The Star (Nairobi)

15 April 2014

Kenya: Sh400 Million to Revive Rivatex in Eldoret Town, Says Minister

The government has invested more than Sh400 million in the revival of the Rift Valley Textile Company in Eldoret. Industrialisation Secretary Adan Mohammed toured the firm last Friday.

He said the money was used to buy new machinery for the textile firm, which is now managed by Moi University. Adan said the company will be further expanded because of the high potential it has to create job.

"We are looking at Rivatex as one of the investments in our plan to revive the textile industry. We also have to revive the cotton industry," he said.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said the revival of the company is key to the economy of the county. "This is one example where our universities are playing a meaningful role in the development of our country and we want other instutitutions to take up such initiatives," he said.

Mandago said the government and all other public institutions in the country should now use Rivatex to manufacture all the uniforms they require like was the case before the company collapsed.

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