The National Cement Company invested $280 million to build the clinker and the 15 Mega Watt power plant located between Merrueshi and Mbirikani in Kajiado County, south of the capital Nairobi.
The clinker plant, with a capacity of manufacturing 1.2 million metric tonnes per year, is set to employ 700 directly and provide thousands more jobs indirectly.
The government said it is a move that supports its effort to create quality jobs for Kenyans through the expansion of the manufacturing sector.
Kenyatta said he was pleased that the plant, the latest and largest clinker plant in the region that will be making the vital ingredient in cement production, is set to increase its employment capacity to 7,000 direct jobs by 2019.
“These jobs will teach our young people vital skills. These jobs will build the economy of this county. And these jobs that will have a multiplier effect right across the country,” he said.
He emphasized that the impact and economic benefits of the plant will be felt across the entire country.
He urged factories to commit to reducing the cost of cement as part of their support to bringing down the price of building materials to make it affordable and within the reach for those ready to put their effort and capital into building new homes and businesses.
“This will strengthen the country because it will make it far easier for us to achieve our target of half a million new homes for Kenyans,” the President said.
He pointed out that “the journey that started in Kajiado will continue in the rest of the country”, adding that plans are underway to build new cement and steel factories in three other counties.