President Uhuru Kenyatta made an extensive tour of several development projects in parts of Kwale County, Saturday.
Accompanied by Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Samson Mwathethe, the President visited the Shimoni fish landing site which the government through the Kenya Ports Authority is in the process of upgrading into a modern fishing port complete with cold storage facilities, modern offices for the various state agencies and berths for light cargo vessels at a cost Sh500 million.
Speaking to residents of the small fishing town, the President said the fishing port and supporting infrastructure will help spur economic activities in the area.
He said that as part of efforts to ensure that the local community benefits from the fishing port, the government will sponsor 150 youth from the area to attend coxswain training at the newly established Bandari Maritime Academy.
From Shimoni, the Head of State proceeded to Kibuyuni town where he inspected the ongoing construction of a 200 tonne per day fish processing factory by a Chinese investor.
Once complete, the factory will directly employ 500 Kenyans from the area and provide a ready market for hundreds of fishermen from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Somalia and Madagascar.
While in Kibuyuni, the President also visited the Kibuyuni Seaweed Farmers factory, a project by a local women group.