reviving the Kenya Shipyard Limited (KSL) are set to pay off after the state corporation received orders from Tanzania and Uganda.

While touring the KSL yard in Kisumu County, Government Spokesperson, Col. (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna, revealed that the country had received six orders from members of the East African Community (EAC).

Oguna stated that the corporation which is run by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) would be a force to reckon with after investment made by the government in reviving the corporation.

“In Africa, there are only two countries that are known to build ships and that is South Africa and Egypt. Kenya is joining that league as of now and we must be very proud,” Oguna stated.

This facility here in addition to constructing our own ship is also going to construct ships for the neighboring countries and also repairing and rehabilitating their ships,” he stated.

KSL is one of the government corporations that were revived during the second term of President Kenyatta. The country currently has two yards based in Kisumu and Mombasa counties.

The Head of State officially launched the KSL in December 2021 as the government aimed to tap into the region’s blue economy.


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