The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has approved the mass production of a Kenyan-made car dubbed BJ50.
Samwel Njogu, the brain behind BJ50 said they received the government’s go-ahead following scrutiny of the vehicles.
Photos of the BJ-50 car went viral on social media in March 2019 when Laikipia County Government exhibited it at the Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga.
Speaking to Citizen TV on Tuesday, Njogu, a 39-year-old self-trained innovator, said his dream of manufacturing a vehicle has come true after the project was approved.
"I had a dream of creating my own vehicle one day. I can now say I have achieved it. We have gone to all government agencies and they have approved it. We have also been issued with number plates," he said, adding that Kenyans fear boarding the vehicle due to its make.
"People fear boarding this vehicle. I implore them to be determined and courageous and appreciate our own. We can also innovate just like the Whites if we believe in ourselves."
The government has partnered with Sagak Auto Tech to initiate the mass production of the vehicles.
The car goes for Sh450,000 and has a capacity of seven passengers.