The government has signed a partnership deal with Sagak AutoTech to kick-start mass production of Kenyan-made car christened “Laikipia BJ 50.”
The locally assembled 7-seater vehicle was first unveiled during the 2019 Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga County.
Samuel Gatonye Kimani, a Nyahururu-based self-trained innovator is the man behind the Sh450,000 car whose photos went viral on social media last year with the Laikipia County Government promising to support the invention.
An article posted on the Laikipia County Government website last year said that the brains behind the innovation had received orders for 26 units from “influential personalities.”
On Wednesday, the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency announced a partnership with Sagak that will see the car mass-produced for the local and international markets.
“Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency is collaborating with Laikipia County to assess the needs of up-scaling the Sagak Auto tech plant and build capacity to produce for the local, regional and international markets,” the agency said.
The signing of the partnership comes a week after Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina officially opened the assembly line. The industrial unit is based in Nyahururu, where all the assembly and production is done.
CS Maina said the government will offer its support in the production and marketing of the automobile to stimulate the economy.